Ashby de la Zouch Circular to Tour of local reservoirs

Ashby- De-La- Zouch Circular Tour of the local Reservoirs.

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This 13 mile cycle ride takes you from the market town of

Ashby-de-la-Zouch(sometimes called Ashby) out pats the historic Calke Abbey, now run by The National Trust and past two of the local reservoirs, Staunton Harold Reservoir and the Foremark Reservoir before returning to the start of your ride via some lovely countryside roads and lanes.

Starting from by The Somerfield Supermarket on Derby Road in the centre of Ashby-De-La-Zouch cycle north along Derby Road and after a short distance Derby Road runs into The Calls. Continue to cycle along The Calls and as you cycle round the bend the road changes its name again to Smisby Road.

Continue to cycle along Smisby Road and after 700 yards you come to a roundabout.

AT THE ROUNDABOUT GO STRAIGHT ACROSS along Derby Road B5006. After about two thirds of a mile TURN RIGHT along a country lane which takes you in the direction of the village Calke which is about one and a quarter miles along this lane. Calke is the home of Calke Abbey which is run by The National Trust. Calke Abbey is a country house in Calke but the usual entrance is near Ticknall, The site was an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII. The present building called Calke Abbey was never actually an abbey, but is rather a Baroque mansion, built between 1701 and 1704. The name “Calke Abbey” was given to the house in 1808.

When you come to the village of Calke TURN RIGHT along a country lane which takes you
along the bottom end of the Staunton Harold Reservoir and after cycling along the lane for about half a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction with the B587. TURN LEFT along the B587 which takes you along the side of the reservoir towards the village of Melbourne.

At the end of the reservoir TURN LEFT along Calke Road and cycle along the road by the waters edge of Staunton Harold Reservoir. AS Calke Road sweeps round to the right TURN RIGHT along Broadstone Lane and follow it for 400 yards where you come to a ‘T’ junction with Melbourne Lane. TURN LFT along Melbourne Lane and then LEFT AGAIN along Main St towards the village of Ticknall. As you cycle towards Ticknall through a small wooded area you come to lane on your left which takes you to Calke Abbey, should you wish to visit the property.

Continue along Maine Street into Ticknall, which was named in The Domesday Book. Cycle through the village of Ticknall and as you start to leave the village keep to Main Street and follow it round to the right as it does so TURN RIGHT along Repton Road. This road takes you out into the countryside and you will cycle past the top end of Foremark Reservoir and the road changes its name to Ticknall Road. Foremark Reservoir is a nature reserve open to the public for walking, fishing, bird watching and horse riding and it was constructed in the 1970s.

Continue to cycle along Ticknall Road past the reservoir and as it bends away from the reservoir you cycle about 500 yards and then TURN LEFT along Robin’s Cross Lane. Follow this lane to the end, about 500 yards and then TURN LEFT at the ‘T’ junction along Hartshorne Road. Cycle along Hartshorne Road for about a mile and then TURN RIGHT along Repton Road and follow this road for about a mile through the village of Hartshorne. Continue along Repton Road out of the village and after a short distance Repton Road meets with the A514. TURN RIGHT along Main Street A514 and after 200 yards the A514 bends sharply to the right. AT THIS POINT YOU GO STRAIGHT AHEAD along Manchester Lane.

Cycle to the end of Manchester Lane, about three quarters of a mile and then TURN RIGHT at the ‘T’ junction along Heath Lane.

Then after 200 yards TURN LEFT at the junction with Ashby Road THEN IMMEDIATE RIGHT at the roundabout along Ingles Hill. Cycle along Ingles hill which runs onto Ashby Road, and Burton Road.

Cycle to the end of the road and you arrive back at Derby Road in the centre of Ashby-de-la-Zouch the start/finish of your cycle ride. On return from your cycle ride you may like to visit the ruins of Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle in the historic market town.

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