An easy, level walk across the Trent Valley to the pretty village of Newton Solney, returning through fields and along a quiet lane to the historic village of Repton.
After passing Repton School Playing Fields, the walk continues along a slightly elevated path above the River Trent where there are good views across the river valley. As Newton Solney is approached, the path leaves the river and heads directly to the village.
The main street through Newton Solney is particularly attractive in the summer, with its pretty cottages, hanging baskets and tubs of flowers making it one of the most attractive villages in South Derbyshire.
On the southwestern edge of the village, the mansion of Newton Park has been taken over by an hotel chain. It was the first Italianate house to be built in Derbyshire, at the end of the 1790s.
Follow the Bretby Road for a short distance before taking to the fields again and heading towards Repton, eventually joining a rough track that leads you back to the village.
Length: 4 miles.
Start/finish: Car Park on left of B5008 road to Burton, about 80 yards from the village cross.
Location: On B5008 Willington to Burton road.
Terrain: Level walking. Can be very muddy in wet weather.
1. Walk to the right from the car park and follow the road round to the left towards Willington, turning left, just past Repton School Chapel, to walk along a path towards the school playing fields.
2. Cross a tarmac drive to a clearly marked stile on the left and walk to the right across the field, with the school playing fields on the left.
3. Keep to the left of the hedge you encounter part way across the field and go over a stile in the corner of the field.
4. Continue with the hedge on the left, along an elevated path, with the River Trent not far away.
5. On reaching a stile on the left go through it and follow the edge of the field passed an area of woodland. After crossing a stile in the corner of the field, the walk continues on the other side of the hedge.
6. Eventually a metal gate is reached on the right, go through it and then over a stile into the next field.
7. Follow the field boundary ahead until it bends to the left, where you cross a bridge over a stream into a field.
8. Aim for the stile in the fence opposite and then maintain the same direction across the next field to go over another stile.
9. Turn right across the field aiming about 25 yards in from the corner. Cross the next field heading to the left of some farm buildings to encounter two stiles in quick succession before reaching the road.
10. Turn right towards the centre of Newton Solney and then left up Bretby Lane for just under half a mile before turning left into a field at a fingerpost sign.
11. Keeping the field boundary close on the left, you eventually reach a farm track. Here you turn right and, in about 20 yards, left to cross an open field aiming towards a stile in the left hand corner of the hedge opposite.
12. Continue across another field with the hedge on your left, shortly to join a fenced farm track.
13. At a ‘T’ junction of tracks, carry straight on over three short fields keeping close to the hedge on your left.
14. Go straight across the next field and down a path between some houses to an estate road.
15. Cross the road and follow the path between ‘No 17’ and ‘No19’ that bends to the right behind the houses round a children’s play area and then to the left to reach a service road.
16. Turn left down the road and then right at the bottom onto the B5008 and back to the start of the walk.
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PLACES OF SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE AREA
Foremark Reservoir, a 230 acre reservoir, provides footpaths, picnic facilities, sailing and good trout fishing. A recent addition is an area of woodland planted with 10,000 trees. Visitor Centre and children’s play area. Good parking.
Calke Abbey and grounds (Tel 01332 863822) ‘The place where time stood still’ was the phrase used to describe this property when the National Trust opened it to the public in 1989. One of the most unusual of English country houses with large collections of birds, ornaments, paintings and photographs. For further information website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Swadlincote Ski Centre (Tel. 01283 217200) facilities include a nursery slope for those who have not skied before and a Toboggan run, which winds its way, round the ski slope. Alpine Restaurant and fully stocked ski shop. Open daily.
The Bull’s Head (Tel 01283 703297) is a large distinguished looking pub, that was once a posting Inn with stables. The restaurant area was once the stables, the flagstones date back to the 16th century and the displays of memorabilia round the walls help to set the atmosphere. Please telephone for details or visit website. Accommodation.
Brook Farm Tea Rooms (Tel 01283 704438) housed in an attractive old barn next to Brook Farm. There is seating both inside and out with a brook side location. A wide range of hot and cold food is available all year apart from two weeks over Christmas. Farm House accommodation.
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It is difficult to realise when visiting Repton that in the 7th century it was the capital of the Kingdom of Mercia. In 653, King Penda’s son returning to Repton from Northumbria, with a Christian bride and four priests, set about establishing a monastery as a base to spread Christianity across the Midlands.
The parish church of St Wystan has existed, in some form or other, since the 8th century. Underneath the chancel is the Saxon mausoleum and crypt that was the burial place of Mercian kings.
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