Date: Wednesday 4th February, 2015
Meet at: Melton, Riverside, Wilford Bridge Road, IP12 2PA
Map Ref: TM 28813 50301 Maps: Maps: OS on Bing Google OpenStreetMap
OS Map: X 212
Picnic: Bring your own picnic lunch
Dogs: Registered assistance dogs only. More
Guide Book: Sandlings Walks
Walk Number: 4
Park at the Melton Riverside car park or from Melton railway station, head to the road and turn right twice to get to the car park. Follow the footpath NW. It starts near the car park near the entrance. Cross a footbridge and turn left, SW. Head up steps onto the flood defence wall. Turn left, SE, and follow the waterside path all the way to the road. There are fine views over the estuary.
At the road, turm right, SE, and cross the road bridge.
Just before the roundabout, turn left, east, and head into woodland and onto a board-walk.
Back at tarmac, turn left, NE. At a t-junction, turn right, roughly south, along school lane.
At the main road, turn left, east, then second right, south, onto a wide sandy track.
The first right through a pine wood also works and is nicer but not the official Sandlings route.
This path turns left, right and left again to rejoin the sandy track and avoids a short leg of busy tarmac.
Turn right off the sandy track and enter the golf course. Head south, then SW for 170 metres to the botton of the dip.
Turn left, SE, and cross a fairway. Head SE through a gorse gap and along a fairway keeping left.
Go through a gate and head south. Turn left, SE on a woodland path. Ignore tracks right.
At a pole-top transformer and dragon's tooth, turn right south. Continue a little west of south ignoring side turnings.
Cross the main road and continue a little west of south. Turn left, SE, onto a crossing path. Ignore side tracks.
The wide track narrows to a woodland footpath. Head SE past the waterworks.
Go through a gate and continue SE, woodland left, field right.
At the end of the field, turn right, SW, onto the crossing track. The Sandlings path heads the opposite way.
Just after two houses, turn right, a little west of north. Ignore side tracks.
The path narrows and bends NW eventually reaching a large car park and a main road.
Head NW through the car park, then right, NE, along a track between fields.
Turn left, SW, onto a crossing path and head between two fields, hedge left.
Near a line of birch trees, kink right and left. Head SW, trees left.
Soon, bear right, diagonally across the field to the footpath signpost near the far right end of the field.
This was mown lawn, presumably to be sold as turf in the near future.
At heath road, cross over. Follow the road (nasty), NW, or kink right and left into the mature beech wood.
Head NW through the open woodland parallel with the road.
This pathless leafy glade emerges onto a track at a small parking area.
Turn right, NE, into the golf course. Head NE between fairways.
Bend slightly left, NE, and cross a fairway to rejoin the path from earlier in the walk.
Head NE, woods left, uphill. Go through a gate and join the wide sandy track, NE.
This bends left, north. At the main road, turn left, west.
Take the first right, NW, along School Lane. At a t-junction, turn left, west, along Common Lane.
Before the main road, turn right, SW, into woodland and the board-walk.
Rejoin the main road and turn right, NW. Cross the road bridge.
Turn left and follow the flood defence path with good views over the esturay.
Turn right down the steps and head roughly west back to the car park.
If you came by train, leave the car park and turn left along the main road and left into Melton Station.