Ropsley Walk One
A lovely short walk from the pretty village of Ropsley and through the surrounding undulating countryside.
Ropsley Village Hall
Grid reference SK 993 346
The parish of Ropsley includes areas of limestone heathland and boulder clays. The name Ropsley could be based on a personal name with the second part ‘leah’ meaning open place in woodland.
The limestone heathland in the north-east part of the parish is good arable land while the boulder clays in the south-west has more woodland and pasture.
As you walk through the undulating landscape you will come across evidence of past human settlement and activity. Activity in the area dates back to prehistoric times.
Pond Row, next to the War Memorials, was once the site of the village pond, known locally as the Mop Hole. The memorial was erected in 1920 by public subscription. In 1940 the railings surrounding the memorial were removed to support the war effort.
- 1From the Village Hall turn left and then right along a public footpath after the last bungalow. Follow the track straight ahead to the fence. Turn left uphill for approximately 50m before turning right to a road.
- 2Turn left and at the top of the road take the public footpath in the right-hand corner. At the field turn right and walk along the field edge to a junction with another footpath.
- 3Turn left and after approximately 300m, at a junction of paths, turn right and follow the track alongside the hedge. Continue along the track as it bends left. Follow the track as it turns right and then left to an area of trees and farm buildings.
- 4Turn left and follow the track beside the hedge. At the end of the first field and junction of paths, turn left and follow the field edge keeping the hedge on your left. At the field corner continue ahead, over a bridge and straight on beside the hedge towards a group of trees.
- 6Cross the ditch by the trees and turn left.
- 7At a junction of paths, bear right and follow the path beside the hedge. At the field corner and path junction continue straight on, downhill, between the houses to a road.
- 8Turn right and at the end of the village turn right onto Braceby Road to return to the Village Hall.
The walk uses roadside paths, tracks and field paths. You may encounter stiles and livestock.