Active Together

Weekend Wanderer walks - Swithland near Loughborough - Saturday 26 April 2014 from 10am

Sibbertoft walking photo

What are Weekend Wanderer walks?

Weekend Wanderer walks are for those people who enjoy a longer walk through the beautiful Harborough (and sometimes further afield!) countryside.  The walks will cross fields and stiles and last between 2 and 4 hours and usually involve a refreshment stop in a pub or cafe.

When is the next walk taking place?

Swithland near Loughborough.  We will meet from 10am to order food etc. at the car park of the Griffin Inn, 174 Main Street, Swithland, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 8TJ

http://www.griffininnswithland.co.uk/contact

Swithland is signposted from the villages of Quorn, Rothley, Mountsorrel (it is off the A6 road to Loughborough) and it lies to the east of the A50 road to Coalville from Markfield and Newtown Linford.

We start walking at 10.15am and must leave no later than 10.20am to be able to see the Great Central Railway trains - see below.

About the walk - distance and duration 

The walk is approx. 5.5 miles and the duration is approx. 3 hours.

About the walk

We will be walking across fields on footpaths and tracks and past the expensive property in the village, then divert into Swithland Woods for a woodland walk and some bluebell spotting as they should be well out by then.

The buds were forming nicely on the walk rece last week – they only appear in ancient woodland and this one has been protected since medieval times. We should see the train on The Great Central Railway on its journey from Rothley to Loughborough as long as we start this walk promptly.

What should I wear / take?

Wear or take clothing that is fit for the weather. Waterproof, sturdy footwear is needed for these walks. Please ensure that you have enough drinking water, sun protection and refreshments to consume during the walk.  If icy underfoot, walking poles may be an advantage. High visibility tops welcome but not essential.

Do I need to book a place? 

No! Bookings are not necessary. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the stated start time at the meeting point.  If you want to check whether (because of weather conditions) the walk is going ahead on the day, please call Colin on 07939 076486.

Do I need to pay to attend the walk?

No. These walks are free to attend and are planned and organised by our dedicated team of volunteer walk leaders.  Please contact the Active Together Harborough team for details of free walk leader training courses on 01858 828282 or activetogether@harborough.gov.uk