Fosse Meadows Country Park

6th February 2022: Kathy Kilsby

The Route - 7.5 miles

Park at the Fosse Meadows Country Park car park (///detection.yummy.scoop) – no parking charge! Turn left out of the car park and follow the Roman Road across Frolesworth Road and up to the lay-by off Coventry Road. Turn left and exit the lay-by onto Coventry Road itself. After a few yards take the footpath on the right that leads across fields to Sapcote. The All Saints Church has an interesting lychgate, the first of two on this walk.

Meander around Cook’s Lane, past the Primary School and onto Park Road. Just before the houses is a partly hidden footpath sign on the left. This footpath heads southwest across fields of green (and brown!) all the way to Sharnford Road.

Upon reaching the road turn right and head into Aston Flamville. St. Peter’s Church has a recently built lychgate. If you are admiring this church entrance then you are correctly on Lychgate Lane. Follow the lane down to the bend where there is a gate on your left. There is a notice on the gate to keep it closed so we assume it’s ok to go through it. The actual footpath is signposted a bit further up the lane but the path leads back to this point.

This bit of the walk is well used and very muddy. It forms part of The Leicestershire Round – a 100 mile walk around Leicestershire. This section leads into Sharnford and, more importantly, The Sharnford Arms – a very warm and welcoming, dog-friendly, pub stop. It also boasts a Chinese Restaurant inside the pub.

After imbibing a pint or two, or whatever your tipple happens to be, head out of the car park and down the unmarked road to the left. Immediately after the bridge take the gate on the left marked with the distinctive yellow Leicestershire Round way marker.

This is the final section of the walk and leads across the sometimes squishy meadows. When you come to a footpath off to your left ignore it and continue straight on. The left fork is known to be very boggy and muddy. At the end of the meadows is a gate on your left leading back to the car park.