Ropsley Walk Two Long
A lovely walk taking in the pretty villages of Ropsley and Humby and the attractive undulating wooded landscape between. The walk uses part of a Roman road and cuts through a mature woodland.
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.
Little Humby has its origins in the medieval period and possibly earlier. The small village has a large village green and a ford. The Old Manor House overlooks the green and dates back to 1631.
- 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.
- 1Turn 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 right and at the next field corner turn left to continue to follow the track.
- 5At the junction with a restricted byway turn right and follow the track to a road. Follow the road straight ahead and at the junction bear left, signed Hanby.
- 6After approximately 400m turn right onto a public footpath. Cross the bridge over the East Glen River and continue straight on along the field edge. At the end of the second field bear left and walk between hedges to a road.
- 7Continue straight ahead along the road into Little Humby village.
- 8At The Green continue straight ahead along the road, cross the ford to join New England Road. Follow the road for approximately 900m to where it bends sharp right.
- 12Turn left onto the track and then almost immediately right onto a footpath and follow the field edge towards the woodland, Kirton Wood.
- 13Follow the path into the woodland and then almost immediately turn right over a bridge. Turn right and follow the field edge, with the drain and hedge on your right.
- 14At a junction with another path continue ahead and over a bridge and turn right to continue along the field edge.
- 15At the field corner turn right, walk around the pond and trees, and over a bridge. Continue ahead along field edge to a road.
- 16Turn right, walk past two public footpaths on your left before turning left onto a public footpath approximately 60m before a T-junction. Follow the path towards the church to a road.
- 17At the road turn right and at the T-junction turn left and at the end of the village turn right onto Braceby Road and the Village Hall.
The walk uses roadside paths, quiet roads, tracks and field paths. You may encounter stiles and livestock.