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Belton Temple Bellwood walking route

Belton Temple Bellwood walking route

Distance

2.9 miles

Start

Belton. From the High Street (A161) turn into Jeffrey Lane. A sign indicating Playing Field and bowling green leads along a disused railway line. When a gate blocks onwards progress turn right through a gateway into the playing field car park.

Route

1. Walk back along the disused railway line to Jeffrey Lane and turn right.

2. The road bends round to the left ignore the right hand road at the junction. This is the road to Beltoft.

3. As the road bends round to the left again, on the right hand side are two footpath signs close to each other, take the first signed Temple Gardens. This ‘path’ is road width. Follow it towards the distant motorway.

4. At the junction near the motorway (M180) turn right.

5. At the next junction bear right (to the left is a bridge over the motorway) and our road/lane soon becomes a bridleway.

6. As the bridleway meets the Belton-Beltoft road, turn right along the road. In about 200 yards, turn left along a way marked track.

7. At a cross paths marked by a solitary tree, turn right along a field edge path alongside a ditch on the right. This path crosses one footbridge.

8. The path rises up a ramp onto an embankment bearing the disused railway line. Turn right. At the gate go through, turn left into the playing field car park.  

Terrain

The area is mostly level, following pavements initially to point three.

From here to point five the way is an un-surfaced road (there may be puddles after heavy rain). From point five it becomes a generally grassy bridleway reinforced in places with bricks and stones.

The way rises slightly up Mill Hill. There is no pavement on the country road (Beltoft to Belton) but one can step onto the verges if necessary. The track to point seven is wide and generally good. The path onwards is a field edge path alongside a ditch, deep in places.
A good wooden footbridge is crossed. At point eight a slight ramp rises onto the level grit surfaced line of the former railway.

Time

Allow between one and one and a half hours to complete the walk at a leisurely pace.

Refreshments

Great Wall Chinese Takeaway (evenings only).                 

Fish and Chip shop on Westgate.

Toilets

The nearest public toilets are at Belton picnic areas. Access to the Playing Field toilets may be possible. Otherwise only pubs at opening times.

Maps

O.S. Explorer 280 Isle of Axholme.

You can also download a PDF version of the route below: