The parish of Coleorton has an extensive network of public footpaths. Some say this is because workers at Coleorton Hall would walk the shortest distance across the fields from their outlying cottages. But looking at some of the footpaths on the map they seem much more random. We also have parts of The Ivanhoe Way which is a circular route around Leicestershire and the Mining Heritage Trail.
The weather was reasonable - no rain and a light wind. We started off from Coleorton Wood car park. Coleorton Wood is the site of Coleorton Colliery no 3 - or Bug & Wink as it was known later in its life. Terry Ward told us about mining in Coleorton and the dreadful conditions the miners - men and women and young children - had to endure to make a living. We heard about Terry's great uncle Jim Platts who had two pet foxes and the history of the previous Queens Head Inn on The Rowlands.
The Rowlands is actually in Swannington Parish and that was where the Baptist Chapel was built, because The Coleorton Beaumonts would not allow non-conformist churches within the Coleorton parish boundary. The chapel you can see now has been remodelled into a delightful family home. An earlier chapel stood in the field to the side, but is no longer visible.
Despite much new building there are still several cottages over 200 years old with interesting history. Some were used as "spar shops" for making baubles which tradesmen sold as ornaments and souvenirs at the increasingly popular seaside resorts like Weston-super-Mare.
We then walked along Prestons Lane, across The Moor to the Millennium Garden and along the old Ashby Road to Viscount Beaumont's School. From there across the fields back to The Moor to visit the Communal Bakehouse before returning to Coleorton Wood car park.
Walkers on the Spring Walk April 2019
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Walkers on the History Walk September 2018
In 2012 the Coleorton Heritage Group devised a Heritage Trail which takes in a number of historically interesting sites as well as providing an interesting and scenic route. More about the trail and a downloadable map >>.
There are plenty of footpaths to explore in Coleorton and several local groups arrange guided walks and group walks. Coleorton footpaths >>