Lubenham

Thursday, 20th June, 2019

Lubenham

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The Walk

Walk Leader: Dave Bromley

From the Coach and Horses turn right onto Harborough Road and then right again onto Old Hall Lane. Follow the lane round the corner and take the path on the left just after some farm buildings.

This path crosses Farndon Road and then diagonally across the field – if you’re lucky! If the crop is growing well you may have to skirt around the field, in which case you may have to hunt for the well-hidden exit path. It is there, a little bridge affair.

Once through the hedge it is a gentle incline along the edge of another field. It is well worth turning around along here to witness the view behind you. Head for the right-hand corner of the field where there is a gate and a footpath leading west. Follow this path around until you find yourself on Marston Trussell Road.

This road is straight and narrow. Follow it, for 670 yards, until you reach a bridge over a stream. Immediately after the bridge is another hidden footpath to the right. This path leads diagonally across the field, over a footbridge, past Marston Trussell church, and onto Lubenham Road.

Turn right onto the road and follow it for about 700 yards (past the Leicestershire sign) until you reach a gap in the hedge, a stile, and a footpath taking you past Thorpe Lubenham Hall in the distance. This path my be a little indistinct but you need to head northeast until you reach a gate leading onto Farndon Road. Turn left and head for the pub!

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Mowsley 2

Thursday, 13th June, 2019

Mowsley

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The Walk

Walk Leader: Dave Bromley

The weather was unkind to us most of the week but this Thursday evening turned out to be a cracker. Yes, the fields were wet and there was a lot of mud in places but the five of us that braved it had a fantastic walk.

The Staff of Life car park in Mowsley is not very big but, if you’re lucky, you can squeeze in. From the pub, turn left on the main road and head north to the corner just after the church. On the corner is a footpath, on the left-hand side, that will take you down to a hidden stream. This area can get flooded after a good downpour so some deviation from the path may be necessary.

Climb up the bank after the stream and head to the right of the metal gate. Keep the hedge on your left as you continue along the footpath through two fields. There are stiles in the corner of each.

As you descend through yet another field you will see an inverted ‘V’ in the hedge in front of you. This is where the next stile is – but, Dave being Dave, that is not where you need to go! Diagonally to your right you will see a gate and some old buildings (Lodge Farm). Head for the gate – keeping an eye out for bulls and foxes! Tread carefully past these old buildings, as they don’t appear to very safe, and continue along the track until you reach Saddington Road.

Turn left onto the road and continue past Valley View Farm, round the corner, and turn onto the bridle path on your right opposite Brook Farm. This path takes you south all the into Laughton, a small but pretty village – watch out for cats!

Turn right onto Main Street, just after triangle of grass in the centre of the road. Continue along Main Street until you spot a red telephone box on the left then take the “No Through Road” to the right. This road terminates just after St. Luke’s Church where you will see signs to footpaths left and right. Turn left and head through the small wooden gate to the right of the house and  continue westwards until you get back into Mowsley – keep an eye out where the track appears to go off to the right but the footpath you want is more or less straight in front. Once back in Mowsley, enjoy some refreshments at the Staff of Life.

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Houghton

Thursday, 6th June, 2019

Houghton on the Hill

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Map of Houghton walk

The Walk

Walk Leader: Dave Bromley

It was nice to see some new faces for the third of the 2019 Fleckney Walking Club’s Thursday walks.

Park in the car park of the Rose and Crown, by prior arrangement, and head northwest out of the village along Uppingham Road. Just after a new housing development, take the turning to the right, opposite Deane Gate Drive, that leads to Redver’s Farm. Just after the farm are two footpaths, go straight on and take the path to the left through a field. When you reach the end of the field fight your way through the undergrowth and turn right onto another path.

This deep-rutted path leads past a wood on the left and climbs steadily up past Monk’s Grave to the site of the Medieval Village of Ingarsby. After admiring the view from the top of the hill, find the footpath to the left that leads to Ingarsby Lane. Follow the lane downhill and take the footpath on the left just before the bend in the road to the right. Continue northwest along this path through fields until you reach a farm track that crosses the path.

