6 May 2021

First Thursday Walk

This walk is just over 4 miles.

From the car park head towards the duck pond and turn left to go up Kibworth Road. Turn into Wentworth Road, cross Manor Road and bear left into Sawbrook.

Bear right at the end of Sawbrook and pick up the footpath that leads behind the factories. Turn left onto the footpath that leads away from the main (Fleckney) road and head towards Saddington Tunnel.

Cross the field and join the path from Millenium Wood. Turn right along this path and cross Kibworth Road and onto Mill Lane.

After about half a mile turn left off Mill Lane and head towards Kibworth. Half-way along this path turn left onto the footpath that runs parallel with Mill Lane.

Follow this path to and past the football ground and cross Kibworth Road again. Now head past the electricity transformers and over a stile to head across the field and into Millenium Wood.

Head straight over the wide path and through the wood bearing right at the end. Follow this path out of the wood up the steps and turn left to take you to the open field near Saddington Tunnel.

Turn right onto the footpath that leads to the main road and almost immediately right again along the ‘temporary’ path parallel to the canal towpath.

At the end of this path carefully head down the slope onto the towpath and thence along it until just after the bridge.

Go through the gate on the left, over the fields and back into Fleckney.

Photographs of the walk

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11 April 2021

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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