Round and Hound Walk 2017

October 16, 2016 by


Leicester Animal Aid and PROSTaid are jointly planning to walk the Leicestershire Round on Sunday 14th May 2017. This is a fund and awareness raising event for the organisations. LFA has been approached for advice and help. We have offered advice and now seek your help. The participants will not be walking the full 100 miles but all sections will be available for them to select a bit a suit them. They have broken the Leicestershire Round into 11 manageable sections and have their own leaders for 5 sections but have asked if LFA can offer leaders for the other 6 sections. We will be offered first choice of the sections except the Shackerstone section. The sections are listed below. If you can help please contact Cindy West via Email: or  Tel: 0771 172 9830 in the first instance.



See Leicester Animal Aid website

Help needed at Wykin Hinckley

October 14, 2016 by

Footpath U4 at Wykin is under threat. The path ends on what was a farm road, this has become the drive to a private house and the landowner is unwilling to acknowledge a public right to use the drive which is essential to reach Higham Lane. The Hinckley Ramblers will be collecting evidence of use so if you have or do use this path please Email: Roy Shakespeare who is collecting evidence for submitting a claim.


A Tuesday Walk in Warwickshire

October 13, 2016 by

This Tuesday 11th October,we went over the border to Withybrook in Warwickshire. Numbers were down a bit but it was misty and out of our county.

Liz Merrall led the walk from ‘The Pheasant’. We stopped for our break alongside this misty pool near the site of the medieval village of Hopsford.



Continuing on under the railway and canal I spotted this photo opportunity of shadows emerging into the misty  light

Shadows emerging into the mist

Shadows emerging into the mist



Our route took us along the Oxford Canal towpath before turning back to Withybrook down this leafy tunnel and past the other medieval village site of Upper Smite.


Changes to Thursday walks

October 11, 2016 by

Changes to walks Thursday 27th October and Thursday 2nd February 2017. The online programme has been amended.

Due to a double booking by John W, Pam G and John have agreed to swap so that Pam G will lead from the Black Boy at Hungarton on Thursday 2 February instead of John as shown in the programme and John W will lead on 27 October.

John has also discovered that the Coach & Horses will not be able to accommodate the group on 27 October.  The walk will therefore start from the Black Horse at Foxton.  It is essentially the same walk starting at a different point on the circle.

Please contact John W (details on printed programme if you need more information)

Winter programme cards

October 4, 2016 by

It seems as though a small number of winter programme cards have not been delivered.  I’ve had three people contact me so far, and there may be others.

Could anyone who has not received the winter programme card contact the treasurer by email at or by phone on 07786 967241. Regards, Dave.


Autumn Newsletter

October 1, 2016 by

Members should now have received through their letter box a paper copy of the winter 2016-17 walks programme and a newsletter. Potential members and interested parties are invited to freely read the 2016 autumn newsletter here (.pdf file 610MB). The Walks programme (opens a new page) is available online. None members are invited to join us for a few trail walks before we ask for your annual subscription of just £5.00.

Members of the August weekend away at Cober Hill near Scarborough

Members of the August weekend away at Cober Hill near Scarborough

Charity Skittles Evening

September 21, 2016 by

LFA Charity Skittles Evening

 in aid of

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust


at The Red Lion, Huncote

Friday 14th October  7.00 for 7.30 pm.

Tickets £10, including hot buffet supper –

(vegetarian  option if pre-ordered)


Contact Chris Merrill for tickets by 7th October.

Notts Wolds Way – launch

August 24, 2016 by

bookWe recently received an invite to attend the launch of the Notts Wolds Way. The route of 26 miles was created by our affiliates over the border, Nottinghamshire Footpaths Preservation Society. It winds it’s way around south Notts taking in the appropriate villages of Willoughby, Clipston, Normanton and Stanton (all names ending…..on the Wolds). The launch took place at the start point in Bunny Village Hall with coffee, cakes and two special launch cakes.NWW-cake Just short of 60 folk then set out to walk the first section of 6 miles to Willoughby, yes ….on the Wolds. The weather was hot and dry so occasional shade alongside woods or behind hedges was welcome along with the coffee stop at Wysall church.

The official launch was carried out on behalf of Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust who had sponsored the project. Also present was Jane Baines from Nottinghamshire County Council who support the route which is easy to follow with distinctive waymark arrows, in both directions. NWW-pathA copy of the twenty page guide book was presented to all those present see website  for details of how to obtain a copy.

Jeremy Lewis from the Nottingham Post (rubbish website) joined the launch and walk and wrote an excellent two page promotional article in the Wednesday edition of the paper along with a half page of comment on the joys and benefits of walking.

An excellent event which gave the Notts Wolds Way a good start in life. It’s not far from our walking patch so give it a go.

Tuesday 16th Lubenham

August 17, 2016 by


On a  beautiful summer’s day  about 37 ‘Long’ and ‘Short’walkers passing near the Judith Stone approaching East Farndon. Several wheat fields had been cut since the pre-walk but luckily none had been ploughed

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We had a carefully picked ‘coffee stop’ with a tree for shade . At this point we are on the Jurasic Way.        If you look at the circled figures you will recognise our new twin Obstruction Secretaries- Simon and Barbara. Simon is examining a dangerous rabbit hole …..I think, while Barbara— takes notes ?     The 5.8 mile walk continued on to Marston Trussell  Church and across the Lubenham Hall parkland back into Lubenham. The walk was mostly in Northampton shire  – noticeable for the lack of yellow posts

Bardon Quarry Extension

August 16, 2016 by

The latest Bardon Quarry extension path order was confirmed on 5th August 2016, and the map below shows, what we believe, to be the current situation regarding rights of way in the immediate vicinity of the quarry.

Green should be usable, red either temporarily or permanently stopped up. Blue is the temporary route of the Ivanhoe Way. Purple (now we are taxing my colour recognition) shows unaffected paths.

We think this shows the maximum disruption, and further changes will be positive. Unfortunately we were unable to obtain a safe route to Copt Oak in spite of our best efforts.

Bardon Quarry path changes

Bardon Quarry path changes

It would be nice to hope that a map could be placed  at strategic points in the area.