The Historic Halls of Holmesfield (15th April 2023)

This walk is always popular and has become a regular feature in our walks’ programme. Here’s what Graham had to say about it.

Today’s walk was slightly delayed in starting as could not use the car park due to the annual Holmesfield Market. After we had all parked on nearby streets, Steve Sadler led 14 members on a 5 mile walk taking in six of the Halls within the parish of Holmesfield. Starting with Holmesfield Hall we then took the easy access path down to Woodthorpe Hall and then up the road to Fanshawegate Hall. At each of these Steve gave us a brief history and other interesting facts relevant to the individual halls. We then climbed the fields to Lydgate where we crossed the Owler Bar road and then descended towards Horsleygate. On the descent we stopped for our coffee break at a handy spot with plenty of seating. It was then on to the first of the two Horsleygate Halls, the “new” Horsleygate Hall at the bottom of the lane. We then walked up the lane to the “old” Horsleygate Hall before descending through the caravan park. After crossing a series of fields we ended up at the last and oldest of the halls, Cartledge Hall with neighbouring Cartledge Grange. Steve again gave us more history and interesting facts on these as he had at Horsleygate. We then took the short return to Holmesfield to finish an undulating but well themed and interesting walk. Seven of the group then took the opportunity to call at The Moorlands Carvery for some well earned food and drink.