Coronavirus & Footpaths

April 9, 2020 by

The following is an extract from an e mail from Edwin McWilliam, Head of Rights of Way L.C.C.

The L.C.C. will contact the landowner of any reported footpath closures but currently cannot follow up with an inspection. Landowners have been given temporary permission to offer diversions for social distancing purposes but footpaths will remain open. The L.C.C. will ensure compliance at the end of the emergency

Coronavirus & Footpaths

April 1, 2020 by

Below is a copy in its entirety of the local R.A.’s e mail concerning our current legal rights to use of the footpaths.

Footpath closures during Coronavirus

31 March 2020

The Ramblers has received an increasing number of queries from people concerned about landowners closing paths close to where they live.   

Whilst everyone should be staying local to their homes, these closures can in some cases, limit opportunities for people to exercise locally or access essential amenities. So, what are the current rules around closing paths during the coronavirus lockdown?  

In Wales 

On 24 March the Welsh Government took steps to close some sites and footpaths in Wales that were believed to present a risk of large numbers of people gathering together, coming in close proximity to each other and areas that pose a high risk to the spread of the Coronavirus infection. 

As one may expect with something implemented so quickly, there has been an inconsistent response by authorities – most of the Brecon Beacons is closed, almost all the Pembrokeshire Coast path, and swathes of Snowdonia.  Some local authorities have fully closed their country parks, whilst others have taken a more cautious approach.   

The Ramblers appreciate the unprecedented nature of the current crisis, and the need for strong measures to tackle the spread of this virus, and therefore ask that walkers respect the closures announced in Wales.   We will of course continue to work with land managers and the Welsh government to ensure these closures are reversed as soon as is sensible.    

In England  

Under existing legislation, Local Authorities in England cannot close footpaths for public health reasons nor can landowners close footpaths which run across their land. Should walkers come across a public right of way that has been closed or blocked, it can be reported directly to the local highway authority (county councils or unitary authorities).    

Of course, if the government considered that some path closures were needed as part of measures to restrict transmission of Covid-19, it could pass emergency regulations in England too.  
We are in regular dialogue with DEFRA and Natural England to ensure that should any legislation changes be considered, the government takes into account the mental and physical health benefits of exercise in green spaces. 

We urge all walkers, whether in England, Wales or Scotland, to follow government advice and only to walk locally, for a short period of daily exercise, to avoid crowded areas and to practice social distancing.  Please see for our full guidance on walking at the current time. 

The Ramblers will continue to encourage walkers to access the outdoors in ways which are safe, in keeping with the latest government advice, and respectful to others.    

Should anyone come across any closed of blocked paths please Photograph (if possible) and let me know where they are.

Many thanks

Martin James

Area Chairman,

Leicestershire and Rutland

The Ramblers’

07969 669230

Should you come across any such blockages or closures, claiming to be Covid 19 related, it would be sensible to inform the Ramblers as well as our Obstructions secretary.

N.B. Martin James is also a member of the L.F.A.


March 30, 2020 by

At a time when all social activities have been cancelled modern technology is proving a really useful method of keeping in touch. Whats-App is particularly useful to share information, pictures and humour as a group activity.

Rick Satchwell has set up a ‘Whats-App’ Group for Tuesday walkers and has several participants already. He is inviting anyone else from the Tuesday group to join in. If you have a smart phone and would like to join in please contact Rick by e mail or text with your phone number. You will find his contact details on the back of the membership card.

If anyone from the other walking days wishes to set up their own group I can publicise it on the website by contacting me, Neil Barker, at the Diversions Secretary e-mail address found on the back of the membership card

Corona Virus

March 16, 2020 by

Following the Government’s latest advice on managing the Corona virus your committee have suspended the Walk Programme until further notice.

The countryside is still open for walking at your discretion and we wish you all well until we meet again. Please communicate this notice to anyone you know who cannot access the website.

Wednesday 18th March 2020: – LONG and SHORT walks.

March 16, 2020 by

Wednesday 18th March 2020: – LONG and SHORT walks.
Coronavirus update.
In view of the Governments advice regarding social contact and gatherings the walk leaders have decided both walks are cancelled.

Robert Hancock
Pete Chaplin
Wednesday Walk Organisers

Saturday Walk 28th March

March 12, 2020 by

This walk will start from Thornton . Not Rothwell

Wednesday 11th March :- SHORT WALK

March 6, 2020 by

The SHORT WALK on Wednesday 11th March is now from the Queens Head Billesdon, and NOT from the Dog & Gun Keyham as shown on the walk programme.

Walk Leader, Dave Rogers

Walk Through 4 European Countries

February 3, 2020 by

I am planning to walk this trek on 13th May where I fly into Budapest (Hungary) and walk through to Croatia , Slovenia and end in Triest (Italy). A Four country walk of over 300 Km (190 miles) over 11 walking days with a rest day in the middle at Ljubljana (Slovenia). Is there anyone else interested in joining me on this self guided walk. Contact Ash Kotecha on for further details,

Ashok Kotecha

Wednesday Long and Short walkers.

January 31, 2020 by

Can we say a huge thank you to all Wednesday long and short walkers who have committed to leading a walk in the Spring / Summer walks program.

If you have signed to lead a walk and haven’t yet notified us of your start point could you please let us know as soon as possible. Our email address`s are on the walk program card

Thank you again.
Wednesday walk organisers:
Robert Hancock
Pete Chaplin

Winter Walks

January 27, 2020 by

Last Tuesday’s walk from the Bell at Gumley was a welcome relief from rain and mud as we had brilliant sunshine and used the small quiet country roads on the high ground. As we all know some of the best Leicestershire countryside can be seen from this route. Entering Loughton we came across this annual welcome scene of our first Spring lambs.

Lambs At Laughton

You may like this sheep joke —or not

N.B. Don’t forget the AGM on 29th Feb at Houghton Village Hall and order your lunch. There is a walk afterwards.