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Five days till Blast Off !!

So, it’s finally here, the Belvoir Blast…. you entered months ago and it’s been a speck in a galaxy, far, far away and at the back of your mind… You’ve had a lovely summer, probably taken your foot off the training pedal a little and now realise it’s time to get the lycra back on in five(ish) days time.

There is a choice of three stunning, circular routes, 28, 58 and 100 miles. Let’s be honest, this is a challenging sportive, but if you decide to alter the route on the day and drop down your mileage that is absolutely fine!  There are feed stations to stop and refuel on the way with sandwiches and delicious home-made cakes.

It’s not too late to enter this terrific event. If you have a bike and the motivation you can do this! Even if you start off small this year with the aim of going the longer distance next year.







Houston, we have a problem! 

If you’re a little worried you haven’t done as much training as you imagined you would – (Let’s face it – we are all busy! ) make the most of the last few days before the event to clean up your diet, get quality rest and make sure your bike is prepped for the event!

One of the best things you can do to ensure you have a good day, and for your own peace of mind, is to check over your bike for worn chain & tyres, give it a spin to make sure the gears are all working properly. Check your saddle bag for all the essentials. For a long ride 2 innertubes is the ideal, plus puncture repair kit, a good bike tool and a couple of snacks. A pair of latext gloves can be a godsend if you have the space! Trying to wipe the oil off your hands on the grass verge isn’t always ideal.

Luckily, for anything more serious than a tyre change, the ladies who are the brains (& beauty obvs) behind the Belvoir Blast have you covered! On registration you are given the number of the mechanic who is on call for the duration of the sportive.

Britta Bayman & Emma Roberts


Good luck to everyone having a bash at the Blast! The weather forecast is looking lovely for the weekend too. Keep drinking, keep eating & most importantly, keep pedalling!

For the full details on the Blast and how to enter follow this link.





Vale of Belvoir – Then & Now

I thought it would be interesting to compare the changes over the last 100 years or so, in many of the pictures the trees have grown so much they obscure a lot of the buildings but in some cases you can really clearly see the features of the buildings in the older photographs.


Aslockton Station, 1920 and below, as it is today.


Barkestone-le-Vale 1920

Chapel Street looking down past Ivy Farm towards the old primary school.


Base of the Market Cross and Stocks – 1913 The Bull and Belvoir Coffee House behind.





The Green and Ford over the River Devon, 1906

High Street Bottesford in the 1960’s looking down past the Rutland Arms on the right of the picture.



The Marquis of Granby, 1925 and below as it is in 2017, looking very different.

Main Street, Granby, 1925




Chapel Street, 1936


Granby Lane taken outside Grange Farm, 1910


Main Street, Wesleyan Chapel Sunday School anniversary, 1921.
Members of the congregation have gathered outside the Post Office, run by Harold Castle.


Old images taken from The Vale of Belvoir available to purchase here.


Our cover photo on the Facebook page this month features the ruins of St Mary’s Church, Colston Basset.

If you fancy taking a walk around this area, the following info will definitely point you in the right direction.

Kinoulton, Colston Bassett & Cropwell Bishop

Outline Route Map Walk Grading

County/Area – Nottinghamshire

Author – Lou Johnson

Length – 8.5 miles / 13.8 km

Ascent – 200 feet / 61 metres

Grade – easy/mod

Start – OS grid reference SK678324
Lat 52.884795 // Long -0.993864
Postcode NG12 3GB (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

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This circular walk explores the Nottinghamshire countryside visiting three villages en route. The walk also includes a section of the partly derelict Grantham Canal. The route includes some walking along roads but this does not detract from the walk’s enjoyment.

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The start is a small car park (grid ref SK678324) located on the east side of the minor road from Kinoulton to Cropwell Bishop. After parking walk south along this road over the Grantham Canal and descend the to towpath. Walk south west with the canal on your right. This section of the canal has water and is under restoration. The canal turns left at the Devil’s Elbow towards Kinoulton. On your right is Vimy Ridge Farm with its avenue of Lombardy trees which were originally planted in commemoration of the death of the owner’s son during World War One. The original planting was replaced as part of the Millennium celebrations.

Reaching the next bridge (grid ref. SK675306) leave the canal towpath and walk east through the village of Kinoulton. Reaching the road junction at the heart of the village continue straight ahead on the lane leading to Hall Farm (grid ref. SK684314) where a bridleway leads across fields in a north easterly direction to join an enclosed track that leads to the attractive village of Colston Bassett where refreshments are available.

Continue straight ahead passing the church on your right. At grid ref. SK700334 take the footpath on the left. This path leads past the remains of St Mary’s Church to reach a lane. Go straight across the lane and continue on the bridleway past Home Farm on your right. This leads into Pasture Lane, a track that leads to a road on the east side of Cropwell Bishop (grid ref. SK687354). Turn right and walk through the village to a road junction (grid ref. SK679355).

Turn left here following a road heading south. After about 500 yards you are able to join the towpath alongside the Grantham Canal. This section of the canal was, at the time of writing, overgrown and dry. However there was evidence that work was in hand to restore the canal. Continue along the canal roughly south to return to the start point.

More about St Mary’s, Colston Basset

Colston Bassett

St Mary

Nottingham Archdeaconry

East Bingham Deanery


The ruins of St Mary’s Church stand on a low rise nearly a kilometre north east of the village of Colston Bassett. It was built on the site of an older church, probably Saxon. (A Saxon stone has been found nearby.)  It was definitely in existence by 1135.

The oldest visible part, according to Pevsner, is the walled-up Norman north arcade with circular piers but pointed arches. The south arcade was partly transitional, partly 14th century. Also of the 14th century are the chancel and tower arch, although the tower is 15th century with the typical frieze of this neighbourhood.

Pevsner thought the south transept must have had ’a sumptuous window’ but it is now all gone. In the mid-18th century classical windows were inserted.

Much of the building is of blocks of blue bias limestone in thin layers. Several different stones, eg white limestone and ironstone, were used for dressing and facing. There are a number of good slate headstones in the churchyard.

The depopulation of the Wolds led to decline and by 1744 the church was in disrepair. Permission was granted to demolish the north aisle, arcade and transept and south porch. In 1892 the Diocese allowed the interior fittings and roof to be removed after Robert M Knowles of Colston Bassett Hall built the new church of St John the Divine in the village.

Two bells were transferred to the latter and the screen went to Long Whatton All Saints, Leicestershire.

However St Mary’s was never de-consecrated. In July 2005 a service of re-dedication was held in the ruins following restoration work, which began in 1994 led by John Severn. It is a scheduled Ancient Monument and is listed Grade I.



Firstly a huge thanks to Cathryn at the Staunton Arms for letting us get out hands on this delicious sounding & healthy soup to try out this weekend. As far as can see the only sinful element here are the naughty but nice deep fried parsnip crisps right at the end!!!

For those of you who have yet to pay a visit to this local favourite, The Staunton Arms is one of the Vale of Belvoir’s finest village pubs being awarded the Vale of Belvoir’s Camra Pub of the Year 2016.

Check out their website for the latest events and offers for Valentines, Mother’s Day and so much more.

The 200-year old listed pub delivers freshly prepared dishes every day, and offers hand-picked cask ales from local and regional brewers, all available in warm and relaxing surroundings.
The eight fully-refurbished en-suite bedrooms are available throughout the week, including our mini suite and manor suite, which is perfect for families. To take a look at the rooms click here.

They are also our outdoor heated seating / dining area for 2017.

For a full list of events in & around The Vale please click here.

For ideas on where to eat & drink in The Vale of Belvoir please click here.





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