Don’t miss Fleck­ney

Canal Boat - - Letters - JOE GREAVES, via email

I WAS VERY pleased to note you’re vis­it­ing the Le­ices­ter Line in the Cruise Guide this month – I can just see the course of part it from my win­dow as I write, so have a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in it.

Both Ni­chol­sons and Pear­son’s guides have a few er­rors and omis­sions re­gard­ing the route which I thought you might find of in­ter­est.

As a res­i­dent of Fleck­ney, I would like to bring to your at­ten­tion that our vil­lage fa­cil­i­ties are the best on the en­tire route from Braun­ston to South Wigston. Kib­worth also has a good num­ber of shops, but we’re a lot closer to the canal than they are.

If peo­ple moor near Bridge 73, there’s a few min­utes’ walk across the fields on a bri­dle­way to the vil­lage. Turn right at the end and right at the mini round­about and you’re there.

We have two pubs, a butcher, a chemist, a post of­fice, a newsagent, a Co-op store, a cor­ner shop, two garages, a chippy, a Chi­nese take­away, an In­dian res­tau­rant and take­away, two doc­tors’ surg­eries, a den­tist, two hair­dressers and a bar­ber’s.

The Golden Shield pub is never men­tioned in any book, mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle or guide, but as a free­house with six real ales on tap and good food, it’s the vil­lage pub of choice for many res­i­dents.

Slightly fur­ther afield, the Queen’s Head pub at Sadding­ton now has a small farm shop open 10am-2pm most week­days.

The Le­ices­ter Line can be rather a bar­ren place when it comes to re­stock­ing the boat or its oc­cu­pants, so I hope these de­tails are use­ful.

All we need now is some en­light­ened soul to build a ma­rina near Bridge 73 ( I know just the field) and we’ll re­ally be in busi­ness! Many thanks for that Joe – and we’ve in­cluded the Golden Shield in our list of ten pubs on the Le­ices­ter Line.

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