Morning walk 5.5 miles
It was a beautiful late autumn day as 12 walkers (including 2 visitors) set off from Gumley walking in a northerly direction through the village and passing through the churchyard. We followed part of the Leicestershire round enjoying wonderful views all around from Smeeton hill which is one of the highest points on this route. We made a brief stop in Saddington village where a passer by kindly agreed to take a group photograph.
We took the Mowsley road out of the village (quite a lot of traffic) before bearing left onto a minor road passing by Saddington reservoir continuing to Gumley encountering a steep gradient before entering the perimeter of the village. At this point again lovely views all around, before turning left through a short area of woodland leading into the churchyard, and retracing our steps back to the pub.
Afternoon walk 3.5 miles
Five walkers did the afternoon walk which took us towards Laughton village passing by what appears on the map as a mound and also a mot? The route passes close to Gumley lodge and continues straight ahead before coming to a minor road on which we turned right. This lead us to the outskirts of Laughton. The route back to Gumley was a gated road. Again great views along the way, at one point Leicester could be seen in the distance and the hills of Bradgate park beyond. (about 15 miles away)
All in all a good days walking catering for all abilities.
The Bell at Gumley was excellent value,enjoyed by everyone.
Thanks to David S for organising and leading this the walk and for providing this report.
Thanks are also due to Sarah S for acting as back marker and to our visitor Gail for providing the pictures.