This lovely walk begins and ends at Villa Barra Hill nature reserve.
When: Saturday, 1st July, 2017
Meet: 1 pm at the Noon Column (Grid Ref: SK468.113) to sing a song whilst waiting for the sun to shine through the slit. Aiming to leave at 1.15
Parking: Car park at Billa Barra Hill Nature Reserve. This car park can be found by taking the A511 (old A50) travelling towards Leicester. Approx. 2 miles beyond the ring road round Coalville and before reaching junction 22 of the M1 take a right-hand turn, at a traffic-light controlled roundabout, towards Stanton under Bardon. The left turn is signposted to Copt Oak and over to your right you will see the Flying Horse pub/restaurant. A short distance along, this road bends round to the left, at this point you turn right up a narrow lane and immediately right into the car park.
Directions to Noon Column: The Noon Column can be seen from the car park along a narrow path leading off the left-hand corner diagonally opposite the entrance.
Walk: A little over 5 miles with 20+ stiles, this is a varied walk beginning around the edge of a quarry with good views of the surrounding countryside. Crossing arable land and following the route of an old railway the path eventually alights, after crossing several fields and meadows, at the back of the village of Stanton under Bardon.
Refreshments: The Old Thatched Inn, Stanton under Bardon (LE67 9TQ).
Noon Column Walks flyer can be downloaded National Forest Noon Column Walks 2017