Reconnaissance

Reconnaissance

Recce, recky, reckie, or recon. However you say it, reconnaissance is not without it’s dangers.

Dave and Rita were nearly squashed by this falling tree whilst we were sorting out the route for the Ashley walk.

So, please take care when you’re out walking and if you’re on your own let someone with a chainsaw know where you’re going!

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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2nd May 2021

Leader: Janet Long

Distance: 8.5 miles

Ignore the little ‘tail’ to the left of the map – three of us decided to walk from Fleckney to Great Glen (and two of us walked back again afterward! Only 13 miles!).

Head east out of Great Glen along the main road past (yes, past!) The Yews and take the footpath on the right. This (sort of) follows the River Sence until you reach the site of the medieval village of Stretton Magna.

Right turn here and follow the road until you come to a junction. Opposite is a footpath. Take the footpath and enjoy the scenery.

When you come out onto Oaks Road, turn left and wander along until you reach the junction with Gartree Road. Here, you turn right and take the Roman Road that leads you across Burton Overy Lane and on to Carlton Curlieu Manor House. Look out for a signpost on the left and a gate on the right – both can be pretty well hidden.

Once you find the gate go through it. This path takes you to Carlton Curlieu itself – follow the sign to Burton Overy. When you come to the junction with a tree in the centre of a triangle, turn right and again follow the road towards Burton Overy.

As you approach the bend to the right you will see a footpath sign on your left. Take this footpath to Chestnut Farm and then join Carlton Lane that takes you into Burton Overy.

Turn left onto Main Street and after a short distance turn right onto Town Street. At the end of Town Street bear left and pick up the footpath that will take you to London Road and thence back in to Great Glen.

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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St. Nicholas Church at Mowsley - also dating back to the 13th century.

Marston to Lubenham

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Marston Trussell to Lubenham

Sunday, 22nd March, 2020

Marston Trussell > Foxton Locks > Lubenham > Marston Trussell

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Map of Marston Trussell walk

Elevation

Elevation profile of Marston to Lubenham walk

The Walk

Walk Leader: Deborah Martin

This walk is about 7.5 miles long.

Park near St. Nicholas’ Church in Marston Trussell – there is a bit of a car park there but bear in mind that Holy Communion will be held at the Church at 9:30am.

Head into and through the village along Main Street, past The Sun Inn on to Theddingworth Road, past the Hall and continue until you reach Scoborough Road on your right. Follow Scoborough Road, over the new bridge, until you reach the main, A4304, road. Take the footpath opposite by crossing the road with care.

This footpath takes you over (or under?) the dismantled railway and onto Bunker’s Hill. This, almost straight, roadway takes you to a bridge over the canal. This is Bridge 56 (no beer here!). Leave the road and join the towpath – after the obligatory viewing of the canal in both directions from the bridge!

If you don’t get to Bridge 57 (///atomic.shimmered.foresight) within a few minutes, you’ve gone the wrong way! Hang on. Atomic.shimmered.foresight? Explain!?!

There is an app you can get for your mobile phone called What3words. It will pinpoint your location within a 3 metre square simply by using three words. Many police forces and ambulance services are already using the system. As are the RNLI and other rescue services. It removes the possibility of getting latitude and longitude figures wrong when you are trying to explain your position should anything untoward happen and you need rescuing. For instance, if you put in “tortoises.zones.probable” you will get the Scout Hut Car Park!!

Back to the plot … or at least the footpath. You should now be heading past Lubenham Lodge, and under Bridge 58 (///impulsive.blazing.panting). The canal then curves to the left before Bridge 59 and the longish stretch before the famous flight of locks at Foxton. Perhaps Bridge 61 would be a nice place to stop for a coffee – they do an excellent bacon cob!

The walk now goes past, yes past, The Foxton Lock Inn and along the road by the Lower Car Park. Take the footpath at the end of the car park that will take you towards Foxton. The path will bring you out onto Main Road where you turn right, away from Foxton, and then turn left onto Gallow Field Road. Head along Gallow Field Road until the junction with Foxton Road. Here you will see a footpath sign in opposite you on the junction.

It’s over fields now as you head towards the prison and then sharply away from it. More fields and generally downhill with lots of places to get mislaid until dropping down into Lubenham at The Green. Turn left and head to the junction, carefully cross the road to The Coach and Horses opposite. Here, the ales, beers, and coffees at the pub will refresh your tired bodies.

After a cup/mug or two, or the landlord dismisseth us, it’s left out of the pub and left again onto Rushes Lane. Keep to this lane heading south past the church and then over one bridge and under another. Pick up the footpath heading southwest for a “short amble” across more fields until reaching Marston Road. Bear left and the road turns into Lubenham Road and leads you back into Marston Trussell – hopefully without falling into the river Welland!

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