Marston from Fleckney

Marston from Fleckney

With the lockdown still in force, and being a vulnerable person, I have not been walking as regularly as I would like. I really wanted to do Deb’s Marston Trussell to Lubenham walk but driving to a destination to start a walk is being frowned upon, quite rightly. Deb’s walk includes quite a bit of canal towpath, something else that is frowned upon at the moment. So I set about working out a route that covered most of Deb’s walk that I could do from Fleckney and that avoided the canal as much as possible. This is the result.

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The Walk

This walk is about 15.5 miles long.

A bit long for one of our Sunday walks but I needed to get out. I started from home and headed towards Saddington along the road. Well, pavement actually! Just before the main turning into Saddington itself, I picked up the Leicestershire Round and headed for Gumley. However, I decided to leave the Leicestershire Round just after Smeeton Gorse to go the long way round. There are two reasons for doing this. Firstly, it would lead me to the same place I was heading to. Secondly, I’d never been that way before.

I skirted Gumley Wood and just before reaching Gumley itself I picked up the Leicestershire Round again and headed for the canal. This took me past the rather smelly Sewage Works and I wondered why I hadn’t gone the direct route to the canal instead. But then I wouldn’t have spotted the bluebells in Gumley Wood!

Swiftly over the footbridge onto the towpath and along to Bridge 61. The pub may be closed but the shop isn’t as it has to service the floaters, sorry, boaters. I was now on Deb’s walk so it was past the Foxton Locks Inn and past the car park to pick up the footpath to Main Street and the junction with Gumley Road. I went along Gallow Field Road and then off onto Foxton Road. I should have picked up the footpath at the junction but for some reason I missed it but got back on track before reaching Chapel Farm.

I stuck to this footpath all the way to Lubenham. Well, there was not much chance to do anything else. I did pause for a spell at the top of Mill Hill as it is undeniably a good viewpoint. Down the hill, through the closed play park, and down to The Green and round to the main road, the A304.

I crossed the road and headed down Rushes Lane until I reached the (disused) Railway Bridge. Under the bridge and into the park to the right. This is where I had to start economising on my phone power as it was getting rather low and someone forgot to make sure his backup battery was fully charged! 

After wandering aimlessly across the park I came out onto Marston Road and so turned left and went into Marston Trussell – the start point of Deb’s walk. Straight through the village and past the Hall until I reached a ‘road’ with a sign announcing that it was unsuitable for motor vehicles.

This was Scoborough Road and it led to two small houses this side of Harborough Road and one large one on t’other. To the right of t’other is the next footpath. This one sort of heads northeast and comes out on Bunkers Hill which in turn leads to the canal.

This is where I left Deb’s walk. Where she would have taken you along the towpath, I continued along  Bunkers Hill up to the crossroads where I turned left along Laughton Road. Just after the road forks is a footpath leading diagonally across a field that eventually comes out into Laughton.

After a brief rest and a lovely chat with a lovely local lady I set off once more. I popped into the Laughton Pop-up Shop and purchased some sustenance before heading past the church and on to path I know well that brought me out onto Mowsley Road near Brook Farm. From there it was a straightforward slog through Saddington to home. My dearest met me with liquid refreshment in Saddington and we walked back together. I was, understandably, a little shattered!

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Fleckney to Laughton

Fleckney to Laughton

Sunday, 26th January, 2020

Fleckney > Saddington > Laughton > Gumley > Saddington > Fleckney

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Fleckney to Laughton map

The Walk

Walk Leader: Rita Pearce (and Phil Williams)

This is multiple-choice walk of about 7.5 miles from Fleckney, through Saddington, to Laughton, and back. It’s probably been done a few times but we like it!

Starting from the Scout Hut Car Park, head out of the village towards Saddington. With all the rain and building work it’s probably best to single file along the narrow pavement into Saddington. The safer alternative is to go through the fields along the Leicestershire Round. When you get into Saddington, head past the pub and the church and follow the road to the bottom of the hill.

Here you have the second choice, continue along the road, turning right at the fork, to Brook Farm, or through (muddy) fields and along Mowsley Brook until the path joins another at right angles to it. This second path brings you out onto Mowsley Road where you turn right to get to Brook Farm.

However you get there, there is a bridleway opposite the farm. This track is surprisingly not too muddy (or it wasn’t when we checked it out). The path heads due south and takes you all the way into Laughton bringing you out by St. Mark’s Church. Follow the road past the church up to the fork in the road marked by a grass triangle.

If you ask Rita which way to go from here she will say right. So, turn left and follow Main Street up to the next fork and grass triangle. Keep to the left, the other left Rita, and follow Gumley road to … Gumley.

Well no, another choice looms before getting to Gumley. Just after the war memorial there is a crossroads. Either turn left and go down the steep hill and past Saddington reservoir, or straight on and pick up the Leicestershire Round and go through the (muddy) fields to Saddington.

Once you reach Saddington you can call in the Queen’s Head for a brew or two (I get a discount there), or head back into Fleckney and the choice of our two locals. Here’s hoping you enjoy(ed) the walk. Cheers!

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Arnesby

Arnesby

Sunday, 29th December, 2019

Fleckney > Arnesby > Shearsby > Fleckney

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The Walk

Walk Leader: Janet Earwaker

This walk is about 7 miles long.

Starting from the Scout Hut car park, head north along High Street, past The Old Crown and the Co-op up to the mini-roundabout. Turn left here along Kilby Road until you reach Furnival Close. Turn left into the close and head for a little alleyway ahead and to the left of you. This leads onto a footpath that will take you across a field and onto a fairly decent track heading eastish for quite a while. After this while, a the path curves to the left. Shortly after this you will see a footpath to your left that you could have taken but would be a lot muddier. Immidiately after this point is a not-too-easily-spotted path to your right. Take this path if it’s not too muddy otherwise stay on the track until it comes out onto Fleckney Road where you turn right.

Either way you will find yourself heading towards the cute village of Arnesby. Carefully cross the A5199 and head through the farm in front of you. When you come out into the open turn left and head down St. Peter’s Road toward the church. Follow the road around the church until you see a kind of fork. The left side of the fork is sign-posted as a footpath and it initially leads south and then south-east(ish) to Shearsby.

The footpath exits onto Church Lane and, surprisingly, leads to Saint Peter’s Church. A good spot for elevenses perhaps? Continue past the church to the crossroads where you turn left onto Back Lane. Continue along Back Lane until it meets the A5199. Careful here as there is no footpath. Carefully cross the road onto the grass verge opposite and turn left so that you are heading northwards. Towards the top of the hill you will see a large green gateway to your right. To the right of the gates is a stile that takes you onto The Leicestershire Round. This is horse country so expect to wade through muddy fields!

The Round brings you out onto Fleckney Road again where you turn right and head along the road to the junction with Arnesby Road. Here you have another choice: Go straight on through the gate in front of you and continue along The Leicestershire Round, or turn left and head back into Fleckney along Arnesby Road.

The footpath will take you towards Fleckney until a cross-path that gives you another choice. Carry straight on until you reach the main road and pavement-pound to the pub, or turn left along the path that leads behind Lodge Road, through the recreation park, along a very muddy path, and eventually onto Main Road. Turn right and head for The Golden Shield. If the decision to head down Arnesby Road was made earlier, just keep going till you get to The Shield.

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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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Mowsley

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.

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