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Rothley Circular Walk.
This short circular walk of just over 3 miles follows tarmac roads for it's entire length.
The route can be followed in either direction, we followed an anti-clockwise route.
There are a few possible starting points for this walk - we started at Rothley Crossroads where there is a parking space on the roadside.
From the parking area at Rothley Crossroads turn right towards Rothbury.
Be careful on this road as some traffic can be travelling quickly.
The road rises and on the right hand side of the ruins of Codger Fort can soon be seen perched on a hilltop.
On the left are great views towards the Simonside Hills.
As you pass Codger Fort the road leads steeply downhill towards Rothley Lakes with wide panoramic views.
At the bottom of the hill the main lake is on your left with a smaller lake on the right.
Both are on private land.
The main lake is very pretty, especially on a sunny day with lakeside reflections on the surface.
After the lakes the road rises again as you head to Rothley West Shield.
After a short while you will cross a bridge over the old Scots Gap to Rothbury Railway.
On the left the trackbed can be seen in a deep cutting and on the right, when the trees are bare, the remains of a station platform are visible.
Shortly after the railway is a junction on your left.
Take this junction and after the houses cross a cattle grid.
A sign here warns of a bull, we've never seen him here but once walked through a field full of young bulls on the road to Greenleighton!
Continue along this road with open views ahead and on your left.
After you pass some cottages and a small thicket of trees you will reach another junction.
A short detour to your right here provides good views to Greenleighton and Harwood Forest.
There is also a car park here which can be used as a starting point for this and a number of other walks.
On returning to the junction take the right hand road which is more or less straight ahead.
This will take you past Rothley West Shield Farm and after a while to another bridge over the old railway.
From here is a fine view along the old trackbed towards Scots Gap.
There is also a view of Rothley Castle in the distance.
Continue along the road and cross another cattle grid to join a main road.
Turn left here and walk uphill for a short distance back to Rothley Crossroads and the parking area.
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