Walking The Leicestershire Round
Are you brave enough to walk The Leicestershire Round? It's a 100 mile route around the county. BBC Leicester's Chris Baxter has talked the talk, but can he walk the walk? Listen to find out... Plus take a look at his pictures!
Did you know that Leicestershire has it's very own long-distance footpath?
It's one hundred miles long and it's a circular walk called The Leicestershire Round. It starts, and finishes at Newtown Linford, the gateway to Bradgate Park.
BBC Leicester presenter, Chris Baxter, proves he can talk the talk on-air every weekday afternoon, but can he prove that he can also walk the walk, by hot-footing it around The Leicestershire Round.
Chris has been walking 'The Round,' on and off, since May 2009 in 10 stages. Take a look at his pictures of his journey and listen to his documentary...
Plus listen to all the stages!
Listen: The Final Stage - Ten
Market Bosworth to Newtown Linford: Sixteen miles.
The final approach!
A preserved railway line, and thunder and lightening provide the drum-roll to Chris' arrival back at Bradgate Park!
Listen to the final stage - Chris finishes the Leicestershire Round...
Listen: Stage Nine
Barwell to Market Bosworth: Seven and a half miles.
During stage nine the battle lines were drawn.
Chris followed in the footsteps of Richard III when he visited the village of Sutton Cheney.
Listen to stage nine of Chris' long-distance walk...
Listen: Stage Eight
Frolesworth to Barwell: Fifteen miles.
Chris walked through history!
He stood at the point where two famous roman roads intersect. The Fosse Way and Watling Street.
Listen to stage eight of Chris' adventure...
Listen: Stage Seven
Bruntingthorpe to Frolesworth: Nine and a half miles.
This could be a short episode!
Chris runs low on battery power for his microphone. But will he run out?
Listen to stage seven to find out...
Listen: Stage Six
Foxton to Bruntingthorpe: Nine miles.
On this stage there were beautiful rolling countryside and picturesque villages.
This time Chris had company too. His son William joined him in a baby rucksack and provided a little bit of commentary too!
Listen to stage six of Chris' journey with his son...
Listen: Stage Five
Hallaton to Foxton: Ten and a half miles.
Chris climbed the Caudle near the Langton villages, then followed the Grand Union canal to Foxton, home of the famous ladder of locks and the "inclined plane."
Listen to stage five of Chris' trek...
Listen: Stage Four
Somerby to Hallaton: Thirteen and a half miles.
Chris crossed the border into Rutland and passed Launde Abbey.
However, Chris took a wrong turn before getting back on course for the village recently named as one of the top must see village's in Britain; Hallaton.
Listen to stage four of Chris' walking adventure...
Listen: Stage Three
Frisby to Somerby: Twelve and a half miles.
Leicestershire doesn't have mountains, but on this stage it was the nearest Chris got!
He met model plane pilots on a windy Burrough Hill near Melton and arrived in beautiful Somerby for a pint of real ale!
Listen to stage three of Chris' attempt of The Leicestershire Round...
Listen: Stage Two
Mountsorrel to Frisby on the Wreake: Ten and a half miles.
Chris walked through the Soar and Wreake Valleys, crossed the busy A46 near Ratcliffe College, then on through peaceful villages like Rearsby and Hoby, where Chris brought a well-earned pint!
Listen to stage two of Chris' journey...
Listen: Stage One
Newtown Linford to Mountsorrel: Eight and a half miles.
Chris started his route in Bradgate Park.
He travelled through villages like Woodhouse Eaves, past Swithland Reservoir and finished on the hill above Mountsorrel, the site of an old castle.
Chris met fellow walkers and grabbed a sausage roll en route!
Listen to stage one of Chris' adventure...
Walk The Walk?
Chris wants to encourage people to get out and about on-foot and enjoy a beautiful part of the country that is often forgotten in regular walking guide-books.
"I'm a keen hiker, having completed many of England's long-distance paths like; the Pennine Way, Dales Way, Cornish Coastal Path, Cumbria Way and Cotswold Way and many more.
"Having recently become a Dad, I decided this year I should try a long-distance path on my own doorstep! It's been a real eye-opener."
The Leicestershire Round passes through the Soar and Wreake Valleys, before climbing to high ground at Burrough Hill near Melton Mowbray.
The footpath then passes through beautiful villages like Somerby, Hallaton, The Langtons and Foxton. It also crosses major motorways, tours, canal towpaths and ancient battle sites.
Take a look at his pictures of his journey...
Stay tuned! Stages four-10 still to come...
last updated: 02/09/2009 at 09:33