Walk #59: Oakham to Melton Mowbray
Map of the walk
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A fairly nice walk on a bitterly cold day. It promised to be as muddy as the Stamford to Oakham section had been the week before, but the hard frost kept most of the fields firm.
For the first time in a long while a planned route had to be diverted from due to my not being able to find the footpath heading westwards out of Whissendine. It says something when you cannot even follow a route that is clearly marked out on a 1:25,000 scale map! Fortunately the quiet Melton road could be used instead of that footpath, so I did not spend too long searching for the path.
From Oakham station take a footpath that leads from near the level crossing with the A606 and heads to the northwest behind a school and over playing fields to meet up with the A606 again. Follow the A606 for two miles into the little village of Langham. There is a footpath beside the road for the full distance, and on the Saturday when I did this section the road was not too busy.
Langham is worth a few minutes inspection, and this can be done by heading northwards through the village when the A606 takes a sharp left turn. When you reach a T-junction in the village turn left along a road and then almost immediately right along a footpath that takes you across another road and across fields to meet the A606 once again. The footpath should have brought you out at a junction between the A606 and a minor road heading NNW towards Whissendine. Head along this road.
When you reach the top of the hill, take a footpath that heads across fields to the north (not the track to the east) and which follows a stream. A little over a mile later you reach the village of Whissendine. Follow roads through the village until you reach a T-junction. It had been my intent to turn north here and then westwards to follow a footpath that shadows the Melton road westwards. However, despite initial clear signs, the path soon disappeared, with very overgrown (and barbed-wired) stiles and eventually an area of new housing.
I gave up on the footpath after that and committed myself to following the Melton Road. This was a quiet road and there was little traffic as I passed Browne's Lodge and down the hill to pass into Leicestershire. Just after a road junction to the left you reach one to the right. Follow this road up the hill until you reach the driveway for Jericho Lodge (this is where the footpath from Whissendine would have emerged). From this hill you get a nice view to the northwest towards Burton Lazars, although Melton Mowbray is hidden from view in a valley.
Follow the footpath that descend down the hill westwards from Jericho Lodge and take footpaths. Near the bottom of the hill turn right along another footpath that heads northwest past Berry Covert, which then turns northwards to head to the east of Sapcoat's Spinnet. Shortly north of here, turn left to join another footpath that heads westwards.
Shortly after it crosses a brook the footpath splits; take the right-hand fork that climbs uphill into the village of Burton Lazars. Turn left along a road for a few yards and then turn right to head north through Burton Lazars; cross another road, and continue on along the footpath for a few hundred yards until you reach a track heading west to east. Follow this track to the west until it emerges on the A606 once again on the southern outskirts of Melton Mowbray. It is then a simple case of following a footpath beside this road for 3/4 of a mile down into the centre of Melton Mowbray and the station.
This makes a total distance of 10.6 miles, with 506 feet of ascent and 633 feet of descent.
There are regular trains running between Melton Mowbray and Oakham.
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