A Middle England Ramble
The walk started a little late from the Jubilee Park, Leire, owing to an unexpected influx of 29 walkers (Editor comment: clearly popular walk leaders) and the need to phone in the food order to The Countryman pub at Sharnford, allowing them time to buy-in more supplies!
Five walkers took a different road route to the pub, because of injury recovery, (labelled by Terry 'the splinter group') while the remaining 24 set off across the mainly dry fields to eventually meet up with the Leicestershire Round footpath. Continuing then via Claybrooke Magna and Claybrooke Parva, enjoying pleasant views in some welcome sunshine.
After a welcome coffee we continued to follow the easy path across open fields to High Cross, said to be the centre of England, where the Roman roads Watling Street and Fosse Way meet. From there it was a pleasant walk along the broad grassy path of the Fosse Way, to Fosse Meadow and Sharnford.
After a good value lunch with friendly service at The Countryman pub, the walkers retraced their steps towards Fosse Meadow where they left the Leicestershire Round to follow a well defined path across dry, sandy soil fields where last week's deluge seemed to have had no impact. Heading into Frolesworth, they followed the road back to Leire, stopping to admire the attractive almshouses and cutting the walk slightly short as legs were getting weary and the car park at Jubilee Park was beckoning. Distance approximately 10 miles.