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


Webmaster update direct

July 29, 2018 by

Direct from the bed side. Feeling much better after an unassisted shower

Thanks for all best wishes and card.



Update on Webmaster

July 29, 2018 by

Good news is being relayed by his wife from Lincoln Hospital on our webmaster who continues to make good progress. According to his nurse he is doing very well.  He is sitting up in bed, having meals.  Under going physio sessions.  He would like to get home now. Clearly his condition is improving each day and his wish to be back at home may soon be fulfilled. Let us all hope so!

Update on Webmaster from Lincoln Hospital

July 24, 2018 by

I have been informed by his wife of encouraging news. He is now breathing mostly on his own and is almost off the sedation and is responding to questions etc. although not able to speak yet.  This is a huge improvement since being admitted. I will remain in contact with his wife and will post another update later in the week.

On behalf of all our members, I send special wishes for a full recovery from his present illness.

Our Webmaster is in Lincoln Hospital

July 21, 2018 by

I have to report some disturbing news concerning our webmaster who is in Lincoln Hospital, following transfer from Grantham Hospital.  Apparently he had been coughing substantially for a couple of weeks and went into hospital.  He has pneumonia but so far he is not responding to treatment.  His wife is at his bedside. As soon as I have further news, I will do another post.



Warden Appeal for Leicestershire Round

July 18, 2018 by

Following the retirement of the current warden, a vacancy has arisen for a volunteer warden for part of the Roman High Cross Section between Burbage and Barwell, a distance of two and a half miles.

The volunteer Wardens Scheme was reintroduced nearly six years ago with the intention of ensuring the trouble free passage for fellow walkers along the route of the Leicestershire Round.  Volunteers are expected to check their adopted section at least once a year and report any problems i.e. obstructions, damage to stiles etc. on the route. 

I respectfully appeal to all members of Leicestershire Footpath Association, particularly those who live near to Burbage or Barwell, to consider volunteering for what I think is a rewarding role within the LFA.

If you would like to volunteer or would like further information, please contact me on 01664 812510

Thank you in anticipation

David Williams

Morley quarry, South of Shepshed

July 17, 2018 by

Just by chance whilst walking in the Shepshed area, I discovered this disused quarry.  I was walking along Iveshead lane and noticed the access path to the quarry.  I discovered Charnwood Borough Council manage this disused stone quarry as a local nature reserve.  Information boards are placed in various places and are very informative about the age of the rocks, wild flowers and toads.  There is a small pond which is a breeding ground for the common toad.

In the event you would wish to visit the quarry by motor car there is a car park.  Access is by Iveshead road.  200 metres along this road turn left into Morley Road may be sign post to the cricket ground.




Shackerstone Station footbridge

July 5, 2018 by

It is disappointing to report the station footbridge remains out of use.  The Railway Trust having failed to comply with a Magistrates’ Court order for the repairs to be concluded by April of this year.  Our secretary is in correspondence with the rights of way team at County Hall who wait legal advice on how to proceed. The first temporary closure order was made on the 15th December, 2011 and the problem of repairing the footbridge does revolve over financial resources being made available to restore the footbridge in a safe manner.

Our Association is concerned over the length of time being taken to rectify the dangerous station bridge.  Fortunately the County Council did obtain a temporary permissive route for walkers on the Leicestershire Round to bypass the station.  It is important to remain positive and further legal proceedings to follow, will hopefully find a resolution to the long standing problem.

I would like to thank those people who have emailed reports to our Association on the situation on the ground concerning the footbridge remaining closed.



Walking Treasure Hunt Sunday 17th June

June 3, 2018 by

Sorry this event has been cancelled.

Saturday – Three churches walk

June 2, 2018 by

15 walkers met at Stoke Albany for today’s walk from this village in Northamptonshire, which is just off the A427 road from Market Harborough to Corby.  Grey skies overhead, some breeze with promise of humid conditions later in the day.  The walk started from the church and minor paths to the West of the village were safely negotiated before  joining the Jurassic Way which would take us over some wonderful rolling countryside to Brampton Ash church.

One member came to the rescue of a lamb which had caught its neck in some wire, attracted by grass growing on the other side of the fence.  Below Brampton Ash church spire viewed from a hill above Stoke wood.

The walk continued on the Midshires Way through undulating countryside before reaching the village of Ashley where a well deserved sandwich lunch was taken.  Just another two miles back to the start of the walk at Stoke Albany.  The leader was thanked for a memorable walk.

Ashley Church