Tuesday 9th October walk

October 11, 2018 by

 

On a perfect Autumn morning, sunny and warm with clear air, we set out from the Bell at Gumley.  Our route took us up to Laughton, a very attractive village, {photo 1}, with a notable amount of traditional mud walling near the church. We took the permissive path northwards out of Laughton towards Saddington Reservoir. The water level was still quite low and our Leicestershire mud has still to make its presence felt. The second photo is of us ascending Smeeton Hill with Saddington on the sky line. Stopping at the top, alongside the memorial seat to Mary Hodgkins,  we enjoyed a 360 degree panorama of the county. After another drop and climb we returned to the Bell past Gumley church.

 

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Statement under Data Protection Act, 2018

October 9, 2018 by

The following statement has been composed by Andy Thompson, Chairman of LFA.

“As you know with the Data Protection Act of 2018 the rules have tightened on securely holding data about people.  We at LFA have always taken the matter seriously.  Any information that we hold about members is solely for the purpose of providing members with information about the LFA and its activities.  The information is held securely by the Membership Secretary and no information is ever passed on to third parties for any purpose whatever.  At any time a member may request to review their personal data held or that their personal data held be deleted”

Wednesday Walk December 5th. Change of venue

October 9, 2018 by

Ellie and Kath’s walk on Dec. 5th is now from The Bricklayers Arms Thornton.. It was from ‘The Reservoir’ but fire damage has made the change necessary.

Children in need walk on Friday

October 5, 2018 by

On a favourable day for walking the section of the Leicestershire Round from Foxton village to Bruntingthorpe, the take up by the public was disappointing.  A representative from Radio Leicester did a live broadcast at Foxton village hall and walked with LFA members of the Tuesday group to Shearsby.  Parked outside the village public house were some vintage cars, a Morgan Nash (1923 year) with a Riley behind. The owner ofa 1934 Vauxhall, kindly gave a lift to the reporter back to Foxton.  This first picture is of our group at a “kissing gate” just short of Saddington.

What is most noticeable about the walk is the number of old stiles which have disappeared and  have been replaced by gates. Thus making progress along the route so much easier. In the fields to the south of Fleckney, contractors are in the process of building many new homes which will impact on the Leicestershire Round.

On arriving at Shearsby, our first port of call was the public house which is open on a Friday lunch time.  Refreshment taken our walk continued after viewing once again the vintage cars.

 

Children in Need

October 3, 2018 by

The LFA have teamed up with Radio Leicester to lead walks on the Leicestershire Round. Please come along for the last two days of walking for Children in Need.

Thursdays walks begin at Bruntingthorpe and Somerby.

Fridays walks begin at Burbage Common cafe and Foxton.

Full details are on the Radio Leicester website.

 

Join us for part or a full section of The Round or simply come and wave us on our way, popping a contribution in the bucket. Outside broadcasts are from The Pine Tree Alpacas Peatling Parva (Thursday) and Sutton Cheney Wharf cafe ( Friday).

We would love to meet you anywhere along the routes.

BBC Children In Need and The Leicestershire Round

September 10, 2018 by

Did any one hear Radio Leicester this Monday morning just after 9 o’clock ? Cindy West, Rick Satchwell and David Williams Joined the presenters in publicising the Radio Leicester sponsored ramble using the entire Leicestershire Round. This will take place over 5 days commencing on 1st October. Very well done to all. You will read more about this in the Autumn Newsletter , due out imminently. One piece of extra news, announced on the radio, is that BBC Countryfile will be present at some point on Monday 1st October.

Grace Dieu Priory

August 25, 2018 by

When travelling on the A512 road between Shepshed and Ashby De La Zouch, the ruins of the priory can be seen on the left side of the road before the turn off to Thringstone is reached. Just before the turn off enter the car park of “The Bulls Head”.  Park in the top left side of the car park where you can join a footpath which will take you to the ruins. You will pass under a railway bridge which once carried the railway line between Loughborough and Coalville.  Turn left and follow the path until you come to a railway viaduct with seven arches. Continue on the path and watch for a wide gate within 200 yards on your right, which when passed through will take you to the ruins.

The priory came into being around 1235-1241 as a house for Augustan canonesses. By 1377 the priory had 16 nuns with a hospital for twelve people attached.

In 1538 the priory was dissolved because of the lower incomes received and therefore of less importance.  One notice board on the east wall gives further information as to its design and how the complex would have looked.

You will notice the surrounding woodland area is particularly attractive and has many paths which you are welcome to enjoy. If you locate the Grace Dieu brook, a path will take you in a southerly direction for some way. Notice some of the large boulders in the brook. The woodland is in the National Forest but predates its inception by many years. Entry to the ruins is entirely free as the upkeep is managed by friends of the priory. When returning on your walk, why not take advantage of the carvery at the “Bull’s Head” which on a Monday to Saturday is only £6.49p per person.

 

 

Wednesday (Long) Walk on August 29th

August 23, 2018 by

Please note that this walk will now start from :

The Old Dalby Brewery

Station Road

Old Dalby

Melton Mowbray

LE14 3NQ

The leader for this walk is Roger Cook

Wednesday (Long) Walk on August 29th

August 23, 2018 by

Please note that this walk will now start from :

The Old Dalby Brewery
Station Road
Old Dalby
Melton Mowbray
LE14 3NQ
The leader for this walk is Roger Cook

Wednesday walk 5th September

August 9, 2018 by

The meeting place & lunch place on the programme for Wednesday walk 5th September is unclear.  It should be Ulverscroft GRANGE, the Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation LE67 9QB,   Please park on the overflow car park on the grass to the left of the drive  on entrance before descending  to the lower car park, this is reserved  for disabled visitors.   Thank you.   Dennis O’B

http://www.shuttlewood-clarke.org/