Perils of the English countryside

July 29, 2014 by

Most people would be wary of crossing a large snorting bull in a field but, every year, scores of people are injured or even killed by other animals in the English countryside. Read more about this on the BBC site (click here)

Saturday walk from Calke Abbey

July 27, 2014 by

Saturday walkers combined with Loughborough Ramblers on an eleven mile walk from Calke Abbey.  Our route was via Melbourne, King’s Newton, Cloud Trail, Trent and Mersey canal and arriving a Swarkestone for lunch.  We passed by the impressive Swarkestone Pavilion which was built in 1632 at a cost of £111.12s.4d.  The building is Jacabean style with a two-storey centre, castellated parapet flanked by a pair of three-storey towers and leaded cupolas topped by balled finials.

Swarkestone Pavilion???????????????????








In a field adjacent to the Pavilion our attention was drawn to a collapsed wall.  Perhaps the mischievous cows in the photograph displayed, may have been responsible for causing this damage!

Mischievous cows at SwarkestoneOur walk continued forward to Swarkestone church where we stopped for lunch.

At the Harpur Crewe Arms at Swarkestone is a cain commemorating the site furthest south which the Jacobite army reached on the invasion attempt by Charles Edward Stewart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) in 1745.

Our return journey was via Stanton by Bridge, Robin Wood and Ticknell.

Swarkestone church


Monday Evening Walk 21st July

July 26, 2014 by


Reflections On A Summer Evening

Above Saddington Tunnel

Twelve walkers turned out for a glorious summer evening walk from Saddington Church led by Allen and Irene D.  A 41/2 mile circuit towards Smeeton Westerby , Mill Lane,the Saddington Tunnel and the edge of Fleckney found us gasping for refreshment at The Queens Head. All joined in a glass of something in the garden before wandering home – priceless

Allen Donkin Does ‘The Round’ In 5 Days – By Proxy

July 26, 2014 by


        Ian, Stuart and Richard Donkin walked ‘The Round’ in 5 consecutive days

while Dad, Allen, did the chauffering


After consultation with Dad and a 21 mile trial walk on part of ‘The Round’ , many lessons were learnt which required a review of the original plans. Sunday June 22nd was chosen for the start of our attempt to complete the Leicestershire round in 5 consecutive days.We are not regular walkers and many of the areas were unknown to us. The following are places and incidents which will be remembered for different reasons.

Day 1  Hallaton to Peatling Magna  (starting at the church)

           Foxton Locks on the Grand Union Canal

           The views from Smeeton Gorse

           The tennis ball we found which came all the way with us

           Ian bitten by a dog ( owner said  ‘only a friendly bite’)

  After being stung, nettled, bitten and sun burnt, it was decided that shorts were not a good idea

Day 2 Peatling Magna toBarwell

          High Cross with its Roman connections

          Fosse Meadow

          At least 50 stiles (that’s how it felt)

         Obstruction between Frolesworth Hill Farm and Claybrook

         Parva road. We had to negotiate a gap in the hedge whilst avoiding a live? wire

 Day 3 Barwell to Markfield

           Sutton Cheney Wharf

           Ambion Wood and Bosworth Battle Field

          Market Bosworth

          Shackerston and the restored old Midland Railway

         Thornton Reservoir

Our pick up was delayed because Dad was caught in a treffic census and heavy rain,which missed Markfield.

Day 4 Markfield to Frisby 0n the Wreake

         John’s Lee Wood (Our old Scout camp)

         Bradgate Park and Old John

         Swithland Reservoir

         Blasting at Mountsorrel Quarry

         Views of the Wreake Valley and its villages

         ‘The Bell’  at Frisby

Day 5  Frisby to Hallaton (would we make the last 24 miles?)

         Borough Hill with fantastic views

         Owston Wood, ankle deep in mud and guarded by 2 sheep’s

         skulls on the gate

        Launde Abbey

        Allexton and the never ending hills

        The sight of Hallaton

The Bewicke  Arms and refreshment had to wait until we had limped to the  church, which had been our starting point 5 long days earlier.  Lasting memories will be the fabulous countryside, numerous pretty villages, friendly natives and some excellent pubs.

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


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