Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Garendon and the Stonebow (A Guided Walk in Garendon)

“Garendon and the Stonebow” is a Guided Walk in the area between Shepshed and Loughborough devised and led by Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby, of Colin Crosby Heritage Tours.

These walks are an enjoyable way to soak up some Local History.

The starting point is the Bull Ring in the centre of the old market town of Shepshed.

The walk takes in some of Garendon Park. Here was Garendon Abbey, founded by the Cistercians in the 12th century, which lasted until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in Henry VIII’s reign.

A 17th century mansion on the site was replaced by another in the 18th century. This lasted until 1964, when some of its stone was used as hardcore for the M1, which crossed the estate.

There are still some buildings and follies standing, and part of the land is still private property.

The walk includes the little known mediaeval bridge known as the Stonebow, used by monks walking between Garendon and their grange at Dishley.

The route follows paths through the old Garendon Park to the edge of Loughborough at Thorpe Acre.

Colin also leads a walk around the town of Shepshed. This is called simply “Shepshed”.

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'Garendon and the Stonebow' costs £4.00 per person, or £3.00 if paying in advance. The guided walk begins at Bull Ring, and is running on:

I'm sorry, but there are no plans to run this event at present.

If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please telephone Colin on (0116) 2611576 or email him at

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