Walk 4 – Whitwick
Down in the Dumps? Try a walk between three cities.
This walk is quite urban and is mostly road walking so good in poor underfoot conditions but it passes some places of interest and affords some long views.
Start or park at the car park by the mine winding wheel in the centre of Whitwick. If you look at the street sign across the road by the wheel it says City of Dan. Facing away from the main road walk up Cademan Street with the motte and bailey on your left. As you come to a road on the right turn left up a path which takes you round the feature. This area where you are turning is known as the City of Hockley (The Hockley).
Follow this path round this feature and over Grace Dieu Brook and steeply up the hill past the church onto the main road (North Street). Turn right and follow this through the village turning right into Dumps Road. Follow this steeply down hill to the bottom where you are down in the Dumps otherwise called the City of Three Waters.
Who would not be down in the dumps after walking between three cities. The medieval motte and bailey is Whitwick
Castle surviving as an earthwork. The castle is
situated on an oval natural hill with the bailey formed by the natural rise of the hill. The castle was held by the Earl of Leicester in the mid-12th century but had fallen into disrepair by 1427. The foundations and a wall on the north side were said to have been still visible in 1893.
To make your way back to your starting point keep right at the Dumps along Loughborough Road and as you approach the school turn right into the entirely appropriately named Parsonwood Hill and climb up. As you pause for breath look back at the views out over Cademan Woods.
This eventually brings you out onto Cademan Street where turning right again retraces your steps to the car park.
Not a long walk but certainly a good work out!
In normal times, if in need of a break or facilities, the Hare & Hounds Country Pub and beer garden down in the Dumps is a welcome oasis.