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Walking Route


National Forest

01283 551211


LE67 1AR


Walk down Main Street to the school and turn left to follow the Leicestershire Round footpath to Thornton Reservoir. Severn Trent Water opened this quiet and attractive water to visitors in 1997. The reservoir offers birdwatching, picnicking and walks connecting to the wider public footpaths network. A sculpture trail developed in partnership with East Midlands Shape is an attractive feature in the mature wood.

Take the path to the right of the primary school. Pass through the kissing gate and follow the footpath to Thornton Reservoir. Turn left and follow the surfaced path along the side of the reservoir until you get to Reservoir Road.

Turn left on to the road. After about 50m turn left over the stile and proceed straight up the grassy hill. Head for the right hand corner of the field and cross the stile. Cross the next field to a stile, which takes you onto Thornton Lane. Turn left and, after about 150m, take the public footpath to the right. Follow the path for ¾ of a mile to a waymarker at a T-junction of paths.

Take the path to the right and follow it for 500m to another T-junction close to Old Hays Farm. Turn left towards Ratby Burroughs Wood, cross the next stile into the wood, turn right and go through the metal gate which is on your left. Follow the grassy path straight on and take the desire line to the memorial stone for the Bali Bombings. Turn right into the woods, follow the path uphill and continue out the other side of the woods and then cross the grassy open space to the stile.

Turn right along the track for approximately 100m, then turn left through the metal gate and follow the grassy path, (keeping to the left hand side) through the woods until you reach the small bridge with metal tubular sides. Turn right and follow the bridleway, passing through Crow Wood and Polebrook Wood. Eventually you will reach a fingerpost marking National Cycle Network route 63. Turn left here and continue on to Thornton Lane. Cross over the road and head for the gap in the hedge opposite. Cross the stile and turn right (keeping the hedge to your right). Follow the footpath until you reach Merrylees Road. Turn right and follow the road back into Thornton and on to the primary school where you began this loop.

Walk to the last house on the right and turn right on to the footpath. Follow this past the houses and downhill to the railway line. Carefully cross the railway, follow the path past the pond and turn right on to the path leading into Bagworth Heath Woods. Follow the path through the Country Park to the car park.

Walk Route: Thornton Reservoir + Ratby

Access: Stiles

Duration: 2 hours

Miles: 4

Time/Effort 1 out of 5
Navigation 1 out of 5
Technicality 1 out of 5
Refreshments Pubs and shop in Thornton village



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Map reference: SK 471074  Lat: 52.66254 Long: -1.30504

Thornton is a village set between Markfield, Bagworth and Barlestone.