Leader: Sheila Varnam
This walk is just under 9 miles.
Three of us walked from Fleckney to Saddington and back after the walk. This makes the walk 11 miles long.
Sheila led us from the allotments in Saddington along the Leicestershire Round down past Manor Farm and up to Smeeton Gorse and you come out onto Debdale Lane just before Gumley.
Turn right onto the lane and follow it to the junction where you bear right once again. Continue on what is now Gumley Road all the way to Laughton.
Just after you pass the village sign, turn left at the junction, follow the road round and then take the next, unnamed, road out of Laughton. Shortly afterward take the footpath to your left and head across the fields.
Just after Gumley Lodge you will come to a cross-path. Bear left here and head uphill to Gumley keeping to the footpath on the right.
Cross the road near the ‘library’ and take the path downhill keeping to the left and avoiding the Leicestershire Round. This path takes you around Gumley Wood and onto Debdale Lane.
After about 400 yards take the footpath to your left through the fields and down to the canal at bridge 68. Turn left (Rita!) on the canal towpath and have a pleasant stroll along for just over a mile.
You should have now reached Saddington Tunnel (Bridge 71). Turn left and follow the footpath heading towards Saddington Reservoir. Before you get that far take the footbridge on the right and follow the Leicestershire Round back into Saddington.
Photographs of the walk
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