This is the longest walk of the series. It is approximately 7.5 miles (12 km). It is really a figure of eight with a little bit in the middle that you walk in both directions. It is a lovely walk and Anslow Church and churchyard is very restful and well worth a visit.
Begin your walk at the Lychgate at the entrance to Rolleston Church.
- 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.
- 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. Cross the bridge (you might be lucky and see a kingfisher here). Turn right onto the Burnside pavement. 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).
- 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.
- Turn right on Tutbury road and follow the pavement for approximately 80 yards (75 m). 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.
- Go over a stile and turn left on a tarmac road. After about 40 yards (36 m) turn right down a green lane. The lane bends right, then left towards a clump of trees; you can see the houses on the edge of Anslow Village on your left. You reach a crossroads with a stile on the right, continue straight on here down a shaded lane which can be very muddy in wet weather. At the end of the shaded lane you reach another crossroad of tracks and again continue straight on. This is a very attractive track with many wild flowers along its sides. You continue down this track ignoring right and left turns until you reach a gate which leads onto a road.
- Go through the gate onto a tarmac road and turn right. After around 100 yards (90 m), just before a bridge, there is a finger post on the left. Follow this through a gate onto a track. The track bends right and soon reaches another gate. Go straight on here. Follow the field path alongside a hedge on the right. At the end of the field there is an arrow on a post indicating “left”. Do not follow this, you go straight on, through a gate into the next field. In this field follow the clear track which soon curves slightly to the left. As you approach a line of large trees you see a gate in front of you. Do not take this gate but continue along the edge of the field. A marker at the side of the gate indicates the footpath. You soon reach a stile. Go over the stile and continue in the same direction along the edge of the field as indicated by a yellow marker. The path bends to the right and then to the left passing some horse jumps on your right. You soon reach a stile.
- Going over the stile, there is a brook on your right. To cross this look for three blue plastic tubes which protect the wire fence. Go over the fence here and cross the brook on two wooded planks. Immediately after, cross a stile. You enter a large field. Bear slightly left but do not follow the field edge. You are climbing up the field, aiming for the far left hand corner. There is a stile here. Go over it onto a grassy track, and follow the field edge with the hedge on your left. On reaching a double stile, side by side, take the left hand stile and cross a bridge over a brook. Beware of the Troll on the far side of the bridge. You are now in Swain’s wood, a National Forest planting. Stop and enjoy the two other interesting carvings that have been made and displayed in this area. Bear right on the path and continue, your next stile is straight in front of you.
- Go over the stile and a bridge and enter a rather lumpy field. You cross this in the direction of the church. You can see a gate and the stile that you want just to the left of the Church building. Go over the stile onto the road. Turn right and in a few yards you can enter the churchyard on the left. This is a peaceful spot with a nice seat to rest your legs. You have covered a distance of 3.5 miles (5.6 km).
- After your rest retrace your steps through the Churchyard gate onto the road and turn right. Make your way to the stile on the left and cross the lumpy field to the stile and wooden bridge on the other side. Cross the bridge and stiles and walk straight down a grassy path with Swain’s Wood on your left. You reach a gate. Pass through it and continue along the right hand side of the field. You now continue in this direction through four fields linked by stiles and gates. At the end of the last field look out for a pond on the right hand side. Go through a gate. There are two footpath markers here. Follow the one pointing towards the left to a large tree on the opposite side of the field, you can see the stile below the tree. Cross two stiles and a plank bridge.
- You enter a field. Follow the left hand edge of the field. Continue in this direction, always with the hedge on your left for four fields. In the third field there is a crossroad of paths, continue straight on. At the end of the fourth field the path goes left and immediately right. This is clearly marked. Continue in the same direction, this time with the hedge on the right. Half way down this field there is a horse jump which can double as a seat if you feel like a rest. At the bottom of the field you meet your outgoing track. Turn right through the gate onto a track. Follow the track back to the road.
- Go through the gate to reach the tarmac road. Turn right and walk approximately 100 yards (92 m) to a gate on the left hand side. Be aware that it is the second gate that you require, signposted, just after the “slow” sign on the road. Go through the gate and follow the track for around 200 yards (185 m). Where it bends to the left and becomes hedged on both sides take the second gate on the left, opposite a stile. You 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 (320 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.
- 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 track. Turn right here, and cross a cattle grid. In front of the farm house on your right, you turn left. Go through the farmyard, continuing in the same direction onto a concrete track. Follow this through farmland until you reach Tutbury Road (A511).
- 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. Turn right here. This is a bridleway (footpath 8). 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. Nearing 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 and turn right, onto the pavement then follow this crossing Shotwood Close and Marston Lane, to return to the Lychgate.