A Happy New Year To You All

January 1, 2021 by

The picture above reminds us of what we are missing. At the moment your committee cannot predict when normality can be resumed. At least country walking seems to be one of the few activities allowed although in severely restricted numbers. We hope everyone who wants to walk has found some one to walk with. As 2021 starts, days lengthen and the start of vaccination, we must look forward to there being our regular walks once again.

Slow sloe walk December 15th

December 17, 2020 by

A regulation six on another sunny Tuesday, at Bradgate. This year the annual pre Christmas stroll was reduced to just 6. It is much looked forward to as Marie kindly brings her homemade sloe gin with a tot for all. Jenny, Marie, Viv, Josie, Roger and Rick are here raising a toast to the rest of us for Christmas -perhaps? P.S. Who took the photo?

Have You Walked This Way?

December 10, 2020 by

There is a footpath, I15, from Barrow on Soar to Cotes which finishes in the middle of a field. See map above. We are trying to claim that it exits onto the Loughborough to Nottingham road at Cotes Bridge but need evidence of people using it. If you have used it at all let us know how often and since when. Please e mail


I15 finishes as a dead end but used to go to the road by the bridge. Now people will have had to walk round the hedge or the river bank. In recent years additional barriers have been put up making it very difficult. It would help if you said you went the straightest line possible or followed the river bank.

Escape After Lockdown Dec. 2nd

December 2, 2020 by

David H & Bob W (above) with David W, regular Wednesday walkers, enjoyed an 8 mile circular walk from Burton Lazars. We passed through the villages of Stapleford, Freeby, Wyfordby, and Bretingby. Although a dull day and sticky underfoot at times, it was great to be outwalking again with friends. Can’t wait to clean boots and get them muddy again.

Letter from Secretary

November 24, 2020 by

The Letter following has been sent to all members :-

Dear Member,

We hope you are keeping safe and well at this difficult time and are able to continue to walk our lovely footpaths.

Your committee is mindful of the current health and safety restrictions imposed on us and would like to reassure you that our members health and well being is our priority.

We would like to thank Bob Stokoe, Pete Chaplin and Robert Hancock for their work as walk organisers as they have now resigned from their leadership. We would be extremely grateful if you would give some thought to becoming a walk organiser for the Saturday or Wednesday groups when we restart our walks again sometime next year. Please feel free to contact any member of the committee for further information about the role. Without walk organisers we will be unable to produce a future programme of walks.

The committee has also been considering our AGM due to take place on 27th February 2021. In the light of current restrictions concerning Covid-19 and the likely extension of these into 2021. Reference was made to current Charity Commission advice and the LFA constitution. Although it would be possible to cancel the AGM it was agreed that members should have the opportunity to agree to the proposal that committee members and officers remain the same for 2021. It was agreed that a short virtual meeting via a zoom session should be offered in place of the planned AGM. Reports would be available as usual via the Annual report. Members would be invited to contact committee members prior to the session with any questions so that the meeting could remain brief and focused.

We will be sending out details of how to join the virtual session when we send out the Annual Report and notification of the AGM in January 2021.

If you would like to express any thoughts about the proposed virtual AGM please contact me or any of the committee members, we would certainly like to hear your views.

The committee recognizes that costs for the LFA have been minimal this year and therefore all current members’ subscriptions for 2020 will extend throughout 2021 and there will therefore be no further subscription payment due for 2021.

With very best wishes to you all

Signed – C West.

On behalf of the committee of Leicestershire Footpath Association

Leicestershire Round – Known Changes Affecting The Route

November 10, 2020 by

Cossington – Rearsby. Pages 21 – 25 of the 2017 Leicestershire Round Guidebook and subsequent editions

Rearsby Mill.   Pages 22 -23. Amendment to the description of the route- should now read:

‘Turn right onto a footpath across a field to join the drive to Rearsby Mill. Pass a beautiful pond on your right and continue straight ahead, keeping the mill house on your left, then swing left following the drive. Cross the bridge and take the gate into the field on the right before reaching Rearsby Mill Cottage’.

November 3rd just before Lockdown – Again

November 4, 2020 by
A small Covid compliant group

One of several small groups, who formed when the rule of 6 was introduced, are seen here enjoying their last walk for a while on the return to Gumley via Gumley Wood. This group initiated by Rick has changed slightly, necessitated by localised restrictions. The photo shows David, Andy, Andy’s cuddly toy on Pat’s shoulder and John (photo Neil). Others rotating, Graham ,Angela and Allan. Every Tuesday we have readily found a leader who knows a walk or two and can read a map. Some of our favourite pubs had re-opened to small groups and we have enjoyed several lunches and/or beers. If we had the Rain Trophy to hand I think Andy would have won it last week on the walk from Billesdon. Apart from that the weather has been pretty good.

If any other groups have a photograph of their walks and a short piece to go with it, I would be happy to put it on the web site. My e mail address is now cneil1482@gmail.com .

Leicester Round – by bus.

August 1, 2020 by

The Leicestershire Round is a 100-mile circular walk around Leicestershire.

This guide shows how to tackle it in bite-sized chunks by utilising the local bus services.

The route is well waymarked and there are numerous spots along the route to take a comfort break or get some sustenance.

As it is circular, you can of course start anywhere but the guides are to and from Bradgate Park.

Download your guide here.


Walking Programme Update

July 18, 2020 by

The  committee met on 15th July to consider the future walk programme for the LFA. The health and safety of all our members is our highest priority along with the need to comply with government restrictions and advice. It has therefore been agreed that the LFA will not host / organise any formal walks until further notice.

We recognise all our members are keen to enjoy walking our lovely footpaths but it would be unwise and against governmental and local guidelines to encourage walking and socialising in groups.

Should our members wish to walk together in small groups, being mindful of social distancing and governmental guidelines, then we must advise them that they do so at their own risk.

Brief Encounter

July 15, 2020 by

During the current restrictions there are a several small groups arranging their own walks. On this Tuesday one group of 5 walking from Peatling Magna passed another group of 4 walking from Shearsby. We met by chance on the Leicestershire Round in Bruntingthorpe. Such simple things are very welcome in these odd times. Social distancing was observed–no handshakes as with Stanley and Livingstone and certainly no kisses.