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Come and discover an often overlooked part of England. The Harborough district is an area of rolling countryside, ancient pastures and farmland, streams, woodland spinneys and beautiful villages. Canals, battles and buried treasure are all there to be explored – not to mention local characters and ancient customs.

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Supported by Harborough District Council

All the festival walks are led by two experienced guides. Consequently you not only get to enjoy the lovely countryside, but your walk will be enhanced with fascinating details of the local area and its history.

Supported again by Harborough District Council, this year we are pleased to announce a new sponsor. Very appropriately Involved Holidays organise guided walking holidays in the UK and abroad.

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Sponsored by Involved Holidays

your guides

James Carpenter is a trained Blue Badge Tourist Guide and a member of the Institute of Tourist Guides. He has lived locally all his life. History has been his passion and with a background in farming, he has the wealth of knowledge to make your walk a thoroughly delightful experience.

George Keeping is an outdoor writer and footpaths consultant who has written and contributed to guidebooks across the Midlands. He has led guided walks in Market Harborough, and with a background in archaeology and conservation, is as fascinated with what goes on beneath the soil as he is with the wide landscapes of Harborough District above.

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Please note: All the guided walks will be led by James Carpenter MITG and assisted by George Keeping.

the festival walks  - September  10th - 17th

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SUNday SEPTEMBER  10th

Morning walk

Medbourne, Blaston, Nevill Holt Circular Walk

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Today there are two guided walks centred around the beautiful Nevill Holt house.  On this walk we visit two of South Leicestershire’s gems in Medbourne and Blaston.  We also walk in the footsteps of Romans as we pass ancient villa and town sites and pass close to the course of the Roman Gartree road.

Distance: 6.5 miles

Grade: Easy, mainly on quiet roads & tracks

Starting Time:10.00am

Meeting Place: The Nevill Arms

Grid Ref.  SP7995 9394

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Parking: On the road by the village hall

afternoon walk

Great Easton, Bringhurst, Drayton, Nevill Holt, Circular Walk

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Whereas in the morning the walk takes us west of Nevill Holt, this time we are on its eastern side. We discover more about the house and climb Drayton hill for fabulous views over the river Welland to Rockingham Castle. Not forgetting visits to two more lovely villages: Great Easton and Bringhurst.

Distance: 6 miles

Grade: Moderate. Includes a steepish road walk

up to Nevill Holt

Starting Time: 2.30pm

Meeting Place: Outside the Sun Inn Great Easton

Grid Ref: SP84949219

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Parking: High St.,Barnsdale & Cross Bank

WEDNESday SEPTEMBER 13 th  

AFTERNOON walk

Wistow, Kilby Circular Walk

Distance: 4.5 miles

Grade: Moderate

Starting Time: 2.00pm

Meeting Place & Parking: Wistow Rural Centre

Grid Ref: SP63839591

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This is the shortest walk of the festival and takes us along part of the Grand Union Canal. We will also check out some unusual graves in Newton Harcourt church graveyard, discover a long-disused rifle testing range, see where Charles I stayed and learn of the weird legends concerning a martyred saint. To finish, Wistow Rural Centre is on hand for afternoon tea.

tHurSday SEPTEMBER  14TH

AFTERNOON walk

Tur Langton, Stonton Wyville, Shangton Circular Walk

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Distance: 6 miles

Grade: Moderate

Starting Time: 2.00pm

Meeting Place: Tur Langton Church

Grid Ref: SP71379456

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Parking: Main St.

This walk could be subtitled ‘Romans and Water’. With three more lovely villages to see, we will cross the Stonton Brook three times and discover the site of monastic fishponds. We will also walk along part of the Roman Gartree road to find where the Gar Tree originally stood. Then we finish back at Tur Langton where afternoon tea is available.

FRIday SEPTEMBER  15TH

afternoon walk

Welham, Sutton Bassett, River Welland Circular Walk

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Distance: 6.5 miles

Grade: Easy

Starting Time: 2.00pm

Meeting Place: Welham church

Grid Ref: SP76539247

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Parking: On village street. 

In association with

The Harborough Woodland Group

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With river conservation a hot topic at present, a large part of this walk follows the course of the Welland and includes a tour, led by Bruce Durham, of recent tree planting and river conservation on Welham Lane.  However, we also visit Welham, Weston by Welland and Sutton Bassett taking in fabulous views over the Welland Valley on our journey.

Sunday  SEPTEMBER  17TH

ALL DAY  walk

Launde Abbey & Rutland Circular walk

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The walking festival finishes with a 7.5 mile all-day walk. Starting at historic Launde Abbey, the walk takes us past the Tudor Withcote Hall and into the delightful countryside of Rutland, stopping to eat your packed lunch at Braunston in Rutland. We then climb the ridge between the rivers Charter and Gwash for beautiful views over Rutland, before heading back to Launde Abbey where refreshments are available.

NB: This is an all day walk: Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:           7.5 miles

Grade:                Moderate/hard

Starting Time: 11.00am

Meeting Place: Launde Abbey

Parking:             On grass outside the abbey car park. 

price PER WALK

£7.00 per person

Attendance on the walks by prior booking only.

Walking Conditions

All the routes are easy to moderate walking through open farmland and villages. There may be some slopes to climb plus a some field stiles, but nothing too strenuous. The paths are generally good, however there could be some muddy patches.  We cannot predict the weather and therefore proper walking footwear and weatherproofs are recommended.  We will be walking through pastures with cattle and sheep present and are therefore unable to allow dogs on the walks.

We must reserve the right not to allow anyone on a walk who seems unlikely to be able to cope with the conditions on the day.

We will do our best to keep to the published programme but must reserve the right to cancel or amend walks if this proves to be necessary.

refreshment stops &and comfort breaks

We have done our utmost to plan the walks to finish close to or within easy driving distance of a local pub or café. Wherever possible there will be toilet facilities available somewhere on the routes.

Any questions?

If you need any help or further information, please email, james.carpenter@harboroughwalks.org 

About Our Sponsor

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Involved Holidays is an independently owned tour operator, specialising in group travel and walking holidays in the UK and Europe. With over twenty years of experience in the travel industry we are passionate about making sure our customers have an unforgettable experience on their holiday, giving them the opportunity to meet like minded people and make memories to last a lifetime.

Our holidays offer the perfect combination of walking and leisure time to discover the local area you are visiting at your own pace. All our walks are led by friendly, experienced local guides, who have vast amounts of knowledge, giving you a real taste and insight into your chosen destination.

Our detailed itineraries ensure you see the most stunning scenery, experience local cultures, and walk off the beaten track to discover hidden gems!

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