St. Nicholas Church at Mowsley - also dating back to the 13th century.

Marston to Lubenham

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Marston Trussell to Lubenham

Sunday, 22nd March, 2020

Marston Trussell > Foxton Locks > Lubenham > Marston Trussell

Map

Map of Marston Trussell walk

Elevation

Elevation profile of Marston to Lubenham walk

The Walk

Walk Leader: Deborah Martin

This walk is about 7.5 miles long.

Park near St. Nicholas’ Church in Marston Trussell – there is a bit of a car park there but bear in mind that Holy Communion will be held at the Church at 9:30am.

Head into and through the village along Main Street, past The Sun Inn on to Theddingworth Road, past the Hall and continue until you reach Scoborough Road on your right. Follow Scoborough Road, over the new bridge, until you reach the main, A4304, road. Take the footpath opposite by crossing the road with care.

This footpath takes you over (or under?) the dismantled railway and onto Bunker’s Hill. This, almost straight, roadway takes you to a bridge over the canal. This is Bridge 56 (no beer here!). Leave the road and join the towpath – after the obligatory viewing of the canal in both directions from the bridge!

If you don’t get to Bridge 57 (///atomic.shimmered.foresight) within a few minutes, you’ve gone the wrong way! Hang on. Atomic.shimmered.foresight? Explain!?!

There is an app you can get for your mobile phone called What3words. It will pinpoint your location within a 3 metre square simply by using three words. Many police forces and ambulance services are already using the system. As are the RNLI and other rescue services. It removes the possibility of getting latitude and longitude figures wrong when you are trying to explain your position should anything untoward happen and you need rescuing. For instance, if you put in “tortoises.zones.probable” you will get the Scout Hut Car Park!!

Back to the plot … or at least the footpath. You should now be heading past Lubenham Lodge, and under Bridge 58 (///impulsive.blazing.panting). The canal then curves to the left before Bridge 59 and the longish stretch before the famous flight of locks at Foxton. Perhaps Bridge 61 would be a nice place to stop for a coffee – they do an excellent bacon cob!

The walk now goes past, yes past, The Foxton Lock Inn and along the road by the Lower Car Park. Take the footpath at the end of the car park that will take you towards Foxton. The path will bring you out onto Main Road where you turn right, away from Foxton, and then turn left onto Gallow Field Road. Head along Gallow Field Road until the junction with Foxton Road. Here you will see a footpath sign in opposite you on the junction.

It’s over fields now as you head towards the prison and then sharply away from it. More fields and generally downhill with lots of places to get mislaid until dropping down into Lubenham at The Green. Turn left and head to the junction, carefully cross the road to The Coach and Horses opposite. Here, the ales, beers, and coffees at the pub will refresh your tired bodies.

After a cup/mug or two, or the landlord dismisseth us, it’s left out of the pub and left again onto Rushes Lane. Keep to this lane heading south past the church and then over one bridge and under another. Pick up the footpath heading southwest for a “short amble” across more fields until reaching Marston Road. Bear left and the road turns into Lubenham Road and leads you back into Marston Trussell – hopefully without falling into the river Welland!

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Marston Trussell

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Laughton

Sunday, 16th June, 2019

Laughton > Lubenham > Foxton

Map and Elevation

Laughton map and profile

The Walk

Walk Leader: Phil Williams

Many thanks to Vickie and Rita who both helped me recce this walk. Together we managed to iron out a few errors on my part!

The start point for this walk is just outside Laughton along the unnamed road to the south of the village that leads towards Laughton Road. The road  here is rather narrow but there is plenty of room to park on the grass verge – just about where the tractor is in this picture.

Laughton walk start point

If you look closely, you can see the sign for the footpath on the right. This path leads west to the outskirts of the village and meets the road. Turn left and then left again onto another footpath. When the path forks head along the left one down to Laughton Road. Follow Laughton road as far as Bankers Hill Farm, cross Bankers Hill and descend to the canal by the bridge.

Follow the canal until you get to the bridge at Gumley Road, and turn onto the footpath to the immediate right. Continue on this path down towards Lubenham, crossing Foxton Road along the way.

Just before the path leads into Lubenham take a sharp left and head northish all the way to Foxton – via some undulations!

With luck, you’ll find yourself on Swingbridge Street. If so, turn right and head for the canal once more and follow it to Bridge 61 as by now it will be refreshment time!

Once refreshed, head towards the famous 10 Foxton Locks but turn right at the bridge and follow the footpath from there westward and cross Foxton Road. Keep in the same direction until you meet up with another road and turn left anad follow it until you find a footpath to the right.

For the last leg of this walk, take the gate to the left of the farm road and continue west through the fields past Gumley Lodge until you get back to start point.

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The Pictures

Click on the image for the full map. Co-ordinates are 52.495361, -1.02569