Walk 1391 - printer friendly version
Kinoulton, Colston Bassett & Cropwell Bishop Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km
Ascent - 200 feet / 61 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SK678324
Lat 52.884795 + Long -0.99386405
Postcode NG12 3GB (approx. location only)
This circular walk explores the Nottinghamshire countryside visiting three villages en route. The walk also includes a section of the partly derelict Grantham Canal. The route includes some walking along roads but this does not detract from the walk's enjoyment.
The start is a small car park (grid ref SK678324) located on the east side of the minor road from Kinoulton to Cropwell Bishop. After parking walk south along this road over the Grantham Canal and descend the to towpath. Walk south west with the canal on your right. This section of the canal has water and is under restoration. The canal turns left at the Devil's Elbow towards Kinoulton. On your right is Vimy Ridge Farm with its avenue of Lombardy trees which were originally planted in commemoration of the death of the owner's son during World War One. The original planting was replaced as part of the Millennium celebrations.
Reaching the next bridge (grid ref. SK675306) leave the canal towpath and walk east through the village of Kinoulton. Reaching the road junction at the heart of the village continue straight ahead on the lane leading to Hall Farm (grid ref. SK684314) where a bridleway leads across fields in a north easterly direction to join an enclosed track that leads to the attractive village of Colston Bassett where refreshments are available.
Continue straight ahead passing the church on your right. At grid ref. SK700334 take the footpath on the left. This path leads past the remains of St Mary's Church to reach a lane. Go straight across the lane and continue on the bridleway past Home Farm on your right. This leads into Pasture Lane, a track that leads to a road on the east side of Cropwell Bishop (grid ref. SK687354). Turn right and walk through the village to a road junction (grid ref. SK679355).
Turn left here following a road heading south. After about 500 yards you are able to join the towpath alongside the Grantham Canal. This section of the canal was, at the time of writing, overgrown and dry. However there was evidence that work was in hand to restore the canal. Continue along the canal roughly south to return to the start point.