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Anslow Village

This walk takes you into the centre of the small village of Anslow. It goes through very pleasant countryside and in places it has sweeping views. It is a little shorter than the walk to Anslow Church but not much, around 6.5 to 6.75 miles (10.5 km) long.

Begin your walk at the Lychgate at the entrance to Rolleston Church.

  1. Walk up the steps or use the slope towards the main door of the Church, here turn right and head through the graveyard towards the Old School rooms. On reaching this building turn left and walk alongside the building to exit the churchyard through a metal gate on your right.
  2. You are now on the Croft which is the Village Green. Walk diagonally right across the Croft. You cross a track which leads to nearby houses. Continue in a straight line towards a bridge which crosses the Alderbrook which flows through the village.
  3. Cross the bridge (you might be lucky and see a kingfisher here). Turn right onto the Burnside pavement. Walk along the pavement and cross the entrance to “The Lawns”. On your right is Brook Hollows, on the left across the road is Starbuck’s and the Co-op. Take the second entrance on your right, alongside a yellow grit container. Follow the path to the left, soon alongside a wooden fence.. At a T junction go left and then left again at a fork in the path. You soon exit alongside a broken style into a field (footpath 9).
  4. This is the first of four fields through which you will walk to reach Tutbury Road. The path is clear and goes through the centre of the first field. You reach a stile, go over it and cross slightly right towards the corner of the second field. Here the gate is missing and the stile is broken. Walk through the wide gap into the third field. Look slightly left and you can see the stile in the hedgerow. Follow the clear path to the stile. Go over it and enter the final field. Go straight across this field to reach the stile which leads onto Tutbury Road.
  5. Turn right on Tutbury road and follow the pavement for approximately 80 yards (70 metres). You will see a finger post pointing across the road. Cross the road carefully at this point and proceed down a drive. At the end of the drive there is a stile on the left. Go over the stile to enter the first of three fields divided by stiles. You are heading diagonally right towards a small wooded area. Reaching the wooded area you cross two stiles close together. Continue in the same direction towards a large tree in the far corner of the field. You dip down in the middle of the field and go up the other side.
  6. Go over a stile and turn left on a tarmac road. Follow this road until you reach a T junction. Turn right here into Longhedge Lane. Follow this lane to another T junction. Cross the road here and the footpath is almost directly in front of you marked “Public footpath, Field lane ½ a mile, Lower Outwoods 1 Mile”. Take this footpath which at first passes between two houses to exit over a stile into an open field. Continue through the field in the same direction with sweeping views of the countryside to your left. At the end of the field, go over a stile which is alongside a pair of metal gates. Continue in the same direction through the next field then leave it over another stile to enter a track. Walking in the same direction, follow this attractive track with a hedge on your left, until reaching a quiet country road.
  7. Turn left here and walk approximately 110 yards (100 m) to reach a kissing gate on the right hand side just past an isolated house. The path stretches in front of you to a gap between some woodland and a clump of bushes. On reaching this gap you find a cross road of footpaths with some markings. Turn sharp right here and cross the field towards a stile which can be clearly seen on the opposite side of the field. Go over this stile and continue in the same direction with a hedge on your right. Walk towards the end of this field. You will see a metal gate at the end of the field. About 22 yards (20 m) before this gate go right through a gap in the hedge clearly marked with a yellow way marker. Turn immediately left and make your way to the corner of the field where you will find a stile. Go over the stile onto a track.
  8. Turn right on the track and walk approximately 45 yards (40 m) turn left with a house on your left. After a further 22 yards (20 m)  the track swings to the left. You carry straight on along a narrow passage with farm barns on your left. This is marked with a yellow “footpath” sign. At the end of this passage, go over a stile into a field. Follow the path along the right hand side of this field to exit over a stile in the corner. You enter an area with a Notice Board telling you this is “Anslow Park Woodland”. This is National Forest planting. It can be tricky here.  There are four tracks in front of you. Take the second one on your left hand side. There is a disused stile on your left with a yellow waymarker pointing down the track that you require. If you look down the track you will see a pair of gates about 82 yards  (75 m) away. Walk towards them.
  9. You walk through woodland until you come to the two gates. Go through a kissing gate alongside the first one onto a grey gravel road. Cross this road and go through a second kissing gate and continue down the track.  At the end of the track you reach two stiles separated by a track. Go through both of them, over the track and into a field. Walk across the field towards a pointed spire above the far corner. Just before the corner you will see the stile on your left, go over the stile, turn right, into a narrow footpath. Follow this to the road.
  10. On reaching the road, cross over and turn left. Walk about 11 yards (10 m) and then turn right into Bushton Lane. There is a seat on the opposite side of the road here if you want a rest. Carry on down on the pavement on the right hand side of Bushton Lane. The pavement runs out, but continue, facing oncoming traffic. The road bends to the left and you take a stile immediately after the last house. You enter a field which often has horses in it. Go through the centre of this field heading towards the right hand side of the far hedge. When you reach the far side of the field you will see a stile, go over into a second field.  The field edge is now on your right. Follow this field edge path to the bottom of the field. Here you will see an open gate with a defunct stile alongside it on the left. Go through the gate and, now with the field hedge on your left, follow the path in the same direction to exit the field over a stile in the far hedge.
  11. You exit onto a track. Go straight across. You now follow a path at the rear of a poultry farm. There is a hedge on your left. You go through two mesh gates until you reach a wooden bridge. Go over it and continue in the same direction. The track swings to the right. The hedge is now on your left.  After about 350 yards (300 m) there is a stile in the hedge. Take this stile and follow a path across a cultivated field angling to the right. You reach a stile which drops steeply at the far side Go over and then through a fence. Enter a field and follow the path through the centre of the field, up a bank to the far corner where you can see a lone tree with farm houses to the right.
  12. Unhook the wire in the corner of the field and go through. Go round or over the stile, which, at the time of writing, is broken. The footpath stretches straight in front of you, however turn sharp right and walk with a hedge on your right until you meet a concrete drive. Turn right here, and cross a cattle grid. In front of the farm house on your right, turn left and go through the farm yard. Continue in the same  direction onto a concrete drive. Follow this through farmland until you reach Tutbury Road (A511).
  13. Cross over the Tutbury Road and turn left, you pass a smallholding with pig pens on your right before climbing slightly uphill passing a number of very nice properties well set back from the road. You reach Fiddlers Lane (footpath 8).  Turn right here. This is a bridleway. Proceed down the Lane first passing some properties and then fields with horses and donkeys in them. The Lane narrows but is easy to follow. Shortly before the end, the Lane widens and the entrance to Rolleston allotments (private allotment holders only) can be seen on the right. This is followed by the car park to the cemetery and a wooded area which back in the 1960s housed an outdoor swimming pool (now dilapidated). Exit Fiddlers Lane onto Church Road, Rolleston. Cross the road onto the pavement, turn right, and then follow this footpath, crossing Shotwood Close and Marston lane, to return to the Lychgate.