Tuesday walk 22nd July, 2014.

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Lunch at Launde AbbeyOn a pleasant July day, Tuesday walkers explored an interesting corner of East Leicestershire from Launde Abbey.  Commencing on the Leicestershire Round and then leaving this through Launde Park Wood which is managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, we gained height and had some lovely views over the surrounding countryside.  In the distance could be seen Eye Brook Reservoir.  Turning northwards our journey joined the Leicestershire Round once more (This is the section in Rutland) before turning back towards Launde.  Leaving the Leicestershire Round once more our route took us past Cottage Farm and Avenue Farm and proceeded nearly to WithcoteWalkers finding their way.

Joining the Leicestershire Round for a third time, our walk continued uphill to a magnificent viewing point where a number of the small hills of East Leicestershire could be seen.  On descending down the hill, we passed over the River Chater and continued onto Launde Abbey.

Walkers enjoyed a lovely lunch which was served to us in a marquee on the lawn at the rear of the abbey overlooking the sunken gardens.  Plants could be purchased at reasonable prices and money dropped into an honesty box.

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