Sunday, 13th January
Fleckney > Saddington > Mowsley > Fleckney
This walk was supposed to about 7.5 miles. Starting from the Scout Hut Car Park, we set off along Saddington Road towards Saddington in reasonable weather. It was a bit overcast but it looked fair enough for the walk. This all changed as we climbed over the first of many stiles and crossed the fields until we got to Mowsley Road. The mist set in and stayed with us for the duration.
Turning off Mowsley Road, we headed downhill to Saddington Brook, continued along Mowsley Brook, past Brook Farm and Valley View Farm until we climbed up to Saddington Road. Here we walked along the road to Mowsley and turned right onto a footpath to take us towards Peashill Farm and then on to Saddington Lodge Farm. After walking through this rather large and very well-kept farm we turned left onto Shearsby Road and walked a short distance to Arnesby Road.
The original plan was to turn left at the junction of Arnesby Road and Fleckney Road and head back into Fleckney via the excellent, and not too muddy, track that would have brought us back onto Arnesby Road just a few yards away from The Golden Shield. As the weather was more than a little miserable, we decided to take the road into Fleckney and enjoyed our refreshments in said pub.