GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Vale of Belvoir

15 miles (24.3 km)

A long circular walk through the lovely Vale of Belvoir on the borders ofLeicestershire,NottinghamshireandLincolnshire. It's a varied walk with woodland trails, waterside paths along the Grantham Canal and a visit to the splendid Belvoir Castle. The walk runs for about 15 miles with some moderate climbing at the start through the Belvoir Estate. The remainder of the route is fairly easy going with nice flat paths from Stathern onwards.
The walk starts in the Lincolnshire village of Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and heads west along the Jubilee Way to Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. The Grade I listed stately home is the ancestral seat of the family of theDukes of Rutland. It was rebuilt in the Gothic Revival style in 1832 and is surrounded by a huge estate with lakes and woodland. From the elevated position of the castle there are magnificent views over the Vale of Belvoir. For a fee you can explore the castle grounds and inside view the fine artwork, exquisite furniture and museum detailing the interesting history of the castle.
You continue west through the Barkestone Wood to the village of Stathern. The route then turns north to follow footpaths through the countryside to Plungar, where you pick up the canal. The now disused canal runs for 33 miles (53km) fromGrantham, falling through 18locksto West Bridgford where it joins theRiver Trent.
This section follows the canal east past Redmile, the pretty Bottesford Wharf and Longore Bridge before coming to Woolsthorpe Wharf. There's pretty locks, an old bridge and a nice canal-side country pub which is great for refreshments here. Shortly after you return to the village and the finish point for the walk.
To continue your walking in the area you could head south of Belvoir to Knipton Reservoir and visit the pretty villages of Knipton and Branston.

Vale of Belvoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Vale of Belvoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Belvoir Castle - geograph.org.uk - 50333

Belvoir Castle

Reeded Cottage, Belvoir Estate - geograph.org.uk - 604010

Reeded Cottage, Belvoir Estate

Beacon Hill, Barkestone Wood - geograph.org.uk - 157170

Beacon Hill, Barkestone Wood

Crossroads, Stathern, with signs - geograph.org.uk - 1192314

Crossroads, Stathern, with signs

Plungar, Granby Lane - geograph.org.uk - 963048

Plungar, Granby Lane

The towpath of the disused Grantham Canal - geograph.org.uk - 978482

The towpath of the disused Grantham Canal

Grantham Canal towpath - geograph.org.uk - 944706

Grantham Canal towpath

Woolsthorpe Wharf, Bridge 61 - geograph.org.uk - 1536651

Woolsthorpe Wharf, Bridge 61

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Vale of Belvoir.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Vale of Belvoir.mmo (right click - 'Save As')