Led by me, with Barry and Gordon. Weather dry but grey - some mud underfoot. Views a bit hazy. 8.7 miles.
We parked at Foxton Locks long-stay car park, and began our walk by following the path to the Locks, this time visiting the inclined plane on the way down.
|The grey shape is a heron making its getaway.|
|Info about the boat lift|
"An effective means of transport from all centres to the sea" Richard Baldwin
Grid reference SP 896693
Height above sea-level 125m/410ft
Figures below place names indicate number of locks
on route and travelling time by boat.
|The inclined plane|
|CAUTION - do not climb on this boat.|
From the bottom lock we crossed over Bridge 62, and walked along the tow-path as far as the footbridge. We turned east towards Gumley and followed the same route as here, all the way to Saddington.
There were wide, though hazy views today - hence no landscape photos. When we reached Saddington, we turned left along Main Street past the pub, and turned left into the Riding School, just before the church.
We joined a track/driveway and followed this as far as the Mowsley Road. We crossed and took the footpath opposite. The hedgerow was well-supplied with blackberries. Our path headed south and took us into the valley where we crossed Saddington Brook via a footbridge, and then walked with Mowsley Brook on our right.
A couple of hundred yards or so along, we took a clearly marked footpath uphill to our left, and used a redundant stile as a seat for our snack break, before walking the few extra yards to the Mowsley Road which goes along the top of the ridge. A right turn and a short distance took us to a bridleway on the left of the road.
The path turned almost due south and was clearly way-marked most of the way, though we strayed slightly joining a track which took us up hill to the village of Laughton (pronounced Lawton).
|The view from the bench|
|Time to move, guys!|
Map and details