Round 9

17th November 2018

Hallaton to Fleckney (15 miles)

The last and final stage of our 100 mile trip around Leicestershire. We purloined Dollup to take us both to Hallaton where we set off on yet another fantastic walk.

We started pretty late for us at about 9:30 and headed for Cranoe, closely followed by Glooston. We knew we would be too early for the Old Barn to be open so we pressed on to Stonton Wyville, up and over Langton Caudle and down to Thorpe Langton.

We paused there for a bite to eat but, alas, the Baker’s Arms was not yet open. After going around in a circle (strong stuff, those cheese and marmite sandwiches!) we headed for East Langton and the Bell Inn where we met with a local character – Robbin’ Wood.

The next village was Foxton but we decided to forego the Black Horse as Kaos fancied a Scotch Egg from our next port of call which was Bridge 61 at Foxton Locks. Alas, they no longer make their Scotch Eggs so we had to settle for some other fayre before heading to Gumley where we had a delicious bacon butty each at the Bell Inn – and a pint of course!

After forcing ourselves out of the Bell we pointed ourselves towards Saddington and the Queens Head. However, the sun was heading downwards and the sky beginning to darken so we decided to move up a gear and head for home.

The plan was to have a beer in the Old Crown before finishing up in the Golden Shield. Trouble was, the Crown had Plum Porter on tap so we decided our adventure was at an end. We were joined by Poo and Dollup (Ashley and Vickie) and settled down for a night of celebration.

All in all we have had a fantastic adventure, seen some sights, and met with some wonderful characters. It is a journey neither of us will ever forget – and we have the badges to prove WE DID IT!