Turn left onto this track, the lowest part of the walk, and continue southwards over a dismantled railway and past Keyham High Leys until you come out onto another T junction. Turn left onto this path and go past the gap in the hedge that you came out of earlier and continue on for a few yards before taking the path to the right – unless you want to go around again!

This path leads past a solar farm with a high fence on the left. Follow the path round until it comes out onto the road leading past Redver’s Farm and back onto Uppingham Road and thence to the Rose and Crown for you know what!

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Cosby

Thursday, 30th June, 2019

Cosby

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Cosby walk map

The Walk

Walk Leader: Dave Bromley

The best place to park in Cosby is not outside the pub. It is very narrow there and gets filled up very quickly. The Nook is better and it’s only a few yards away.

Head west away from the pub and walk along The Nook into Croft Road. Turn left down a narrow road just after the zebra crossing. There are a couple of kinks in the path and it turns 90 degrees to the left and 90 degrees to the right before coming to a “crosspath” where you turn 90 degrees left again.

Very shortly you will get to a junction where the actual path goes left or right. Being led by Dave this meant that we carried straight on and ignored any footpath marked on the map!

After fighting your way through dense undergrowth (well, tall grass!) you will get to a proper, marked on the map, type path. Turn left onto this path that will take you back into Cosby by the entrance to the Golf Club Car Park.

Turn right and follow Broughton Road for a short distance before turning down Shuttleworth Lane. Follow the lane until you reach two gates on the right-hand side. The footpath through the second gate is where you’re headed.

The path takes you through fields and under a disused railway bridge and comes out on Cottage Lane. Turn left on the lane and head past Cosby Lodge until the lane meets Lutterworth Road. Turn left and stay on the grass verge (it’s safer) until you reach the first junction on the left that is other end of Shuttleworth Lane.

Traipse along the lane until you come to an opening on the right. This path leads under the disused railway once more until you find yourself on the golf course. Continue along the marked path slightly left of north keeping your eye and ears peeled for small round projectiles being fired at you by people with sticks. They are hard and they hurt!

After coming off the golf course we should have carried straight on which would lead directly to the pub. However, the men got distracted by the cows and the women turned left into an alleyway. After a short conference between human and bovine we followed the ladies along Tudor Road, through another walkway onto Chapel Lane and then right along Broughton Road to The Bulls Head.

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Fleckney

Thursday, 23rd June, 2019

Fleckney

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Fleckney walk map

The Walk

Walk Leader: Dave Bromley

The first Thursday Walk for 2019 was a short, “let’s get back into it”, walk around Fleckney.

Starting from the Scout Hut Car Park, head north along High Street (past the Old Crown) and turn left into the housing estate after the Co-op. Follow the road round to the right and then left and head to the end of Forge Close and take the path that joins the jitty. Turn right onto the jitty and follow it all the way to Colman Road. Turn right onto Colman Road and then left over a stile and onto the footpath that now goes through the new housing estate.

In fact, the footpath has been diverted to go around the houses until it gets to the original exit point. Follow the footpath diagonally across the first field, through and then along the far side of the second field and around the right of a third.

Head, in the same direction, for the yellow post on the opposite side of the next field. There should be a well-defined path here but we had to make our own!

You have now reached a “crosspaths” at Fox Covert. Straight ahead is the path to Kilby, the right one leads to Wistow, but you want the one to the left and south-west that takes you to Kilby Road.

The obvious choice here is to go straight across the road onto the continuation of the bridleway you just left. With Dave leading the way? Not a chance! Turn left to go along the road and through the gate on the right just around the corner. Pass the barn and head slightly east of south until you reach a small copse to your right – there is a spring marked on the map at this point. Turn left and head east until you reach a ‘proper’ footpath that takes you to Arnesby Road. Turn left on the road and deposit yourself in The Golden Shield for a pint or a brandy as you relax knowing you didn’t get shot by the farmer!

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Thurlaston

5th July 2018

Thurlaston - Draycote - Frankton - Thurlaston

Lovely evening walk taking in open fields, roadways, a fly-tip site, a bathtub, and ending at The Elephant and Castle. Very friendly pub and nice ale! 🍺🍺

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