Harlaxton, Grantham Canal and Denton

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Start: Harlaxton Distance: 3.9 miles (6.3 km) Climbing: 52 metres
Grid Ref: SK 88447 32659 Time: 2 hours Rating: Easy
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Statistics
Start: Harlaxton Distance: 3.9 miles (6.3 km)
Climbing: 52 metres Grid Ref: SK 88447 32659
Time: 2 hours Rating: Easy
GPX Route File Google Earth File
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

The Walk: This quiet walk follows the course of the old Grantham Canal to Denton Reservoir which was built to feed the canal. The walk continues on through quiet meadows and to the pretty stone village of Denton before returning to the start in equally pretty Harlaxton.

HarlaxtonHarlaxton
Leys House, DentonLeys House, Denton

Grantham Canal was opened in 1793 and runs 33 miles from the River Trent to the Grantham basin. It was designed to carry coke, coal, lime, building materials and essential wares from Nottingham to Grantham. The canal path, lined by oak, elder, sycamore and chestnut trees leads on to a meadow which is a prolific site for butterfly enthusiasts. Denton Reservoir, once popular for winter skating is now a magnet for anglers.

Denton is a small stone village where the Welby family have been lords of the manor since the 14th century. The walk, which began in Harlaxton returns to this village by following fields in a eastwards direction from Denton. Once back in Harlaxton the route passes the church and old school house, a hotchpotch of different architectural styles, before turning into Church Street which has a delightful mix of old houses from different ages.


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