Wed, 2013 Jul 10 9:36 AM British Summer Time
With Marta. Fine, cloudy, pleasant. Dry underfoot. A couple of dry ploughed fields - hard work. Rolling. 663 ft of climbing. just over 8 miles.
We walk briefly along the Withcote Road from Launde Abbey, before taking the signposted footpath off to the right, behind the chapel and the gardens. It leads uphill, through fields with sheep, to the corner of Launde Park Wood. Here the path should cut downhill diagonally across a field, but the way is impassable, so we stick to the field edges.
|Some rapeseed or similar is still blooming here - at least it brightens the grey day|
The path continues east, crossing the river Chater, and turning into a wider track, and heads south to a ridge with a fine view.
We are overtaken by a horse-rider up here. The map shows a trig point just off to our right (west), but we can't find it. Instead we take an early break and admire the view over to Eyebrook reservoir in the distance.
We follow the hedge for a while then the path goes towards the bottom left corner of the field. We keep the hedge on our left until we reach the road near Brickle Farm. A lot of free range hens are in a field nearby. The road takes us into Belton.
We walk through the village and down to the A47, which we cross to reach the Allexton Road. We cross the bridge over the Eye Brook, and follow the Main Street, past the church, which is now redundant and looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust.
It's open and worth looking inside.
We carry on along the No Through Road, to the footpath past Manor Farm. This leads behind Allexton Hall, which lies to our right. we can't easily follow the line of the path here, and again walk up beside a hedge until we meet the waymarker. The fields here have been ploughed, and are very dry. It's almost like walking on concrete chunks.
|Not my favourite walking surface.|
We walk down then up to Fearn Farm with its Zollgrenze sign - Leics-Rutland border??
We turn left to pass the farm, and then right on to the footpath
- it's marked clearly from here to the dismantled railway - we cross by the overgown bridge and then follow the good clear path through the fields. We come out at the junction of Allexton Road and East Norton Road and walk into Hallaton past the Fox pub and duck pond.
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