Walk of the month: Great Dalby (circular) via Thorpe Satchville

This circular walk to the south of Great Dalby heads south west, via Woodgate Hill, to Moscow Farm. Good views of Burrough Hill are afforded before the path follows the Leicestershire Round west to Thorpe Satchville. The walk then heads north, past Hall Farm, and back to Great Dalby. EMN-150514-151513001
This circular walk to the south of Great Dalby heads south west, via Woodgate Hill, to Moscow Farm. Good views of Burrough Hill are afforded before the path follows the Leicestershire Round west to Thorpe Satchville. The walk then heads north, past Hall Farm, and back to Great Dalby. EMN-150514-151513001
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This month we’re in the large village of Great Dalby which lies three miles south of Melton.

Starting at the Royal Oak turn left and follow Main Street, heading north.

After the bend in the road, turn right up Burdett’s Close, now heading south.

The footpath is indicated at the top of the road. Follow the path for a short distance and turn left onto the footpath that winds southeast towards Woodgate Hill.

Upon reaching the road, take care to cross and then re-join the path past Woodgate Hill.

Follow the path for a mile until it twists to the south and joins a track leading to Moscow Farm.

At the farm, continue to head south joining Melton Lane and passing Moscow Lodge on your right.

Fine views of Burrough Hill then open up to the left.

Join the Leicestershire Round by taking the first path on your right, just after a turn in the road.

Now follow the well marked path heading west.

The Leicestershire Round joins Baker’s Lane which leads into the village of Thorpe Satchville.

On reaching the village, turn right and again take care to cross over the road.

Take the first footpath on your left. The path heads northwest, then north past Hall Farm.

After crossing the road, the path heads northeast eventually reaching the Thorpe Satchville Road.

At this point, turn left then take the first footpath on your right.

Continue to head northeast and then back into Great Dalby.

Here, cross to Main Street. It is well worth taking a moment to admire the parish church.

The church of St Swithun was originally built during the 13th century and is a Grade II listed building.

In 1658 lightning struck the spire and it collapsed into the nave of the church.

It was several years before sufficient funds were collected for repairs.

Unfortunately the unscrupulous collectors ran off with the funds.

As a result, the tower was capped to form the unusual structure seen today.

Shortly after the church you will arrive back at the The Royal Oak pub.

The pub has been tastefully refurbished and serves fresh, locally sourced food and good quality cask ales.

We particularly enjoy a pint of the Sharps ‘Doom Bar’.