Walk #66: Melton Mowbray to Bingham
Map of the walk
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This was a highly interesting walk between the towns of Melton Mowbray and Bingham that had everything, the local Belvoir Hunt in full flow, glorious sunshine and even a car crash to add to the excitement.
Due to an injury I had suffered during the previous week I chose to take this walk as a test, and hence carried a pack with only my Walking boots in and wore my trainers for the whole way. Unfortunately the descent from Hazel Tongue Farm along the only stretch of footpath on today's walk was very muddy, and particularly a stretch at the farm where the path was obscured by slurry, which got my trainers in a very nasty condition.
I am not someone who particularly enjoys road walking, but nevertheless I found this walk very enjoyable, particularly for the views down the Vale of Belvoir from the higher ground to the south. Near the end of the walk I passed followers of the Vale of Belvoir hunt, who, after they worked out that I was not a hunt saboteur, offered me a glass of wine that I politely refused. In the distance there were horses running across fields, and as always I thought that horses in full flight are a truly magnificent sight.
From the railway station in Melton Mowbray head into the city centre and take the road heading directly north towards Scalford. Shortly before Scalford Hall is reached take a left and then a right to head up a road to the north-north-west.
At the top of Brown's Hill (the highest point of the walk at 152 metres) take Stone Penn Lane that leads off to the right and follow it downhill to a road junction. Continue straight on at the junction and when you reach Hazel Tongue Farm turn left to take a very muddy bridleway that heads straight down the hill to the north, before ending at a road by the windmill at Mill Farm. Join the road and head into the village of Long Clawson. This footpath gives some wonderful views over the Vale of Belvoir below, and it is possible to make out Bingham and even Nottingham itself to the north.
Head east out of Long Clawson along Hose Lane, and then along more roads to the village of Hose itself. In Hose follow the road as it turns and skirts the south side of the village to head northeastwards towards the village of Harby.
Go through Harby and follow the road northwards that is signposted to Langar and Bingham. Just outside the village of Harby the road crosses the Grantham Canal. Even though the canal is now disused and even drained in sections, the towpath is extant throughout it's length and so it could well make an interesting (although winding) route between Grantham and Nottingham.
The road crosses the Leicestershire / Nottinghamshire border, and then halfway between Harby and Langar you pass an airfield on the right which offers skydiving instruction and courses.
When Langar is reached follow the road through the village and down the hill towards Bingham. This four-mile section is fairly plain, and fortunately the road is not too busy.
The approach to Bingham is broken by the A52(T) road, which has to be crossed. It is then simply a journey down the hill into the centre of the village and the market square.
This makes a total distance of 16.1 miles, with 535 feet of ascent and 688 feet of descent.
It is possible to catch trains from Bingham station into Nottingham, and thence from Nottingham to Leicester where you can change for a Peterborough train to Melton Mowbray.
There are also bus servics every ten minutes (weekdays and Saturdays) from Bingham into the city centre. These take longer than the train, but are more frequent. You can then catch an hourly service to Melton Mowbray from the Broadmarsh bus station in Nottingham.
I set out fully intending to catch the train, but since there was a bus so temptingly waiting for me in the centre of Bingham I caught that instead of waiting 45 minutes for the train. I then had an hour to go shopping in Nottingham before catching the bus to Melton Mowbray.
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