Lost Villages of Leicestershire

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Apr 17

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Difficulty is based on length: 20.4km (12.5 miles) - Decent pace required.

The show must go on, and once more it's time to #GetOutMore!

This 20km (12½ mile) walk from Tugby takes in the villages of Rolleston, Glooston, Cranoe and Hallaton, as well as the sites of the long-lost medieval villages of Noseley and Othorpe

These "lost" villages were abandoned in the 15th and 16th centuries as a consequence of Enclosure, the  process in England of consolidating small landholdings into larger farms, which effectively ended the traditional rights to farm common land in an open field system. The process of enclusure created a large landless working class and led to a period of abject poverty and later revolt.

We will pass close by the 17th century Noseley Hall and also visit the medieval earthworks of Hallaton Castle, a Norman motte and bailey castle dating from the late 11th or early 12th century

The plan is to stop for lunch around the village of Hallaton.

Hallaton is known for its Easter 'Bottle-Kicking' Festival (well, maybe just locally famous) and for the Hallaton Treasure, the largest ever hoard of British Iron Age coins. Across the road from the pub is a conical stone buttercross, where villagers in medieval times would meet to sell fresh produce. It is also where the winner of the bottle-kicking festival sits aloft, victorious.

After lunch, we'll make our way across Moor Hill Spinney and Hallaton Spinney back to Tugby.

Note: although a relatively easy walk, the length of the walk means we will need to maintain a decent pace!

Can I bring my dog?  Four-legged friends are welcome, but please abide by the Countryside Code / Dog Walking Code and remember that not everyone loves dogs as much as you do, so please be mindful of other members and keep dogs on-lead when appropriate.

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Image credits: All images except Image 4 provided by event leader and permission is granted to ODL for their use/reuse.  Image 4: Motte and Bailey West of Hallaton © Chris and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Hallaton Buttercross
Noseley House
ODL Group Walking Leics
Hallaton Castle
ODL Member Walking
Hallaton Buttercross
Noseley House
ODL Group Walking Leics
Hallaton Castle
ODL Member Walking


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