Cindy’s fundraising for LOROS walk on the West Highland Way

July 20, 2014 by

On a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon Cindy’s fund raising event was well supported.  In her well maintained garden we sat and enjoyed a musical adventure by the Magna Music Band on a specially constructed band stand.  Tea was enjoyed in the garden. Our hostess had organised a varied afternoon for supporters with a raffle, book stall etc.

Magna Music Band

???????????????????????????????Cindy dressed in her LOROS top thanked us all for supporting her fund raising event.  Good wishes are sent to her for the walk she will be undertaking later this year.  We hope good weather will accompany her on the walk and she will enjoy the wonderful scenery which Scotland will provide.





Saturday walk from Wyville, Lincolnshire borders

July 14, 2014 by

Eleven members supported a most enjoyable walk from Wyville, Lincolnshire.  There was an abundance of wild flowers as we followed a valley leading towards Stoke Rochford Park.  Later, on “The Drift” which is part of the Viking Way, has been planted with wild flowers by English Nature.  The following flowers were observed, wild geraniums, field scabious, wild mignonette, bugle, teasles and rose bay willow herb.Stoke Rochford Hall

Walkers had an excellent view of Stoke Rochford Hall and were amazed by the number of chimneys.  Opposite the hall is an obelisk dedicated to Sir Isaac Newton, who was born in the nearby village of Woolsthorpe.  We walked out of the park to the village post office.  Then joined a footpath which led us to the church which we found full of interesting material.


The walk continued to Skillington where we stopped on the village green for lunch.  The village has no shop but there are still two public houses open.  Following a visit to St. James Church we continued through field paths to Saltby aerodrome where gliders fly from and we actually saw one take off.  We then followed the Viking way and used a permissive footpath to take us to the village of Hungarton and then walked down the road to Wyville having completed eleven miles on a very humid day.




Change of venue for Thursday July 10th

July 4, 2014 by
Meet at Foxton Locks Top Carpark for 10.00am start on Thursday 10th July. There is a £1.50 charge for the car park and the toilets should be open. The walk will be coming back via the Foxton Locks Inn with the final stage being a short walk from the Inn up the flight of locks and back to the top car park. For those staying for lunch this final stage will be after lunch.
Jim has booked the Foxton Locks Inn for us for lunch at 12.45/1.00. They have reserved a table for us which will be on the terrace if the weather is good. There is plenty of choice on the menu at reasonable prices and there is no need to pre-order. However, Jim does need to telephone Charlotte at 11.30 to let her know final numbers. Jim would be grateful if people could remind him to do this.

Astley Castle walk 28th June, 2014

June 29, 2014 by

Saturday walkers enjoyed a day walk in the Warwickshire countryside. The sky was overcast with wet underfoot conditions but fortunately we escaped rain. Leaving Ansley village, we arrived at the Castle by 11.00am.  The Landmark Trust acquired the property and from 2008 started repairing it and is now available to rent for a holiday. Free entry to the Castle allowed us to inspect the renovation and found the work completed to be of a high standard. The Castle sleeps up to eight people.

Approach to Castle

Approach to Castle


The walk then continued to Old Arley village where lunch was taken at St. Wilfrid’s church.  The barn adjacent to the church was open for refreshments.  The walk continued through Old Arley wood and thereafter through arable fields with crossing points marked by kissing gates.  Certain sections of the walk were very overgrown with vegetation.

Saturday walkers at the entrance to the Castle

Saturday walkers at the entrance to the Castle

Coast to Coast – ‘A road movie, on foot.’

June 25, 2014 by

‘A road movie. On foot.’ In this new British comedy, four old school mates set out to complete an epic Coast to Coast Walk across Northern England. Quickly remembering why they haven’t met up in over two decades and contending with rain, wind and unrequited lust with local women, the friends’ journey becomes a trip straight into mid-life crises. With a superb homegrown cast including Karl Theobald (TV’s 2012) and Richard Lumsden (Sightseers) it’s poignant and very funny stuff.


Watch the trailer on Youtube at

Or watch the whole film at the Phenix

Downhill – Coast to Coast – Film

John and I are planning to see this Movie next week at the Phoenix at the 4.00 p.m. showing on Monday 30th June 2014.

“Four old school friends reunite to attempt the epic coast to coast walk, across the United Kingdom. As their journey unfolds, this comically incompatible foursome walk full tilt into their mid-life crises.”
Click on Link to see more details of the movie

The Movie is on at the Phoenix in Leicester. Click on link for details of cinema and ticket prices etc.

The Plan is to meet at the Wetherspoon Pub (The Last Planagenet) on 107 Granby Street any time after 1.00 p.m. for drinks and meal (optional) and then we would walk down approx. 3.30 p.m. for the film.

