NEWTON SOLNEY WALK
A short but rewarding walk over good agricultural land to the edge of Burton, with impressive wide ranging views over the surrounding countryside.
Newton Solney’s ancient church of St Mary’s is in a lovely location near the river and is passed at the start of the walk, before you have got your boots muddy. It is well worth taking a few minutes to look round the church before going any further.
The walk past the grounds of Newton Park Hotel provides the opportunity to see a small, well-concealed estate of executive houses, and if you are lucky, a sighting of a group of Shetland ponies pasturing in the vicinity.
Winshill was one of the oldest manors given by Wulfric Spott to the Abbey in 1004; it is now an attractive suburb of Burton. The old corn mills there, which were part of Wulfric’s gift to the Abbey, ground most of the corn for the Abbey tenants. The mills date from Saxon days and probably earlier.
After leaving the fields on the return journey you walk down Bretby Lane, before linking up again with the track past the grounds of Newton Park.
Length: 4 miles.
Start/Finish: Blacksmith’s Lane, turn off Main Street, by Unicorn Inn.
Location: On the B5008 between Repton and Burton upon Trent.
Terrain: A very easy, level walk mainly through fields with a small amount of road walking.
1. Walk along Blacksmith’s Lane, cross Trent Lane and ascend a short flight of steps to join a path leading to St Mary’s Church.
2. Turn left down Church Lane and then right on reaching Burton Road. After a few yards, just before the entrance to the Newton Solney Hotel, go left up a surfaced lane.
3. At the end of the grounds to the former Newton Solney Hall, go over a stile on your right into a field.
4. Walk diagonally across the field with Newton Solney Farm on your left. Go through a gateway into the next field, and carry straight on to a stile by a wooden gate.
5. Continue across another field with the hedge on your right, and then after crossing a stile by a metal field gate, keep close to the hedge which is now on your left.
6. After crossing a stile in the corner of the field, turn sharp left through Bladon Farmyard and walk down the lane past Bladon Farm Cottages on the left.
7. A brook is crossed as you enter Winshill, where you turn left in 30 yards down Hollow Lane and then, after a few yards, left again to re-cross the brook.
8. Walk up the road passing Mount Pleasant Cottages on the left and go through a circular stile into a field.
9. Continue through a series of fields keeping close to the hedge on the right, before eventually walking down a short enclosed path.
10. Maintain the same direction, now with the field boundary on your left, going through a gap into the next field.
11. Cross the field, keeping close to the hedge, and then go down a field access track that leads to Newton Lane, where you turn left.
12. Shortly after passing the Newton Solney sign, turn left up a track between cottages and cross a stile into a field.
13. Keep close to the hedge until it bends to the right, when you walk a few yards to the left to go over a stile into another field.
14. Follow the hedge round to a stile into the lane that you came up at the beginning of the walk, turn right and retrace your steps to the start point.
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PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE LOCALITY
Coors Visitor Centre, (Tel. 01283 511000) formerly the Bass Museum of Brewing, including the Coors Shires. Excellent restaurant facilities. Open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day from 10am - 5pm.
Tutbury Castle (Tel. 01283 812129) is picturesque with stunning views, once the prison-home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Full programme of events. For full opening details please ring or visit website.
Sharpe’s Pottery Visitor Centre (Tel. 01283 222600) has exhibits that tell the story of the South Derbyshire pottery industry from the 16th to the 21st century. Interactive technology. Coffee Shop, conference suite and range of goods on sale. Open Monday to Saturday 10-5pm (Winter closing 3.30pm).
The Brickmakers' Arms (Tel. 01283 702330) is an attractive pub at any time of the year. In the summer, its extensive display of hanging baskets and tubs along the wide frontage is particularly impressive. Open all day Monday to Saturday; lunchtime and evening on Sundays. Meals are served lunchtime and evening every day. Some outside seating.
Bothy Tea Rooms and Restaurant (Tel. 01283 703355) located at the popular Bretby Garden Centre. The Tea Rooms are particularly spacious and offer good food at very competitive prices. There is also seating outside on the patio. Apart from meeting the needs of most gardeners, there is an excellent gift shop and aquatics centre on site.
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NEWTON SOLNEY FEATURE
A writer in the 1950s described Newton Solney as ‘A village planted out in a garden, and half its population seem to be gardeners.’ Although the village has grown in size since then, a better-kept village is hard to find. Immaculate, colourful gardens, well maintained verges and rarely any sign of litter.
It is not surprising to find that so many awards have been won in the Best Kept Village and the Britain in Bloom contests. In 1999, Newton Solney gained second place in the medium sized village section of the National Finals, for the Britain in Bloom awards.
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