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Sunday 23rd Feb,  Stamford Town, Lincs.  The walk will start from the main Burghley House car park and will go through the park, joining the old Roman Road, Ermine Street, for a couple of miles, returning largely via a gravel path. Fine views are likely of Burghley House, the three day event course and park. Distance about 7 miles though we can use a short cut, reducing it to about 5 miles. There will be some muddy fields and a limited number of styles, but we should avoid floods as we shall be on higher ground. In the event of strong winds, the car park may be closed, but we shall find an alternative.


Sunday 1st March, The canal, Abbey Park and Historical Leicester. The walk starts from the Space Centre, Exploration Way in Leicester with car parking there for £3 all day. We shall walk down a track beside the river to Abbey Park, and through to St Margaret’s Church, and then do an historical walk through the old parts of Leicester to return back through the park. It will take in Leicester both very old and cutting edge new. There will be an opportunity for any members to call in to the Wetherspoon’s pub on High Street, if desired, for a refreshment stop.


Sunday 15th March, Crackley and Warwick University, HS2 Walk. Parking (free) in Crackley Lane at the edge of Crackley Wood Nature Reserve. A very varied and interesting walk involving woods, country lanes and paths, and that provides an opportunity to see, at first hand, the impact of HS2 on the countryside. No ploughed fields but some paths are muddy from contractors working nearby. The walk passes the protestors’ camp site and the police surveillance site. It also passes through nature reserves under threat from HS2, where, currently, the evidence is only preparation work, but the walk highlights the potential devastation the installation may cause. The route also goes through the Warwick University campus, which provides a contrast with the under-threat natural  countryside


Sunday 19th April , Napton-on-the-Hill and Lower Shuckburgh. Recommended route from  Lutterworth: drive through Rugby and on straight through Dunchurch on the A426 towards Southam.. Continue on this road (ignore the first sign left to Napton), along the long straight and over the (canal) hump-back bridge. At the next cross-road turn left to Stockton and Napton. Continue through Stockton and on to the junction with the A425 (Southam - Daventry road). Do not cross this road to enter Napton. Instead, turn right (west toward Southam). Continue through the 30 mile/h speed limit. Immediately after leaving the speed limit, and before crossing the canal bridge, turn left into entrance (signposted “Industrial Estate”, which does not exist) and park.

The walk begins by climbing a small hill into Napton. After walking through Napton we climb a hill on to a ridge. After walking along the ridge, we descend a hill, affording views over adjoining countryside, down into Lower Shuckburgh. From there we cross fields to reach the canal, which we follow back to the bridge on the A425 and thence to our parked cars.


Sunday tba,  Watermead Park. The walk will be approx. 6 miles on good footpaths / tracks. No stiles involved. Parking is at the car park adjacent to the A46, between the villages of Syston and Wanlip. The country park’s main entrance can be accessed from Wanlip Road, Syston, near to the Hope and Anchor pub (LE7 1PD). Parking is £2.50.


Sunday  tba, Hoby, Nr. Melton Mowbray. The walk starts from Hoby at around 10.30 and goes through Frisby (ice cream available) and then Gaddesby before returning to Hoby via Brooksby. This is a pretty walk through the rolling countryside around Melton Mowbray.  We wander through Viking villages (as indicated by the ‘by’ at the end of their names). We meander over open farmland along beautifully kept footpaths and through a series of different crops. There are fewstiles but many kissing gates. We expect the walk to take around 4 hours and we shall stop for coffee and lunch.


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