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Tur Langton

Tur Langton

Sunday, 9th February, 2020

Tur Langton > Shangton > Carlton Curlieu > Tur Langton

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The Walk

Walk Leader: Dave Harvey

This walk is about 8 miles long.

Park at, or near, The Crown and head downhill away from the church. Just after the big white house on the right look out for the pathway on the right. The sign for the footpath is easily missed as it is on the wall behind you when you get to the pathway. It looks like a driveway but it does, eventually, lead to a footpath heading north across some fields.

Follow this footpath until it reaches Mere Road. You turn right here and head down toward the main road (B6047). Immediately before the B6047 is a road leading off to the left. This road takes you past an interesting little church and into the small village of Shangton. Turn left when you reach the junction and keep your eye out for a footpath sign on your right just before the house with a double garage on the left.

This footpath is fairly well signposted but there are a couple of awkward stiles to negotiate. The going may be a bit hard after wet weather but don’t let that put you off. At the end of the path you come to the Roman Road. The going now becomes very easy as you turn left onto the Roman Road and follow it past Carlton Curlieu Manor House and all the way along until it meets Burton Overy Lane. Here you leave the Roman (Gartree) Road and turn left onto Burton Overy Lane and enjoy the views as you follow the lane southwest for just over half a mile.

Just before the second cattle-grid, you have the choice of staying on the road and turning left to Carlton Curlieu or, if conditions allow, continuing over the cattle-grid and along to Chestnut Farm. At the farm take the footpath across the fields until you climb up and meet the road just before entering Carlton Curlieu. Unfortunately, unless you want to sit on the grass, there is nowhere to rest at the church. There is, however, a bench a bit further on at the road junction that would more than suffice as a coffee stop.

Whatever you decide, take the road to the right at the junction and head past Carlton Curtlieu Hall. Keep to the tarmac as the road out of Carlton Curlieu meets Kibworth Road. This road is a little busier but you won’t be on it for long. Turn left onto Kibworth Road and then very shortly right onto Mere Road. If you are following the map, of course you are, there are two cattle-grids marked on the map. They no longer exist but you can see where they used to be. Just after the second one there is a footpath to the right that leads across a field and heads toward Kibworth Road. Keep to the edge of the field as it may be easier than going across it, especially if it has been raining and the field freshly ploughed!

By keeping to the edge of the field it is easier to pick up the point where the path forks off to the left. Take this fork and follow the path to the farmyard where it joins the path you used at the beginning of the walk. Turn right after the gate and head down to the road, turn left and grab a pint or two at the welcoming Crown before heading off home!

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Hallaton

Hallaton

Sunday, 1st December, 2019

Hallaton > Slawston > Blaston > Horninghold > Hallaton

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The Walk

Walk Leader: Dave Harvey

This walk is about 8.5 miles long.

Park at, or near, The Bewicke Arms and head towards the church. Take the road to the right, keeping the church on your left and head past the school and out of the village. Just after the the last house, go through the signed gate and head straight across the field to another gate. Go through this gate and round the cemetery and join the Leicestershire Round. Stay on the Round going up and over the hill and down to the site of the medieval village of Othorpe.

Turn off the Leicestershire Round at this point and take the footpath leading to Langton Road. Turn left onto Langton Road and then right onto Slawston Road. Continue on this road to the village of Slawston. Keep to Main Road through the village and join Hallaton Road just after the church.

Hallaton Road will take you all the way to the edge of Blaston to join Hornington Lane on the left. However, there is a lovely little church down the road just crying out for you to take a coffee break there. When you leave the church, retrace your steps up the hill and go straight along Horninghold Lane until it meets Hallaton Road. Turn right and head into the village where there is another interesting little church.

Opposite the entrance to the church, where Hallaton Road meets Knob Hill Road, is a short road that leads past some interestingly named cottages and through a farmyard. Here, the path splits and you need to take the one to the left. This footpath takes you across Alexton Road and up to Fearn Farm.

A sharp left at a confusing gateway and you are back on the Leicestershire Round / Macmillan Way. This path is pretty well signed until you leave it at the junction of East Norton Road and Allexton Road. Stay on the road all the way back to Hallaton and the pub!

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Welford

Welford

Sunday, 17th November, 2019

Welford

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The Walk

Walk Leader: Janet Long

This walk is about 6 to 7 miles long.

Start at The Wharf public house.Turn right out of the pub car park and keep to the pavement along the A5199 and bear right and then take the footpath to the right just before the turning into West Street. Follow this path anti-clockwise past the sewage works and some allotments until it come out onto Hall Lane. Go straight over the lane and pick up the path heading away from the gateway on the opposite side. This is Shakespear’s Avon Way.

It’s not totally clear where the path leads from the gateway but if you stick reasonably close to the right of the pasture you will soon see a little bridge over the stream ahead. Stay on this path as it heads west through a series of fields and climbs a hill to give a magnificent view to the west. The path then drops down to meet the Grand Union Canal and you cross Bridge 38 and then follow the towpath south.

The footpath takes a number of deviations away from the canal as it meanders south but it’s probably better to stick to the towpath until it goes under underneath Cold Ashby Farm near Park Farm.

This is where you leave the canal behind (at Bridge 31) and head north-east on the Jurassic Way from Cold Ashby Road. You will cross a field and immediately walk into the cluster of contours known as Hemplow Hills. This tiny piece of wooded high ground is rather charming and when you emerge from the woods on the north-eastern fringe you will have wonderful views to the east.

There’s a picnic bench in the first grass field after the woods and this would probably be a good place for a coffee stop.

Follow the path until you reach the road where you turn left. This will take you past Hemplow Lodge Farm (still on the Jurassic Way) and then on to stretch of tarmac back to Welford on West End. Where West End becomes West Street you have a choice of going straight on or turning right into Church Lane and then left along High Street. Either way it’s pavement pounding until you get back to The Wharf to enjoy a bevvie or two.

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