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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All of the pictures below were taken from the above 15.5 mile walk. They were all taken in the direction of the walk, i.e. not looking behind me.

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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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Lubenham

Thursday, 20th June, 2019

Lubenham

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The Walk

Walk Leader: Dave Bromley

From the Coach and Horses turn right onto Harborough Road and then right again onto Old Hall Lane. Follow the lane round the corner and take the path on the left just after some farm buildings.

This path crosses Farndon Road and then diagonally across the field – if you’re lucky! If the crop is growing well you may have to skirt around the field, in which case you may have to hunt for the well-hidden exit path. It is there, a little bridge affair.

Once through the hedge it is a gentle incline along the edge of another field. It is well worth turning around along here to witness the view behind you. Head for the right-hand corner of the field where there is a gate and a footpath leading west. Follow this path around until you find yourself on Marston Trussell Road.

This road is straight and narrow. Follow it, for 670 yards, until you reach a bridge over a stream. Immediately after the bridge is another hidden footpath to the right. This path leads diagonally across the field, over a footbridge, past Marston Trussell church, and onto Lubenham Road.

Turn right onto the road and follow it for about 700 yards (past the Leicestershire sign) until you reach a gap in the hedge, a stile, and a footpath taking you past Thorpe Lubenham Hall in the distance. This path my be a little indistinct but you need to head northeast until you reach a gate leading onto Farndon Road. Turn left and head for the pub!

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