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Fleckney Walking Club

The Fleckney Walking Club has been going steady for over 30 years.

We are a very friendly bunch of rambling ramblers who don't mind the odd "adventure" when the map is wrong!

Get your boots on!

We meet for walks every other Sunday, and for evening walks on Thursdays in the summer months.

Contact us.

Join us at the Scout Hut Car Park, High Street, Fleckney at 9:30am every other Sunday.


Take a look at the Programme page for full details of forthcoming walks.

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Sunday December 11, 2022 09:30 to 10:30

Fleckney Walking Club Sunday Walk

Walk Leader: Janet Earwaker

Burton Overy

Map of the walk

Image: Phil

We will be starting the last walk of the year from Burton Overy. A possible parking place is Bell Lane (///doors.saves.passwords).

The walk heads out of Burton Overy along Washbrook Lane and, just after bridge over the brook, pick up the footpath on the right leading to Little Stretton. The path comes out onto Gartree Road. Turn left here and after walking up the road a short distance turn right to go into Little Stretton. Keep going straight until you pass the last house and take the footpath to the right in the direction of King’s Norton. This path crosses a few fields before exiting via a gate onto a road. Turn left onto this road and bear right at the junction to Gaulby Lane. A short distance along Gaulby lane is a footpath due east leading to King’s Norton. I have been unable to locate this path on Google Maps but I’m sure Janet will find it on the day!

This footpath comes out onto Main Street past some red-brick farm buildings. Turn right onto Main Street and head towards the church, you can’t miss it, it’s a tall buiding with a clock tower. This is St. John the Baptist Church – “Perhaps the most beautiful church in the midlands region and one of the finest parish churches in the whole of England“.

After a bit of church-spotting, take Norton Lane out of King’s Norton until the road bears left. On the right is a footpath with a little green sign indicating the short distance to Gaulby, a yellow post, a stile, and a gate that hopefully is openable. Take the footpath and and you will arrive at Back Lane in Gaulby.

Turn right onto Back Lane and keep right at the junction. This is Illston Road and it, surprisingly, leads to Illston on the Hill. Follow this road for a while and it bears to the left and then to the right. Where it turns right there is another little green sign and a gate. Go through the gate and follow the path through lots of fields up Tamborough Hill and past Ashlands. This path comes out via a stile onto The Avenue although it’s marked on the map as Ashlands Road. Turn right here and the road changes to Ashlands Road and leads all the way to Illston on the Hill – with open fields on either side and some lovely views of the countryside.

Keep going in the same direction when you come to the road juction after passing the village sign. Bear left at the next junction to get onto Main Street. Just after the church – St Michael & All Angels – is the local pub, The Fox and Goose – the designated pub stop. Not long ago, Everards were looking for new owners and it wasn’t open when Dave and I went past it recently – but that might have been the time of day. According to Facebook they are doing quite well and selling pizzas. We shall see.

After the pub and/or church continue down Main Street until it runs out. Luckily, there is a path (with a little green sign and a gate) in front of you. Go through the gate and follow the path. Actually, it’s a bridleway so no stiles on this section. It leads to Carlton Curlieu – pronounce it how you like. Apparently, the name means “farm/settlement of the free peasants“. I say apparently as you are not supposed to believe everything on Wikipedia without verifying it yourself. Easy to do!?!

Moving on, the path to Curley Town crosses Gartree Road via a pair of gates, and comes out onto another road with a prominent road sign indicating the direction to take to get back to Burton Overy. So, turn right here as the sign indicates and shortly you will come to another junction with another white sign informing you to turn right once again and that Burton Overy is a mere one and a quarter miles in that direction. We, of course, don’t take the road so the remainder of the journey is more like a mile.

As you leave Carlton Curlieu the view in front of you opens up and you should spot another little green sign indicating the route to Burton Overy. This path comes out at Chestnut Farm and you continue in the same direction along Carlton Lane and end up in Burton Overy and The Bell if anyone requires further sustenance.

General Information

Meet at the Scout Hut Car park by 9.30 a.m. ///loses.always.huts

The walk leader will provide information about the length of the walk, type of terrain, number of stiles and location of the Pub Stop.

Bring your own food and drink.

You are advised to wear good quality walking boots and carry weatherproof clothing.

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Event Types:

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Some of our previous events

Dave brought the pub

Wot? No Pub? Cheers anyway!

We always try to find a watering hole on our walks but on one occasion we failed. So Dave brought along his own beer complete with glass!

Monsal Head; Derbyshire.

Monsal Dale is a very beautiful valley in the Peak District of Derbyshire in England


This is the view of the valley from the Scarsdale Reservoir.

Martello Tower; Hollelsey, Suffolk

On one of our away walks we came across this Martello Tower near Hollesley, Suffolk.

The Originals

Our intrepid walkers back in the days of no colour photography - or a wrong setting on the camera!

Christmas meal 2018.

As you can see, we all enjoyed a great Christmas Meal at The Golden Shield in Fleckney.

Some of our previous walks

Wonderful walks on the England/Wales border around the Wye Valley with a number of interesting locations (and pubs).
A nice circular walk along the canal to Foxton and back through Gumley (pub stop) and across the fields back to Fleckney.
There are five Langtons near Market Harborough, to the southeast of Leicester; Church, Thorpe, East, West and Tur Langton.

Contact Us

Get in touch

If you would like to join our merry band, or have any comments or suggestions, please get in touch with us. We would love to hear from you.

Find us at the office

Scout Hut Car Park, 9:30am every other Sunday.

Email us

or contact
Janet Earwaker by phone: 0116 240 2993 or email: janearwaker@yahoo.co.uk

Fleckney Walking Club

A “Typical” Sunday

We meet in the car park at half past nine,
Whatever the weather, we’re all on time,
If you don’t drive someone will share,
A seat in their car for minimal fare.

We park in a lay-by, or suitable place,
Time to get ready and boots to lace.
We’re usually given a map for the day,
With the obligatory pub-stop marked on the way.

The distance is around eight or ten miles,
Across fields, through woods, over bridges and stiles.
After a couple of hours we stop for a break,
For coffee and biscuits and pieces of cake.

On to the pub for about twelve-thirty,
We take off our boots so the carpet’s not dirty.
A couple of drinks and a chance for a rest,
Some food, or maybe local brews to test.

We can get mislaid if the way is not clear,
Not ‘cause the leader has had too much beer!
It doesn’t matter, we always find a way,
And a little adventure adds spice to the day.

There’s always plenty of good conversation,
The meaning of life or the state of the nation!
It’s a pleasure to explore this countryside of ours,
And observe the things we don’t see from our cars.

It’s a rewarding time to spend part of your weekend,
Getting fresh air, exercise and meeting new friends.
You’ve nothing to lose by joining our club,
Just a few pounds which can only be good.

Deborah Martin