Sunday February 5, 2023 09:30

Fleckney … and beyond!

Leader: Janet Earwaker

Fleckney Arnesby Shearsby Map

This week’s walk will be a local one starting from the village car park at 9:30am.

Janet intends to lead us across the fields towards Kilby but turning left when reaching the lane (a right turn takes you to Wistow), across the Kilby road and on to Arnesby. Then on to Shearsby and across the fields back to Fleckney. If the going is hard then Shearsby can be cut from the walk.

So, from the car park, cross High Street and head up Main Street then turn off to go along Wolsey Lane. Follow the jitties (a term used in the Midlands and also in mining communities in the south-east, notably Aylesham, for what I call “alleyways”) and crossing Kilby Road and Batchelor Road up to Coleman Road. Turn right on Coleman Road and cross it to enter the newish housing estate and follow the path all the way to it’s termination at the first stile of the day.

The paths through the first two fields are well defined, the one across the third not so much. Folk tend to walk around this field and then across the fourth. At the end of this field is effectively a cross-path. Straight ahead (over the stile) takes you to Kilby, right takes you to Wistow, left takes you to Arnesby and left is the way to go. The compass direction is (roughly) southwest but as the bridleway is right next to a hedge to start with you can’t go wrong!

A field or two later and the bridleway exits onto Kilby Road at a gate. This could be a bit muddy! Cross the road and take the drive leading to Waterleys Farm (otherwise known as Arnesby Lodge Farm). Before reaching the buildings we leave the bridleway and follow a footpath to the left leading across about five fields. The absence of little red flags on the map does not necessarily mean there are no stiles along it, I just haven’t marked them yet! I believe there is one at the end of this section where we meet the very busy and fast Welford Road (A5199) but with luck we can open the gate!

Very carefully cross the main road onto Lutterworth Road and head past the Little India and on to St. Peter’s Road. A little way along St. Peter’s Road is a footpath sign on the left and this path leads back to the A5199 via a stile. This is the alternative route if the walk is hard-going and it takes you on to Fleckney Road and thus all the back to Fleckney. Although the road appears blocked off it is possible to get around the fence as on past recent visits there appears to be no reason for the blockade. However, on the left a little way along Fleckney Road is an ex-stile and a sign pointing diagonally across the field. Ignore the sign and go around the field to the left. You will soon come to a new track that is pretty much mud-free. This track, with the aid of a couple more, leads onto the bridleway that we all know and love and that comes out onto Main Street not too far from The Golden Shield.

If conditions are ok we will continue down the road past St. Peter’s Church and follow the road around to the right. Where the road forks take the narrow one on the left and this takes you to a footpath and four more fields before coming out onto Church Lane in Shearsby. Follow the lane past St. Mary Madelene to it’s end where it meets Back Lane. Across the road is The Square and that will lead you to Main Street and The Chandler’s Arms that looks over the village green. Either (or both) are ideal for a lunch break.

Shearsby is exited via Back Lane as it leads back up to Welford Road. There are currently roadworks here that shouldn’t affect us. Turn left onto the main road and cross it – carefully if the roadworks are finished. Pick up the footpath to the right of the green fence at the entrance to New Inn Farm. This footpath is part of The Leicestershire Round and it evenually comes out onto Fleckney Road. Turn right here an on to Arnesby Road. The choice here is to continue along The Leicestershire Round through the notoriously muddy field (that’s not too bad at the moment) and around onto Saddington Road. My preference would be to shake the mud off my boots while following the road back into Fleckney. The latter route takes you past The Golden Shield  – an excellent terminus for the walk!


General information:

The Fleckney Walking Club meet every other Sunday for a walk of about 7 to 9 miles with a pub stop somewhere along the route.
We leave the village car park at 9:30 a.m. (///loses.always.huts).
For these walks you are advised to wear good quality walking boots and carry weatherproof clothing.
We suggest you also bring refreshments as a coffee stop is also usually on the cards.
For those who are car-sharing to walks outside of Fleckney, passengers are requested to subsidise their driver by the amount of 20p per mile (one way). For example, if the start of the walk was 10 miles from Fleckney the fee would be 10 x 20p = £1.

During the summer months we also have Thursday evening walks of about 4 to 5 miles in length.
These generally start and end at a pub!
We meet at the village car park, by 7 p.m. (///loses.always.huts).

In the event of a walk being cancelled due to inclement weather (or any other reason) the walk leader will communicate the cancellation by email in the first instance and also be at the start meeting point to advise any members who miss the email.

The annual cost to join the Fleckney Walking Club is £10 (Sundays and Thursdays) or £5 (Thursdays only) payable on your first walk.

If you would like to join this walk then please fill out the form below and press the Submit button.

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