The Quarterly Village Publication produced by Barrow upon Soar Community Association



Walking in and around Barrow

Barrow is surrounded by attractive rural scenery that provides many gentle rambles along the well-maintained network of footpaths. For ideas of routes, you can pick up several leaflets of walks and trails from the usual points in Barrow including the Post Office, The Paper Shop, library and several pubs. You can also find information from the village website and from the Heritage website Some of the leaflets can be downloaded and printed.

Barrow has its own Parish Council Rights of Way walks publicised in its newsletter and on posters around the village. The LCC Barrow Parish walks leaflet outlines three routes ranging from 4.3/4 to 2.3/4 miles.

Also find the two Heritage Walks leaflets: Walking the Edge describes a 3.1/2 mile circuit and a pick and mix of jitties. No 2 has three longer walks which explore the river (4+ miles), take you to Seagrave, Sileby and Mountsorrel (9 miles) and to Swithland reservoir (8 miles). Along with the route description, you also get some really interesting information about the heritage of the area: history, geology and natural history.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust has produced a beautiful leaflet ‘Rewilding the Soar Valley ‘ that guides you to seven sites along the River Soar (sadly not including Barrow) where a project is underway to restore wildlife and wild places.

Walking within the village can be given a purpose by following the Fossil Trail. This is a circular route that finds the 10 groups of fossil sculptures that were created over 10 years ago by students of Loughborough College of Art. There are two leaflets: one for adults that contains a map locating the fossils and an activitybased one for children.

If your interest in history is a bit more recent, the booklet ‘Places of Historic Interest‘ locates 24 sites with information about each. You can enrich this still further by buying the booklet ‘People and Places‘ that provides delightful pen and ink drawings and poems about the places and people of Barrow’s past. The booklet costs only £2.00 from the Paper Shop. All the other publications mentioned above are free.

You can make a very short walk around the Millennium Park. Before you go, pick up an interesting leaflet that describes the creation and workings of Barrow’s unique Millennium sundial.

Judith Rodgers