Fleckney to Laughton

Fleckney to Laughton

Sunday, 26th January, 2020

Fleckney > Saddington > Laughton > Gumley > Saddington > Fleckney

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Fleckney to Laughton map

The Walk

Walk Leader: Rita Pearce (and Phil Williams)

This is multiple-choice walk of about 7.5 miles from Fleckney, through Saddington, to Laughton, and back. It’s probably been done a few times but we like it!

Starting from the Scout Hut Car Park, head out of the village towards Saddington. With all the rain and building work it’s probably best to single file along the narrow pavement into Saddington. The safer alternative is to go through the fields along the Leicestershire Round. When you get into Saddington, head past the pub and the church and follow the road to the bottom of the hill.

Here you have the second choice, continue along the road, turning right at the fork, to Brook Farm, or through (muddy) fields and along Mowsley Brook until the path joins another at right angles to it. This second path brings you out onto Mowsley Road where you turn right to get to Brook Farm.

However you get there, there is a bridleway opposite the farm. This track is surprisingly not too muddy (or it wasn’t when we checked it out). The path heads due south and takes you all the way into Laughton bringing you out by St. Mark’s Church. Follow the road past the church up to the fork in the road marked by a grass triangle.

If you ask Rita which way to go from here she will say right. So, turn left and follow Main Street up to the next fork and grass triangle. Keep to the left, the other left Rita, and follow Gumley road to … Gumley.

Well no, another choice looms before getting to Gumley. Just after the war memorial there is a crossroads. Either turn left and go down the steep hill and past Saddington reservoir, or straight on and pick up the Leicestershire Round and go through the (muddy) fields to Saddington.

Once you reach Saddington you can call in the Queen’s Head for a brew or two (I get a discount there), or head back into Fleckney and the choice of our two locals. Here’s hoping you enjoy(ed) the walk. Cheers!

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Laughton

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Dadlington bridge.

Dadlington

Dadlington

Sunday, 12th January, 2020

Dadlington > Bosworth Field > Dadlington

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Dadlington walk map

The Walk

Walk Leader: Andy Collins

This walk is about 6 miles long.

Starting from The Green, by The Dog and Hedgehog, turn left and cross Shenton Lane where you will see a footpath sign. This footpath is labelled the Ambion Way and leads you to the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal. This canal is famous for having no locks. Cross the bridge at the canal and take the towpath heading east.

Follow the towpath for just over two miles. You will pass under Sutton Lane Bridge (32), Geary’s Bridge (33) where the canal curves to head northwards, and thence to Sutton Wharf Bridge (34) where there is a cafe and toilets.

Continue along the towpath, now heading west, skirting Ambion Wood. You leave the wood behind after Rail Bridge (34a). The canal now curves to the right and you will soon see Bradfield’s Bridge (35).

This is where you leave the canal and head northeast along the road, Shenton Lane, towards Shenton Station. Here, there is another cafe and probably the means to de-water yourself should the need arise.

Go through the station and cross the railway – making sure there is nothing coming! Here, you pick up the Ambion Way once more and follow it around the site of the Battle of Bosworth, past the Bosworth Field Visitor Centre, and through Ambion wood.

Walking through woods for the Fleckney Walking Club is an invitation to get “mislaid” but this track should be easily manageable, even for us! When you (eventually) emerge from the woods the track follows the canal back to Sutton Wharf. You are now on the right side of the canal for the cafe.

This section of the walk along the canal is about a mile. After leaving the wharf at Sutton Wharf Bridge (34), the canal bears right and heads south. At the next bridge, Geary’s (33) take the Leicestershire Round to Stapleton Lane. Turn right onto the lane and head back into Dadlington. The lane takes you to a crossroads where you turn right onto Hinckley Road. Follow this onto Main Street and thus back to the pub for drinkies.

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