Walking in the Vale of Belvoir

From wooded hillsides to peaceful canal paths, there’s a wide variety of walking to be found in the Vale. Pretty villages cluster around the local pub & historic churches. The area is famous for it’s locally produced Stilton Cheese. Belvoir Castle perches on top of the ridge of the vale and is open during the Summer to visitors. There is also the soon to be opened Engine Yard project to house garden centres, café, restaurant and boutique shops.

You’ll always need a great cafe to stop at for a well earned break! Or perhaps the pub….?

Take a look at our Gallery for a preview of some of the stunning countryside you’ll encounter on your walk…

 

Vale of Belvoir Ramblers

Vale of Belvoir Ramblers We’re a small and friendly Group of the Nottinghamshire Area Ramblers Association based in the Vale of Belvoir.  Our varied programme offers weekly Sunday and monthly Wednesday walks and in June and July we have leisurely evening strolls often ending with a sociable drink at a pub.

Many of our walks are in and around the Vale but we regularly travel further afield to Derbyshire and the Peak District and other East Midlands counties.

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Walk – Harlaxton loop via Denton & Harlaxton Manor

6 miles (approx. 2.5 hours)

Elevation 213 feet

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Stately Home, Wildlife, Woodland

The walk is set in the Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, not far from the A1 and Grantham. The route is generally flat and across agricultural land, but includes a couple of miles of quiet country roads or lanes with broad grass verges. The walk ends with a visit to a magnificent 19th Century manor-house.

‘Harlaxton Manor was built in the 1830s for Gregory Gregory, a Nottinghamshire businessman, to replace the original Elizabethan Manor House in Harlaxton Village. Gregory employed Anthony Salvin as architect and Harlaxton Manor must be regarded as Salvin’s masterpiece. Built in Ancaster stone, it is an exuberant merging of Gothic, Jacobean and Baroque styles, creating an unforgettable and dramatic impact. Owner and architect had many differences of opinion, however. Salvin, having completed the exterior of the main building, was replaced by William Burn who is thought responsible for much of the interior. The house is now owned by the University of Evansville, Indiana, USA and is used as their British Campus’. (Culled from Harlaxton Manor website).

Information for Dog Owners: this walk is considered suitable for biddable dogs.


Harlaxton Village lies just off the A1 and A607. Park in the village centre in the lay-by near the war memorial and telephone kiosk, at the junction of High Street and Church Street; map ref SK 884316.

Sat Nav: NG32 1HB


The Gregory Pub and Dining Rooms, The Drift, Harlaxton is situated just north of the A607 road; telephone 01476-577076.

Harlaxton Village Store and Post Office: 01476-577155.

‘Every year Harlaxton College stages many weddings, conferences, summer residential programmes and special events, welcoming many thousands of visitors from across the world.

Harlaxton Manor provides a warm welcome for all visitors as well as providing essential venue services for event organisers’. (Culled from Harlaxton Manor website).

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From lay-by by telephone kiosk, turn up Church Street. Then turn right.

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Reach Church of St Mary and St Peter.

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Leave churchyard via gate to left and walk straight on alongside hedge. Pass through small yard, then enter paddock via gate with chain.

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Bear left across paddock to exit via another gate.

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Cross road to reach metal field-gate, which I found easier to climb than to open. Now head due south across fields…

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… over several stiles…

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… and pass through trees…

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… then along path in next field. to reach and cross track by Wealdmore Lodge Farm (where you might be barked at, then greeted joyously, by small, nondescript dog).

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Passing through double wooden field-gates, carry on ahead alongside hedge.

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Reach metal steps up to lane. Turn right along lane, using broad grass verge.

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Pass outskirts of Hungerton…

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… and continue along lane. At next crossroads, turn right towards Denton. Views open up along here and Belvoir Castle may be seen in distance on left.

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After nearly one mile your lane descends and Denton appears below. Carry on down.

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Reach A607 road at gatehouse to Denton Manor. Carefully cross A607 and walk into Denton.

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Look out for public footpath between houses on right. (Footpath sign is further in on telegraph pole). Footpath leads into meadow.

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Cross footbridge near fallen tree. Now walk uphill and cross track and two more stiles.

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Walk up another rise, with church spire at Harlaxton presently coming into view. Soon you must cross that busy A607 again.

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Safely across, continue in similar direction across fields towards Harlaxton.

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Cross stile to left of first house. Path leads back to church. Here retrace steps down Church Street to reach High Street and your car. To complete walk, proceed left along High Street past village store.

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After Number 17, turn right through gate onto footpath.

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Shortly you turn right onto long approach drive…

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… cross bridge over lake, pass walled garden and…

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…. approach gatehouse. Immediately before gatehouse is drive to right, which serves as exit from Harlaxton Manor. This will be your way back. Pass through gatehouse.

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See Harlaxton Manor in all its glory. Return through gatehouse.

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Take exit drive, now on your left.

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As you proceed along exit drive, take your last look back. Carry on into Manor Drive and out onto road, where turn right back to start.