Click on Link for Pub details:

Would you like to join us? Just turn up at the Pub or at the Cinema.



West Highland Way for LOROS

June 21, 2014 by
Part of the West Highland Way

Part of the West Highland Way

Cindy West will be taking up the challenge of walking 96 miles in 6 days along the West Highland way to raise funds for LOROS. The walk includes the challenge of some of the highest terrain in the UK, walking over moors, through dense woodland, over rolling hills and up into the high mountainous region of the Scottish Highlands. She has promised to raise £750 for the hospice and as part of the fundraising she is inviting you to “tea in her Garden” on 20th July where there you will be entertained by a local community band, take a chance in the raffle and peruse the table top / book sale as well as spending time in the not so perfect, garden still in the making..  Tickets can be purchased from Cindy via email or phone. Many thanks to those of you who have supported her walk before from Coast to Coast and to those able and willing to do so again.

Regards to all,

Cindy West.

tea in garden

Rainbows – Walk for Life

June 16, 2014 by

We reproduce below a letter received from the Rainbows Hospice for children and young people


I would like to invite you to join us for this year’s Walk of Life – 20th Birthday Celebration! The walk this year is on Sunday 29 June and starts at our new venueWatermead Country Park in Syston. We have changed the venue and the route so the shorter routes, of one and three miles, are around the very beautiful Watermead Country Park and are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The 10 mile route will meander down the Grand Union Canal, around the equally beautiful Abbey Park and back again, please see overleaf for details.

To complement the lovely new walks we will have traditional funfair rides and family fun entertainment at Watermead. Each child will be given an activity pack to keep them entertained and all participants will receive a medal when they complete their walk, so come and join us, bring a picnic and make a day of it!

This is a birthday celebration so there will be party hats and balloons galore to celebrate our 20th Birthday, and we want everyone to join in. If you would like to dress up for the day the theme is “Colours of the Rainbow” so be as bright and creative as you can (This is optional!).

Over the last 20 years, we have helped hundreds of East Midlands’ children, young people and their families, through the toughest days of their lives. With your help we can be there for even more terminally ill children, young people and their families in the future.

Right now we are caring for 288 children and young people, that’s more than ever before. In addition we are supporting 249 bereaved families and 521 siblings. Also, through our outreach efforts into East Midlands’ paediatric oncology units, we are caring for a growing number of our region’s children with cancer. But we want to do more and that’s where you come in.

We want this year’s Walk of Life to be our best ever! Our target for our 20th Birthday year is to raise an extra £100,000, which will help us fund more children’s nurses. Book your place and help the terminally ill and life-limited children in our care.

Enclosed you will find a registration form – please copy the form and help spread the word by encouraging friends, family or colleagues to join you. If you would like a poster to display in a prominent place please call 0800 952 1133 to request one. To register (£5 for adults and £3 for children 14 years or younger) please complete the enclosed form and send it to the address below with a cheque made payable to Rainbows Hospice. You can also register online at or call 0800 952 1133 to register over the phone.

Kind Regard

Victoria Brunt

Events Co-ordinator


Change to walk on June 12th

June 5, 2014 by

The walk on Thursday June 12th will now start from The Wentworth Arms, Elmsthorpe, NOT the Pitsford Reservoir.

Meeting point for walk on Saturday, 31st May, 2014

May 27, 2014 by
Coombe Abbey on this walk

Coombe Abbey on this walk

The walk is from Brinklow, Warwickshire and is just under ten miles. We will meet in the village car park which is next to the recreation ground.  Approaching from Leicester, pass the church on your left and then the Raven public house also on your left.  Immediately past the Raven take a right turn down a narrow lane to the recreation ground.  The parking is free.

The walk is on well defined public rights of way and we will walk part of the Centenary way incorporating Coombe Abbey grounds.  There is also a stretch of the Oxford Canal.  There are only a few stiles and no hills on what is quite an easy walk.

Footpath closures around Swinford

May 25, 2014 by


Perhaps not an area that we walk regularly, Catthorpe and Swinford are just in Leicestershire but dominated by the massive interchange of the M1, M6 and A14. If you have driven here recently you will be aware that the Highways Agency is spending £191M of our money to speed up the traffic. There is an additional cost or is it benefit. Since the A14 opened there have been two footpaths linking Catthorpe and Swinford that crossed the road on the level. Kamikaze members are too late to explore these paths as they are now closed and will not reopen on completion of the works.

Should you wish to walk in this area during the works then Leicestershire County Council has kindly supplied the attached map.

M1-M6-A14 Temporary Closures Plan



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