Glenfield Tunnel – Over The Top

Length:
3.8 miles
Duration:
1 hour 55 minutes
Difficulty:
Easy
Direction:
Circular
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Summary

Glenfield Tunnel – Over The Top

This walk passes through the residential housing estates of New Parks and Glenfield, which were built above the historic Glenfield Tunnel. The tunnel was completed in 1832 for Leicester’s first railway line, which transported coal from the Leicestershire coalfields. This walk starts near the tunnel’s eastern portal. It passes some of the ventilation shafts which mark the tunnel’s subterranean route. Along the way we reveal a little history of the tunnel and the Leicester to Swannington Railway, finishing at the site of the former Glenfield Station. The route then returns to the start. 

For a more detailed story, check out the virtual walk video.
Video – a virtual walk over the top of the Glenfield Tunnel

This walk is also available on GoJauntly. Some free routes have been created on GoJauntly by volunteers for Leicester City Council. GoJauntly is a free community based app which can be downloaded to your smart phone. There you can find local walks to follow and even create some of your own.  
Glenfield Tunnel – Over The Top on GoJauntly

Acknowledgements

With thanks to volunteer John Alton for developing this route.

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