This is the latest guide in our series of walks by Jonathan Eldridge, one of a group of friends who have met on Monday evenings for 11 years to walk the local footpaths and bridleways, building up considerable knowledge of the best walking in the area.
This month we visit the highest village (215m) in Leicestershire and Rutland, Tilton-on-the-Hill, which lies eight miles south of Melton.
Please be aware that there is a climb into Tilton that some may find challenging.
The first half of this walk, from Tilton to Twyford, was recently planned by our good friend Andy Walker. Both parts of the walk are in open countryside with some excellent views to enjoy along the way.
Starting out at the Rose & Crown car park, cross to Marefield Lane and follow it north towards Marefield Spinney.
On reaching the edge of the spinney, join the footpath that runs alongside and to the left of it. Follow this for a mile, through John’s Wood and John O’Gaunt Covert and into Marefield.
Turn left and follow the lane through the village passing Manor House Farm.
Head under the railway bridge and bear left along the lane until you reach a T-junction with Twyford Road.
Turn left and, taking care to cross the road, pick up the footpath on your right that runs alongside a stream. Take this path north west, past Lowenva Lodge to your right, towards Twyford.
There are also views of the John O’Gaunt viaduct to the right. The viaduct spans almost 230m with 14 arches at a height of 60m. It was part of the Great Northern and London and North Western railways southern section of their joint line from Melton Mowbray to the junctions at Welham and Drayton that opened on December 15, 1879. The line was closed and the last goods train crossed the viaduct on June 1, 1964.
On reaching the Burrough Road at Twyford, turn left and then, after a short distance, left again into Lowesby Lane. Join the footpath at the bottom heading south west then south, through Highfield Farm.
Around a mile from Twyford, the path reaches the Melton Road. The walk continues on Park Road opposite. Take care crossing here as it is a busy road.
Head along Park Road. The site of the medieval village of Lowesby will be on your left. After almost half a mile, take the footpath on your left heading south west. The path goes through the grounds of Lowesby Hall and at the side of Lowesby Church. Turn left on reaching Lowesby Lane and rejoin the path on your right to Springfield Farm.
Cross the disused railway and continue south west as the path climbs steeply and back into Tilton. Follow the road back to the Rose & Crown for a hard earned tipple.