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Allen Donkin Does ‘The Round’ In 5 Days – By Proxy


Ian, Stuart and Richard Donkin walked ‘The Round’ in 5 consecutive days

while Dad, Allen, did the chauffering



After consultation with Dad and a 21 mile trial walk on part of ‘The Round’ , many lessons were learnt which required a review of the original plans. Sunday June 22nd was chosen for the start of our attempt to complete the Leicestershire round in 5 consecutive days.We are not regular walkers and many of the areas were unknown to us. The following are places and incidents which will be remembered for different reasons.

Day 1  Hallaton to Peatling Magna  (starting at the church)

           Foxton Locks on the Grand Union Canal

           The views from Smeeton Gorse

           The tennis ball we found which came all the way with us

           Ian bitten by a dog ( owner said  ‘only a friendly bite’)

  After being stung, nettled, bitten and sun burnt, it was decided that shorts were not a good idea

Day 2 Peatling Magna toBarwell

          High Cross with its Roman connections

          Fosse Meadow

          At least 50 stiles (that’s how it felt)

         Obstruction between Frolesworth Hill Farm and Claybrook

         Parva road. We had to negotiate a gap in the hedge whilst avoiding a live? wire

 Day 3 Barwell to Markfield

           Sutton Cheney Wharf

           Ambion Wood and Bosworth Battle Field

          Market Bosworth

          Shackerston and the restored old Midland Railway

         Thornton Reservoir

Our pick up was delayed because Dad was caught in a treffic census and heavy rain,which missed Markfield.

Day 4 Markfield to Frisby 0n the Wreake

         John’s Lee Wood (Our old Scout camp)

         Bradgate Park and Old John

         Swithland Reservoir

         Blasting at Mountsorrel Quarry

         Views of the Wreake Valley and its villages

         ‘The Bell’  at Frisby

Day 5  Frisby to Hallaton (would we make the last 24 miles?)

         Borough Hill with fantastic views

         Owston Wood, ankle deep in mud and guarded by 2 sheep’s

         skulls on the gate

        Launde Abbey

        Allexton and the never ending hills

        The sight of Hallaton

The Bewicke  Arms and refreshment had to wait until we had limped to the  church, which had been our starting point 5 long days earlier.  Lasting memories will be the fabulous countryside, numerous pretty villages, friendly natives and some excellent pubs.


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