WALKS AROUND GLENFIELD
If you don't want a walk as such we do have many open spaces and parks in the village where you can just go and have a walk round but if you want something a little more ambitious, these are a selection of suggested walks in, around, from and back to Glenfield. They are of varying lengths and some are easier than others. We trust you will find them of surprising interest. Most of the routes are circulars as we wish to discourage the use of cars given air pollution in Glenfield is on the high side. Some good walks can be had though by using public transport to get outside Glenfield with a view to a walk back where a circular would be too much for some
They have been devised by members of the Parish Council and the maps give an indication as to where they go. Hopefully they will encourage people to discover the back ways around Glenfield and the surrounding countryside.
There is increasingly strong evidence of the health-benefits of walking. e.g. the fact that brisk walking improves circulation and the performance of the heart and lungs. Walking can lower blood-pressure; it can reduce risk of stroke and of heart disease. It can improve control of blood sugar in type-two diabetes and it has an important role in cardiac rehabilitation. Walking and riding also promote mental health and general well-being, and have the potential to be as effective as anti-depressants or psychotherapy in treating depression. Widespread take-up of walking generally could massively lighten the economic burden on the NHS caused by physical inactivity and provide a boost for rural economies.
Glenfield has been the site of a settlement since about 800 BC and was featured in the Doomsday Book. In more recent times it played a strong part in the early development of the railways and some former tracks provide easy walking routes. As is the case with many villages which have seen rapid expansion and urbanisation Glenfield is hardly a 'pretty' village and indeed is in reality a small town with a population of about 11,000.
Glenfield does however have many corners of historic interest and a number of wildlife havens, including the Rothley Brook corridor. The large scale recent developments have actually created a number of new open access areas giving more opportunities for circular walks.
A number of these walks are updated versions of walks published in 'FIVE CIRCULAR WALKS IN AND AROUND GLENFIELD' which is no longer in print although a few copies are still available. The walks are graded for you as either easy (*E), moderate (**M), longer (***L) or challenging ( ***C )
Every effort has been made to ensure that the details of the walks were correct when printed. If you do find any problems on the ground or find any element not perhaps as clear as it could be, please advise the Parish Council who will arrange for matters to be checked, resolved or updated. Also if you wish to suggest another walk we could include please feel free to do so.
You are responsible for your own safety at all times and we would recommend you carry a detailed map if you are going into the open countryside and woodlands around Glenfield. Please remember when walking in the countryside to follow the countryside code and to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and to carry protection against possible rain.
There are inevitable overlaps with some of the walks.
There are obviously many other walks slightly further afield which cannot be accessed from Glenfield on foot. The Charnwood Forest Regional Park is on our doorstep and we include a series of walks around there. Most of this regional park is within the boundary of the developing National Forest which itself stretches as far as Staffordshire offering many more opportunities. As of 2021 nine million new trees have been planted in the National Forest. We are not in either park but the roughly 5000 trees we have planted add to this transformation of this part of the Midlands.
The Ramblers Association Ramblers Routes is an online library of 3,000 inspiring routes for walkers to follow of all different lengths which might assist you. Each route features a choice of digital maps, including Ordnance Survey Landranger and Explorer maps, with the option to print the route and download GPX data.
Routes include detailed directions so you won't get lost, plus points of interest and advice on how to get to the starting point. The elevation profile on each route also tells you if there are any hills or steep inclines on your walk.
The Ramblers local groups also organise about 1000 walks each year which may interest you
and the Leicestershire Footpaths Association also organise many hundreds more.