Walk 2 – Ratby
I've spent a lot of my leisure time round Ratby and can offer suggestions to those looking to walk for exercise during these difficult times.
A very nice walk of about an hour goes up from the Bull's Head and Plough pubs, up Burroughs Road. There are kissing gates so difficult for a large pram or buggy and there is a steady uphill section. The surface is good throughout.
About half a mile up the road you will eventually come to a small car park on your right. This serves Burroughs Wood, owned by the Woodland Trust a part of the National Forest. You end up walking through two other blocks of Woodland Trust woods.
Follow the track just before the car park heading back on yourself.
You eventually break out onto Markfield Road having walked through Peartree Wood. Cross this carefully and enter Martinshaw Woods following the main track as it swings slowly to your right. It eventually comes out at a small car park back on Markfield Road from where there is a pavement along the road.
Cross over into the parallel quieter service road till you come to a road on your right called Charnwood. Follow this round to turn right again into Wolsey Drive and then left down Stamford Street.
Part way down on your right there is a footpath through the car park of the Plough bringing you back to your starting point.