December 2, 2013
Leicestershire Footpath Association has recently joined The Walking Partnership. This new partnership, supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, provides direct financial contributions to local walking groups to help with organising group walks, encouraging people to get out walking, helping to clear and improve footpaths, providing equipment to help walkers etc. Over the past 65 years, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays has given many millions of pounds to assist walking charities and conservation projects in Britain and the countries they visit on their worldwide holidays. Now our group can benefit directly.
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays operate group walking holidays in the UK and all around the world. Each holiday is accompanied by a qualified walks leader, so you can leave all the organising to them and just enjoy meeting like minded people and of course, some fantastic walking. Holidays are graded in terms of difficulty, and there is a full range from sightseeing right up to hut-to-hut mountain treks. Take a look at their website on www.ramblersholidays.co.uk or give them a call on 01707 331133 for more details or to order a brochure.
Remember when you book to quote the name of our group, and we will then receive a contribution of £10 per person on UK holidays, £20 per person on short haul holidays, and £30 per person on long haul holidays. This extra funding could really make a difference to us!
For more details, visit The Walking Partnership website at www.thewalkingpartnership.org.uk.
November 29, 2013
The great thing, or sometimes frustrating thing, about the web is the ability to find almost anything you want or need to know. How often do you end up on some interesting page having forgot how and what got you there.
We now have a few links to other useful sites at http://leicestershirefootpaths.wordpress.com/links/ please take a look.
You are also invited to submit links to sites which you have found useful for the wider membership.
Please forward walking related links to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the reply box below.
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November 27, 2013
I did eventually manage to complete my set of all 204 sheets of the 1:50,000 Landranger Ordnance Survey maps but decided that a paper set of the superior Explorer maps was out of the question.
I recently purchased the whole country at 1:50,000 for the computer at around £100 but again expected that purchase of the whole country at 1:25,000 would be out of range.
I don’t usually use the site for advertising but as maps are an essential requirement for our walking I thought you might be interested in this information. You can now purchase the whole country for your computer, smart phone or GPS device for £300.00 see http://shop.memory-map.co.uk/acatalog/info_MME_SE_GB_14.html
November 23, 2013
In 2002 Ordnance Survey geographically pinpointed the centre of England.
In June 2013 a plaque was attached to an up-turned railway sleeper to mark the position although an arrow indicates the centre is 150 metres to the East. Rearsby walking group and a few members of the Leicestershire Footpath Association became the first group of walkers to visit the site.
Permissive access at present has to be arranged with the owner of Lindley Hall Farm, near Fenny Drayton. It is hoped negotiations can take place in 2014 for access to be improved, perhaps by linking two dead end footpaths.
November 14, 2013
Get to know the new Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood
The next walks are on: -
Sunday 17th November & Sunday 15th December
The event is free and all are welcome. Just turn up at the car park with appropriate footwear and clothing and join in. Well behaved dogs are welcome on leads. All of the walks are scheduled to last between 60 and 90 minutes (although you can choose to keep on walking!).
Start from the new car park between Heather and Normanton at 10.30am
More details at the website: -
Where you can also view the Friends latest newsletter
October 28, 2013
Navigational skills were required by Saturday walk Leader Bob on his walk from Knossington.Walking bridleway E191 towards Braunstone a road closed sign was encountered.
The leader did a “U” turn and managed to retrieve the situation before arriving in Braunstone village where proper notices had been erected and an alternative route described.
15 members enjoyed a memorable walk across plenty of pasture land. A stiff breeze with an overcast sky and two brief appearances of the sun.
October 23, 2013
Wednesdays walk from the “Red Lion” at Sibbertoft led by Martin revealed a present surprise in that a permissive path to part of the Naseby battlefield was located. When walking along the road from Sibbertoft to Naseby, a footpath leaves the road on a sharp left hand bend following a farm track. At Grid Reference SP676821 the footpath leaves the track. If you continue along the farm track the permissive way is marked by white posts.
In about half a mile you arrive at the place where the Royalist Army led by Prince Rupert was lined up to fight the Cromwell model army. A few information boards can be viewed on a raised platform in a diamond shape with benches and a picnic table.
For more information about the battle visit the website www.naseby.com A battlefield trail guide can be downloaded.
Brian Jenkinson, (Hon. Sec. LFA)
October 20, 2013
Hope you enjoy this 2nd video. Neil
October 19, 2013
Not another Richard III story but another battle won.
Several years ago, the Leicestershire Footpath Association queried the correct route of the Leicestershire Round using bridleway T69 around the Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre. The Definitive line was blocked by locked gates although an alternative waymarked path was available close by.
We are delighted to hear that the correct route is now open, available and waymarked. The picture shows the new bridleway gates and field gates at the start of the section to Sutton Cheney.
The new bridleway gates and field gates at the start of the section to Sutton Cheney.
Although only a minor deviation from the definitive line we are disappointed to hear that the opening up required some extended negotiations with management at the Battlefield Centre because the site is managed by none other than Leicestershire County Council.
A good result for walkers, riders and the Rights of Way staff including the newly appointed inspector for that area, our old friend Andrew Poole.
October 9, 2013
A new seat on the Leicestershire Round at Punch Bowl Covert near Little Dalby was welcomed by a group of LFA members and friends recently. The seat has been donated by Jim Mason who was present to witness the celebration. Installed on the Little Dalby Estate of the Ernest Cook Trust land we are indebted to their support and consent for the installation.
Cutting the ribbon
The seat offers a good view north over Little Dalby and on towards Waltham mast. In the lee of a steep clay bank which was difficult to climb in wet weather, this was much improved when Leicestershire County Council constructed steps and the seat offers a chance to rest before heading up towards Somerby.
Jim Mason did much of the initial work of stiles, bridges and waymarking of the Leicestershire Round and will happily tell tales of the task which involved tracking down landowners to agree work and access. He would then load up his small car with materials before driving over fields to reach a long forgotten boundary crossing. Occasionally it went wrong and the car got stuck!
The pictures below offer a flavour of the celebration.
Jim on his seat
Before the steps and seat
The welcome steps
Eric the clown
A helping hand
There are two other seats on the Leicestershire Round, both were installed by Jim. They are at Fearn Farm Hallaton and Smeeton Hill between Gumley and Saddington. We would like to install more. If you can help please contact the secretary.