Thursday 17th September

September 1, 2015 by

The walk on Thursday 17th September will start at The Countryman in Sharnford.

Brooksby footpath diversion

August 31, 2015 by

On Saturday 29th August I was walking in the Brooksby area so decided to take a look at the diverstion of footpath H56 which had been proposed by Network Rail to remove a level crossing of the Wreake Valley line between Melton Mowbray and Leicester.

Brooksby-map

Leicestershire Footpath Association had not objected to the proposal which took the path over a road level crossing which is controlled by lights and barriers. We did make comment as to the condition of the new path and I’m delighted to report that the new path is excellent.

Looking along the new path towards the road

Looking along the new path towards the road

The old crossing had been used by a group of our walkers some time back so we have a picture of the old route which made an oblique crossing the line adding to the time walkers were at potential risk.

A railway level footpath crossing soon to vanish if Network Rail have their way

A railway level footpath crossing soon to vanish if Network Rail have their way

Saturday 12th Sept. Change of venue

August 28, 2015 by

The start point for the walk on Saturday 12th September has been moved. PLEASE NOTE the walk will now start at Ullesthorpe Mill at 10am. Please pass the message around although there will be someone at Bitteswell to redirect any lost souls.

Leicestershire Short Walks – 32

August 7, 2015 by

Markfield – Newtown Linford  5 miles (8km)

Ulverscroft Mill

Ulverscroft Mill
© Copyright Ashley Dace
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3445357

Route Hilly, wooded countryside. Well waymarked paths. Lovely views of Charnwood at all seasons.

Items of interest Markfield has an interesting mixture of buildings. It is a gateway to the Forest. The Altar Rocks were donated to the public. Newtown Linford is a charming village with thatched cottages.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk Download walk 32 here (.pdf file 300kb)

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 31

July 31, 2015 by

Bagworth (Markfield) Thornton 3 or 6 miles (5 or 9km)

Holy Rood Church at Bagworth

Holy Rood Church at Bagworth
© Copyright Trevor Rickard
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2187802

Undulating ground over a mixture of meadow and arable land. The waymarking is good and the route not difficult to follow. The outward and inward sections of the walk meet at a stile close to Thornton reservoir. At this point you could omit the (uphill) section to the motorway and shorten the walk to 2 and a half miles. The walk can also be varied by adding a very pleasant 2 mile walk round Thornton reservoir.

Items of interest Bagworth, a former mining village. Thornton reservoir. Ashley’s Wood, recently planted with 3,000 poplar trees as part of the National Forest. Bagworth Park was the site of a great house planned to equal Kirby Muxloe and Ashby Castle, built for William Lord Hastings in the time of Richard III. Leicester to Swannington railway line, opened by Stephenson in 1832, the first public railway in the Midlands (and now re-opened as the Ivanhoe line.) The Bagworth Incline, where Stephenson’s trains were pulled up the hill by an extra engine at the top is now a lovely, quiet, hedged track.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk. Download walk 31 here (.pdf file 300kb)

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 30

July 24, 2015 by

Nailstone – Bagworth – Barlestone 5 miles (8km)

The Nut & Squirrel Nailstone

The Nut & Squirrel Nailstone
© Copyright Mat Fascione
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/542673

This is former mining country, now part of the National Forest. The reclaimed spoil heaps are newly planted with trees. There are attractive views from the higher ground.

Items of interest Churches in Nailstone and Barlestone. In Nailstone church there is a monument to Thomas Corbett, a gentleman who was Sergeant of the Pantry to four Tudor monarchs. He fathered 19 children by his first wife and a couple more by his second. (Spare a thought for the first Mrs Corbett as you pass by!)

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk.

Download walk 30 here (.pdf file 200kb)

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Claim for right of way at Thorpe Langton

July 23, 2015 by

Members are asked if they can help in completing a user evidence form for a section of the Leicestershire Round at Thorpe Langton which is not shown on the Definitive Map as a public right of way.  Leicestershire County Council have requested twenty users of the section to complete a claim form, claiming unchallenged use of the section for the last twenty years or more.

The section concerned is at the western end of footpath A74 which passes in front of the church and terminates at the lane opposite Top Farm.  Walkers then turn south down the lane to join footpath A75 taking you to East Langton.  It is the section of the lane which is not recorded as a definitive right of way.  If you are able to help, please contact the secretary who will supply you with the relevant evidence form for completion.

 

Leicestershire Short Walks – 29

July 17, 2015 by

Carlton – Shackerstone – Odstone – Barton in the Beans

5 miles (8km)

Shackerstone station and the closed footpath bridge

Shackerstone station and the closed footpath bridge

Easy walking in gently undulating countryside. Pleasant villages en route.

Items of interest Carlton village has a little church with a quaint bell tower and spme pretty village houses. Shackerstone has a castle site mound. The canal has colourful boats. There is a railway museum and it is possible to take rides on the steam trains.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk. Download walk 29 here (.pdf file 200kb)

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Walk cancelled Saturday 18th July

July 13, 2015 by

Saturday 18th July from Bulwick Northants.

Unfortunately the walk leader is incapacitated and a replacement can’t be found so the walk is cancelled.

Please join us next Saturday at Rearsby for an 8 mile walk in the Wreake valley.

Leicestershire Short Walks – 28

July 10, 2015 by

Market Bosworth – Carlton 5 miles (8km)

Market Bosworth Hall

Market Bosworth Hall

The outward section (on the Leicestershire Round) takes you across beautiful countryside, in slightly hilly arable land with superb views from the high ground. The return to Market Bosworth is quite a difficult walk as there are many stiles and two potentially very wet and muddy areas. Also, beware of a couple of electric fences put by farmers across their fields.

Items of interest Market Bosworth’s market charter dates back to 1285 and from the central market square the town has expanded fanwise. Bosworth Arboretum park with its well laid out woods, gardens, ponds, playing and picnic areas is ideal for family outings.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk. Download walk 28 here (.pdf file 200kb)

For more walks in Leicestershire click here


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