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Springtime

At last Spring is showing its face. A lovely walk at this time of year is Walk 4 which goes through the Rolleston Railway Station. The snowdrops are now going over but the daffodils are in full bloom and a delight to see. In addition the walk isn’t too muddy so it can be enjoyed by all. Photographs of the daffodils have been added to the “pictures” page.

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MUD Mud Glorious Mud

Well!!!! Will it ever stop raining? The footpaths are difficult and in places impassible. The River Dove was so high that the walks down Marston Lane and the River Dove were impossible due to flooding. Many of the areas around the stiles are difficult despite Rolleston Parish Council’s efforts and lots of hardcore. Anyway for the time being we are keeping to the pavements. These are not as good but there are many interesting gardens which have flowers just coming out. Snowdrops, crocus, cyclamen, and down Anslow Lane the first daffodils. As the song goes….”things can only get better”

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SNOW

A short spell of snow and frost has made the footpaths difficult to navigate. If the cold weather continues then the paths will become frozen and walking becomes very enjoyable as the countryside is different and beautiful with snow and frost on the trees and fields. However if it thaws it will become very muddy again and some of the tracks and fields will be impassible, so get out if you can and be positive, Spring is around the corner and the snowdrops in Brook Hollows in Rolleston are a delight to see.

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MUD AND LARGE PUDDLES

With Winter wet now truly upon us some of the footpaths are getting difficult. Despite all the work carried out by the Parish Council and the landowner footpaths 3,4 and 5 are difficult in places and walking boots or wellingtons are a must. On footpath 14 the landowner has restricted walkers to the edge of the field. this has caused the path to become very muddy indeed, so be aware if walking to Craythorne wood and the Recreation Ground. The Parish Council is soon to start tree work in Craythorne wood and intend to improve the footpaths by using the wood chippings from the trees on the paths within the wood. Enjoy being out and about but take care.

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POPULAR WALKS

Looking back over the last few months it seems that Walk One (Footpaths and Bridleways) and Walk Seven (The River Dove and the Salt Brook Trail) are the most popular. Walk one can be muddy going over the field from Brook Hollows, so boots or wellies are needed. The good thing is that the landowner has kindly allowed the Parish Council to lower two of the stiles to make them easier to navigate. An alternative is to walk carefully down Anslow Lane.. On your return the Bridleway has now been cut back on both sides making for an easier walk. Walk Seven can flood so just check out the height of the River before walking. Enjoy being in the great outdoors.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Great to see so many of you logging on to our site. We have now over 3000 hits since going live. Week commencing December 26 2020 was very busy with people walking off the Christmas pudding. Now the village is in lockdown 3 for the Covid regulations please try different walks to help both physical and mental well being. A happy new year to all walkers

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New Walk

Today we walked a new route around Anslow. Instead of starting at the Church we took the car and parked on Beam Hill Road outside the nursery (quiet on a Sunday). We then enjoyed a circular walk which included passing by the hospital in Burton and then up Lower Outwoods passed  some new houses eventually to enter the new National Forest plantings and taking a different route past a smashing pond to return to the car. Over the next few weeks we will write this route up and add it to the site. Good walking despite the mud!!1

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OS Maps are Live

All the walks now have Ordnance Survey maps alongside them. The walks are marked in purple. We hope that this is helpful but still recommend that you purchase the ordnance Survey Map of the National Forest as this has all our walks plus many other lovely walks in both Staffordshire and Leicestershire.

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ALL New Stiles – 27/09/2020

ALL New Stiles – 27/09/2020

All the stiles on footpaths 2,3,4,and 5 have been either repaired or replaced recently. This was a Parish council initiative supported by the local landowners. The paths can be muddy in places and whilst we are sure that in a wet winter there will still be some problems, the Parish council and the landowners have made extensive efforts to improve the paths and reduce the worst of the mud. Other local improvements include lower stiles on footpath 9, thanks to the local landowner, and a kissing gate replacing a stile on footpath18

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ADDING ORDNANCE SURVEY MAPPING – 09/11/20

ADDING ORDNANCE SURVEY MAPPING – 09/11/20

We are in the process of adding Ordnance Survey Maps to all our walks. Over the next few weeks we hope to have them all done. We are much encouraged by the number of visitors to the site and hope that you are enjoying the walks. As we move into winter some of the footpaths are getting muddy but the improvements made by the Parish Council in Rolleston have reduced the muddy areas, especially around the stiles. We are still very much learning how to operate a web site and hope that you will bear with us as we try to improve. Enjoy your walks and stay safe.