Thursday June 4th – reminder

May 24, 2015 by

Reminder – the walk on Thursday June 4th starts at Bagworth Heath Woods car park on Heath Road. No pub lunch is booked so bring a picnic. If you want a pub lunch there are two pubs in Thornton.

Nottinghamshire Footpaths Preservation Society

May 24, 2015 by

Leicestershire shares its border with seven other counties and our walks often pass over onto paths maintained by other authorities. We recently had an invitation to affiliate to the Footpaths Preservation Society of Nottinghamshire and invited them to affiliate to us. We hope this will assist both bodies to iron out any problems on cross border paths. Take a look at their web site and perhaps join them on a one of their walks.

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Leicestershire Short Walks – 21

May 22, 2015 by

Bruntingthorpe to Peatling Magna and Willoughby Waterleys 6 miles (10km)

© Copyright Ian Rob http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2920636

Leicestershire Round leaves Willoughby Waterleys © Copyright Ian Rob http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2920636

Bruntingthorpe to Peatling Magna 2 miles, beside the stream. Peatling Magna to WilloughbyWa terleys 1 and a half miles on headland paths in flat arable country. Willoughby to Peatling 2 miles through well waymarked pasture fields. Peatling to Bruntingthorpe 1 and a quarter miles over interesting little fields.

In Peatling Parva on the path which leads from opposite the church to the back of the hall you can see llamas in the field. All the villages have lovely buildings.

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 21 here  (.pdf file 200kb)

You can preview the route of the walk on an online Ordnanace Survey at Bing Maps here where you can also download the .gpx file of the walk to use on a GPS enabled device such as a smartphone.

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 20

May 15, 2015 by

Shearsby to Bruntingthorpe 4 miles (6.5km)

Down the Path - Shearsby   © Copyright Andrew Tatlow and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Down the Path – Shearsby © Copyright Andrew Tatlow and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Easy walking. Well waymarked. Mud in places.

The villages have a charming mix of houses.

Shearsby has a thatched yeoman’s house by the church. Pause to read the fascinating gravestone inscriptions (one to a priest who died in 1601 and one to William Weston, aged 36 who died in 1756 after the windmill sails caught him). The nearby Bath Hotel is a reminder that there was once a salt spring here, and it was hoped that it could become a prosperous medicinal spa.

Bruntingthorpe is an old Anglo Saxon settlement which later acquired its Danelaw name. It was enlarged when it became an airfield in World War II and a US airbase.

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 20 here (.pdf file 150kb)

You can preview the route of the walk on an online Ordnanace Survey at Bing Maps here where you can also download the .gpx file of the walk to use on a GPS enabled device such as a smartphone.

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 19

May 8, 2015 by

Saddington to Shearsby, Arnesby, Fleckney 7 miles (11km)

Main Street Saddington

Main Street Saddington © Copyright Andrew Tatlow and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Leicestershire Round from Saddington to Shearsby then through undulating pastoral countryside, skirting Fleckney.

Saddington, views over the reservoir from the pub car park.

Shearsby thatched house a 17th century half timbered yeoman’s house.

Arnesby Mill now a private dwelling.

Churches and interesting graveyards in the various villages.

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 19 here (.pdf file 200kb)

You can preview the route of the walk on an online Ordnanace Survey at Bing Maps here where you can also download the .gpx file of the walk to use on a GPS enabled device such as a smartphone.

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Jim’s in trouble

May 2, 2015 by

Jim M long time linchpin of LFA walks has been out of action for some time now but last Wednesday things got worse, we hope you can help aid his recovery.

Seat on Leicestershire Round at Gumley

Seat on Leicestershire Round at Gumley

Jim collapsed at Harley House Care Home on Wednesday 22nd April and was taken to A&E .  It was thought that he might have an infection somewhere and he was admitted to a ward for further investigations.  During the day he was very weak and confused.

Early that evening the nurse phoned to say that they had sat him out of bed and he had fallen from the bedside chair.  In the fall Jim broke his femur.

The break was pinned and plated on Friday 24th April.

Jim’s recovery this week has been very slow and would now be much assisted by visits from friends. In an attempt to spread these visits across the days ahead will you please email leicestershire.footpaths@gmail.com  if you would like to see Jim in Ward 32 at LRI and we can advise which slots are available. Visiting times are noon until 8pm and strictly no more than 2 visitors per bed.

