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|Foxton and Lubenham Fields|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 13 Aug 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Leicestershire, Market Harborough|
|A 5 mile circular walk through rural Leicestershire, near Market Harborough, taking in the arable fields and pastures and finishing along a short section of the Grand Union Canal. |
The walk is relatively flat and follows field paths in the main, which will be very muddy after wet weather. The crop fields can become a bit more challenging to cross close to harvest time and the pastures will be holding cattle and sheep so take care with dogs. There are several kissing gates and 13 stiles (all of which have open fencing or adjacent lifting gates for dogs but some are quite high for the humans!). Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
The walk starts from the village of Foxton at the junction of Main Street and Swingbridge Street alongside the church. There is parking available in the layby here (opposite the Black Horse) for about eight cars, otherwise park on the village roads with care for residents. If you want lunch before or after your walk, The Black Horse also has its own car park. Approximate post code LE16 7RD.
|Start to Gallowfield Road|
Start point: 52.5018 lat, -0.9714 long
From Main Street in Foxton, turn into Swingbridge Street with the church on your right. Follow this narrow tarmac lane heading downhill and, just before you reach the swingbridge, turn right through a staggered metal barrier onto a tarmac footpath signed towards the school.
|Gallowfield Road to Access Lane|
Start point: 52.4986 lat, -0.9693 long
Cross over the road, with care, diagonally left and pass through the metal kissing gate opposite into a crop field. Follow a fairly obvious path heading slightly left across the centre of the crop field heading towards the tall trees on the opposite side.
|Access Lane to Playing Fields|
Start point: 52.4916 lat, -0.9689 long
Cross over the access lane and go straight ahead through the small metal gate signed as the Footpath to Lubenham. Follow the fenced grass footpath and part way down use the sleepers to cross to the right hand side of the hedgeline and turn immediately left over a stile into the next field.
|Playing Fields to Copse Pond|
Start point: 52.4812 lat, -0.9628 long
Leave the playing fields at the far right hand corner and go down the narrow tarmac path to emerge out through gates onto the village road called The Green. Turn left along the road and keep left on this lane passing The Old Vicarage on the left. The Old Vicarage dates from the 17th Century.
|Copse Pond to Motorbike Course|
Start point: 52.4865 lat, -0.951 long
Continue on the footpath beyond the pond and under a very large oak tree and then keep right to follow the field edge path with the hedgeline on your right.
|Motorbike Course to Canal|
Start point: 52.4919 lat, -0.9485 long
Turn left here and follow the path through the crop field. At the end of the first field you’ll emerge onto an old concrete track which is the remains of a runway of a World War II airfield. You’ll also see a yellow marker post confirming your route. Cross the track and go ahead across the next field with the prison buildings now directly ahead. Keep ahead over a wide grass verge to reach a T-junction with a concrete lane immediately in front on the prison fence.
|Canal to End|
Start point: 52.5008 lat, -0.9595 long
Cross over the narrow footbridge across the canal and then turn left onto the towpath. Follow the towpath with the canal running on your left.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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