The daffodils lining the brook next to St Mary’s church were a welcome sign of spring as we set off in glorious sunshine with 22 walkers.
Passing through a small farm on the edge of Broughton Astley, we met the lady farmer about to turn out her 'handbag' lambs - her treat after they were sold. We enjoyed wide views as we walked across open farmland towards the old settlement of Primethorpe, then headed south towards Frolesworth, taking a welcome break for coffee near Lodge Farm, famous for its free range turkeys.
Thanks go to two fellow walkers from Coventry (who we had met while on a recce) for reporting the overgrown footpath leading into Frolesworth and to Leicestershire County Council for clearing it. At Frolesworth, we joined the Leicestershire Round along the Leire Road, stopping to admire the Georgian almshouses, before setting off across field again to the leafy village of Leire. Here we passed the intriguingly named Crab and Cow restaurant on our way to the disused railway bridge, once part of the Leicester – Rugby line, and picked up the footpath again on Broughton Lane. From Leire, it was an easy, level walk on grassy paths to Broughton Astley and an excellent value lunch at The White Horse pub.
We had encountered only patches of mud along the way which made for very pleasant, trouble-free walking in perfect weather. Distance 6 miles.