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.

marston from fleckney map

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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Laughton

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Mowsley 2

Thursday, 13th June, 2019

Mowsley

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The Walk

Walk Leader: Dave Bromley

The weather was unkind to us most of the week but this Thursday evening turned out to be a cracker. Yes, the fields were wet and there was a lot of mud in places but the five of us that braved it had a fantastic walk.

The Staff of Life car park in Mowsley is not very big but, if you’re lucky, you can squeeze in. From the pub, turn left on the main road and head north to the corner just after the church. On the corner is a footpath, on the left-hand side, that will take you down to a hidden stream. This area can get flooded after a good downpour so some deviation from the path may be necessary.

Climb up the bank after the stream and head to the right of the metal gate. Keep the hedge on your left as you continue along the footpath through two fields. There are stiles in the corner of each.

As you descend through yet another field you will see an inverted ‘V’ in the hedge in front of you. This is where the next stile is – but, Dave being Dave, that is not where you need to go! Diagonally to your right you will see a gate and some old buildings (Lodge Farm). Head for the gate – keeping an eye out for bulls and foxes! Tread carefully past these old buildings, as they don’t appear to very safe, and continue along the track until you reach Saddington Road.

Turn left onto the road and continue past Valley View Farm, round the corner, and turn onto the bridle path on your right opposite Brook Farm. This path takes you south all the into Laughton, a small but pretty village – watch out for cats!

Turn right onto Main Street, just after triangle of grass in the centre of the road. Continue along Main Street until you spot a red telephone box on the left then take the “No Through Road” to the right. This road terminates just after St. Luke’s Church where you will see signs to footpaths left and right. Turn left and head through the small wooden gate to the right of the house and  continue westwards until you get back into Mowsley – keep an eye out where the track appears to go off to the right but the footpath you want is more or less straight in front. Once back in Mowsley, enjoy some refreshments at the Staff of Life.

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Laughton

Sunday, 16th June, 2019

Laughton > Lubenham > Foxton

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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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