The Villages of High Leicestershire Day Walk
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A relatively easy walk through the countryside and villages of “High Leicestershire”, along sections of the Leicestershire Round, taking in the remains of an iron-age hill fort on Burrough Hill, with a pub lunch.
Starting off from the village of Twyford, the walk takes us first under the John O’Gaunt Viaduct, on the old Great Northern and London & North Western Joint Railway, with its impressive arches rising to a height of 18m (60ft). After a nosy around the viaduct, we head onto Owston and then Somerby, where we’ll stop for a pub lunch at the Stilton Cheese Inn.
After lunch, we climb 210m (690ft) to the well-preserved early iron age hill fort on Burrough Hill, from where we’ll be able to enjoy spectacular views of the Leicestershire countryside.
Leaving the hill fort, we head back to Twyford through the quaint village of Burrough-on-the-Hill, where we may stop for a cheeky local ale at Grant's Free House, time permitting.
What to bring
It's late winter, and as ever, the weather will be unpredictable. Please ensure you have adequate layers to keep warm and waterproofs to keep you dry. Some of the paths are across open fields, which can be quite wet and muddy underfoot, so you'll need decent boots and preferably gaiters too.
Please review the ODL kit list: http://www.outdoorlads.com/kit-list/sample-kit-list. Note that this is only a guide and you will need to consider the weather forecast. If you're unsure about any of the items in the kit list, please contact the event leader.
Food & drink
We will be stopping half way along in the village of Somerby at The Stilton Cheese Inn to warm up and have some pub grub. For more information on the pub and its food go to www.stiltoncheeseinn.co.uk.
We will need to confirm lunch numbers the week before the walk. I will assume everyone will be eating at the pub unless you let me know separately by message or in the comments below. I'll contact everyone the week beforehand to confirm numbers.