The Golden Shield

Arnesby

Arnesby

Sunday, 29th December, 2019

Fleckney > Arnesby > Shearsby > Fleckney

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The Walk

Walk Leader: Janet Earwaker

This walk is about 7 miles long.

Starting from the Scout Hut car park, head north along High Street, past The Old Crown and the Co-op up to the mini-roundabout. Turn left here along Kilby Road until you reach Furnival Close. Turn left into the close and head for a little alleyway ahead and to the left of you. This leads onto a footpath that will take you across a field and onto a fairly decent track heading eastish for quite a while. After this while, a the path curves to the left. Shortly after this you will see a footpath to your left that you could have taken but would be a lot muddier. Immidiately after this point is a not-too-easily-spotted path to your right. Take this path if it’s not too muddy otherwise stay on the track until it comes out onto Fleckney Road where you turn right.

Either way you will find yourself heading towards the cute village of Arnesby. Carefully cross the A5199 and head through the farm in front of you. When you come out into the open turn left and head down St. Peter’s Road toward the church. Follow the road around the church until you see a kind of fork. The left side of the fork is sign-posted as a footpath and it initially leads south and then south-east(ish) to Shearsby.

The footpath exits onto Church Lane and, surprisingly, leads to Saint Peter’s Church. A good spot for elevenses perhaps? Continue past the church to the crossroads where you turn left onto Back Lane. Continue along Back Lane until it meets the A5199. Careful here as there is no footpath. Carefully cross the road onto the grass verge opposite and turn left so that you are heading northwards. Towards the top of the hill you will see a large green gateway to your right. To the right of the gates is a stile that takes you onto The Leicestershire Round. This is horse country so expect to wade through muddy fields!

The Round brings you out onto Fleckney Road again where you turn right and head along the road to the junction with Arnesby Road. Here you have another choice: Go straight on through the gate in front of you and continue along The Leicestershire Round, or turn left and head back into Fleckney along Arnesby Road.

The footpath will take you towards Fleckney until a cross-path that gives you another choice. Carry straight on until you reach the main road and pavement-pound to the pub, or turn left along the path that leads behind Lodge Road, through the recreation park, along a very muddy path, and eventually onto Main Road. Turn right and head for The Golden Shield. If the decision to head down Arnesby Road was made earlier, just keep going till you get to The Shield.

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Sunday, 15th December, 2019

Great Glen > Newton Harcourt > Great Glen

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The Walk

Walk Leader: Deborah Martin

This walk is about 5.5 miles long.

Park at The Pug and Greyhound and pick up the footpath at the end of Orchard Lane. The footpath takes you 90 degrees left and heads east until the pathway forks. Take the right fork due south to the A6. Be very careful crossing this main road as the traffic doesn’t hang about!

Once safely across the A6, continue southwards and under the railway bridge. It will be very muddy here! When emerge from the mire stay on the path until you reach the canal at Crane’s Lock. Turn right and follow the towpath all the way to Newton Harcourt. Here you have a choice. If you come off the canal at Church Bridge (no. 80) you can pop down to peek at the lovely St. Luke’s Church. Double back over the canal bridge and over the railway bridge. Immediately after the latter take the footpath to the left of the road all the way to the end where it joins the alternative path. 

250 metres further on from Church Bridge you can exit onto a footpath that takes you straight onto Glen road. Immediately after the railway bridge is the footpath to the right from the first option.

Once you get to Glen Road, take the bridleway directly across the road from you. After about a kilometre (did you notice I’ve gone metric?) take the smaller footpath to the right that heads back to the A6. Again, take care crossing this busy highway. The pathway on the other side of the road takes you eastwards back towards Great Glen.

You will come out onto London Road and luckily it has a pavement – on the other side of the road. More care is needed to cross the road and then turn right along the pavement and follow London Road all the way to The Pug and Greyhound where friendly service and refreshments await.

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Sunday, 15th December, 2019

Great Glen > Little Stretton > King’s Norton > Burton Overy > Great Glen

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Map of Great Glen Walk

The Walk

Walk Leader: Deborah Martin

This walk is about 8.5 miles long.

Park at the recreation ground (off Bindleys Lane) car park and head west past the Social Club building and then north along the footpath. This path leads path the entrance to Penbury Farm, past the Sewage Works, and path the site of the Medieval Village of Stretton Magna before coming out onto Gartree Road opposite Mere Road.

Turn right onto Gartree Road, the old Roman Road, and then left at the next junction. The road leads into Little Stretton but just before the village go over the stile by a cattle grid to the left of the road and take the tree-lined path through the Manor grounds.

The footpath takes you past the church and brings you out onto Church Row after which you turn left at the junction and follow the lane all the way to the end where it meets Gaulby Road. There is a short cut across a field from the lane to Gaulby Road but it may be a little bit muddy after the weather we’ve had recently!

Whichever way you go, turn left onto Gaulby Road and head away from King’s Norton until the road crosses the River Sence after which there is a lay-by on the right leading to a footpath running parallel with Stretton Lane. Follow this path until you reach the cross-path between Cotterill Spinney and Larch Spinney. Turn right here and follow the path southeast along the edge of Larch Spinney to your left and past Norton Gorse on your right. Immediately after the Gorse the path forks.

Either fork will take you into King’s Norton via Gaulby Road. If you took the right fork turn left and head east until you reach the junction with Main Street on your right. If you took the left fork you exit opposite Main Street. This is pretty much the highest part of the walk.

Stroll down Main Street to the rather splendid Gothic Revival Church of St. John the Baptist. Take the road to the left past the church and follow it round until you reach a gateway on the right with a footpath leading across the fields (four of them). This path heads southwest and then south until it reaches Gartree (Roman) Road. Turn left onto Gartree and then almost immediately right onto another footpath leading across a further 4 fields until it exits onto Elms Lane. Turn right along the lane and then left onto Scotland Lane. Follow this lane into Main Street and keep going until you reach The Bell on your right.

Once suitably refreshed continue along Main Street and turn right into Bell Lane and then left onto Beadswell Lane. Follow this lane past the side of a house and onto another footpath. This last path leads you across no less than eight fields downhill onto London Road where you turn right to enter Great Glen. Continue along London Road before turning off onto Main Street opposite the Pug and Greyhound. Turn left onto Church Road and finally right onto Bindleys Lane and thence back to the car park at the recreation ground.

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