Leicestershire Short Walks – 18

May 1, 2015 by

Gumley to Saddington & Saddington Reservoir 4 miles (6.5km)

Sue on her mother's seat near Gumley

Sue on her mother’s seat near Gumley

Quite steepish hills across lovely pasture land with beautiful views then a quiet reservoir lane.

Saddington reservoir, popular with anglers and water birds.

Gumley is built on a lovely site. There was a settlement here in Mercian times. The Mercian kings met at Gumley in 749 and 775 AD The Church was rebuilt 1759. Gumley Hall, built by Joseph Cradock in 1764, has now gone. Cradock was a friend of Dr Johnson and the actor Garrick. He spared no expense on the house and built a private theatre in it but ran into debt and was forced to sell it. He died modestly aged 84. Only the stable block remains, now converted into housing. The woods are one of Hanbury’s plantations. The Rev. William Hanbury (1725-1778), who became vicar of Church Langton in 1753 when he was 28, had already done gardens and plantations at Gumley and Tur Langton. He believed there could be large profits from scientific tree planting. At Gumley the plantation was for several years the local tourist attraction. The gales of 1756 “blasted the tops of my elms and ashes.”

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 18 (.pdf file 250kb)

You can preview the route of the walk on an online Ordnanace Survey at Bing Maps here where you can also download the .gpx file of the walk to use on a GPS enabled device such as a smartphone.

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 17

April 24, 2015 by

Foxton to  Gumley, Smeeton Hill and Foxton Locks 5 or 3 miles (8 or 5km)

Crossing the bottom lock at Foxton

Crossing the bottom lock at Foxton

A lovely mix of canal towpath then hilly pasture land. 1 mile canal towpath then gradually uphill to Gumley over pastureland, returning over similar terrain to the canal, then half mile back to Foxton along metalled track. The walk is pleasantly varied offering good views over the Leicestershire countryside.

The route does a figure of eight so you can miss out Smeeton Hill and make it 3 miles

Foxton Locks, a unique staircase of ten locks. You can pause to see the boats going through the locks and visit the museum if you wish when you reach the canal wharf. Cross bridge number 62 to reach the staircase of locks on the far side of the wharf. If you have children with you do please pay attention to the warning sign about deep water and strong currents. You will find toilet facilities here and refreshments are available at the shop, open 364 days a year, and the pub which is aptly named “Bridge 61″. To visit the museum take the track to the right just beyond the pub. The museum is housed in the former boiler house of the Inclined Plane Boat Lift sited between the two flights of five locks.

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 17 here (.pdf file 200kb)

You can preview the route of the walk on an online Ordnanace Survey at Bing Maps here where you can also download the .gpx file of the walk to use on a GPS enabled device such as a smartphone.

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Maps, maps and more maps

April 23, 2015 by

In the last newsletter we offered some suggestions for getting mapping from the web. I response to that article two memebrs have sent in the following suggestions.

I read with interest your spring newsletter.  I’m a member of the ramblers but our Parish Council subscribes to LFA.

I think you may be able to solve the walk leader map issue as follows:

You can print the route with OS by doing a screen dump into a programme such as paint.  You will need to do some cutting and pasting if the whole route does not fit on the screen.

  1. Put the OS map with  route on screen.
  2. Hold down ctrl and Alt and tap Print Scrn.
  3. Open Paint and paste.
  4. Now cut the part you want to print, save in a new document, I select jpeg.  You may need to adjust to fit your paper for printing.

Steve C

Paul W offers the following:-

Printing maps from websites OS get-a-map does not normally allow printing unless you opt for the one off (per page) printing charge or pay the annual £19.99 subscription fee. It is possible to print the route on the screen by grabbing the screen. You may use the inbuilt snipping tool in the accessories section (from  Windows 7 onwards) or by using a third party product such as Snagit –

www.techsmith.com/snagit

It is then possible to save the grabbed image and thus print it out in the same manner that you would print a photo. A similar technique can be used in Bing maps. It is recommended than you disable scaling on the print dialog, otherwise the output will look strange and/or stretched.

Disclaimer: I have no knowledge whether this is allowed by the personal copyright license offered by OS.

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A screen capture from this very page

 

 

Thursday July 9th – change of venue

April 19, 2015 by

The walk on Thursday July 9th will now start at The Bull’s Head, Arthingworth. (The original venue – The George at Great Oxenden – is closed for a refurb.)


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