Don’t miss Fleckney
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.