SUNDAY 24TH MAY 2020 – THE RISING SUN, SHACKERSTONE
09:30-11:15 – Starting Point and first leg
11:15-12:00 – Coffee Stop
12:00-12:30 – Second leg
15:15-16:45 – Finish point
10:30-13:00 – Rising Sun Shackerstone to Thornton
13:00-13:45 – Coffee/lunch Stop on a park bench near Thornton Reservoir
13:45-17:15 – Thornton to Shackerstone
17:15-18:00 – Salivating outside The Rising Sun, Shackerstone before setting off to pick up a take-away on the way home.
Today’s walk will start and finish at the Rising Sun, Shackerstone. The total length is approximately 13.8 miles and I’ll be ticking off another 6.5 miles of the Leicestershire Round. After leaving Shackerstone, along the Ashby Canal towpath for a few yards, the route turns right and joins up with the Ivanhoe Way leisure route for a while. Mostly fields and farm tracks we’ll meander our way through Odstone, Nailstone and Bagworth. After Bagworth, the route leaves the Ivanhoe Way in favour of The National Forest way until we get to our coffee/lunch stop at Thornton Reservoir.
After our coffee/lunch break, we’ll back track along the Round for a short stretch and then head South West through Barlestone and Barton in the Beans on the way back to Shackerstone. It’s worth point out that although the Red Lion is closed as a pub, it is still doing some take away food including pizzas on some evenings and Sunday lunches on Sunday afternoon. I may well opt to take a Sunday dinner away with me to enjoy at home; if I do, I will let you know how good it was when I get around to writing up my route in a day or so afterwards. Once again, unfortunately I can’t invite you to join me on the route, but if you happen to follow me around, I won’t stop you (subject to sensible social distancing of course).