Wednesday Walks

September 16, 2021 by

Next Wednesday, 22nd September, there will be a short and a long walk from the Ratby Burroughs carpark, Burroughs Road, Ratby (LE6 0LF). Jeanette W will lead the short walk of approx 4.5 miles and Greg J will lead the long walk, which will have plenty of stiles and is approx 6.5 miles. Both walks will start at 10am prompt. Burroughs Road is off Main Street in Ratby, between The Bulls Head and the Primary School. Leaving Main Street, you go past The Plough Inn on your right and travel for approx 3/4 mile to get to the Burroughs carpark, which is on your right with a height barrier.

On Wednesday, 29th September, there will also be a short and a long walk. The short walk of 5 miles, led by David W, will start from the Great Central Railway’s Woodhouse and Quorn Station, Woodhouse Road, Quorn (LE12 8AG). The long walk of 7 miles, led by Rob C and Chris W, will start from Bagworth Heath woods car park, Heath Rd, Bagworth (LE67 1DL). Again, both walks start at 10am.

Wednesday Walks

September 6, 2021 by

STOP PRESS: There will be 2 walks from the Dog and Gun in Kilby this Wednesday, 8th September. Barri Stirrup will lead the long walk of about 7 miles and Roger Whittle will lead a short walk of no more than 5 miles. Both walks will be starting at 10am.

Wednesday Walks

September 5, 2021 by

This Wednesday, 8th September, Barri Stirrup is leading a long walk from the Dog & Gun in Kilby (LE18 3TL). Please park on the gravel area of the pub carpark. Food’s available in the pub after the walk.

Next Wednesday, 15th September, David Hinds is leading a walk from The Bell Inn in Frisby on the Wreake (LE14 2NJ). Unfortunately, the pub is permanently closed, so meet up outside it on Main Street. If you are interested in a drink or food after the walk, then The Blue Bell Inn in Hoby is open – it’s very welcoming and only 2 miles away.

Wednesday Walks

August 16, 2021 by

This Wednesday, August 18th, Dennis O’Brien will be leading a short walk from Mount St Bernard Abbey car park, off Oaks Road between Whitwick and Oaks-in-Charnwood, NE of Coalville (LE67 5UL), where there is an honesty box (£2).  

Next Wednesday, August 25th, Bob Stokoe is leading a 6 mile walk from Willoughby Waterleys, starting from St. Mary’s Church on Main Street (LE8 6UF).

On Wednesday, September 1st, Luba Luckett and Mike Wilcox will be leading a short and a long walk, both starting from the Chequers Country Inn, Main Street, Ullesthorpe (LE17 5BT).

All our walks, whether short or long will start at 10am, unless stated otherwise. The programme for the Autumn has been organised up to and including November 17th with the leaders who have volunteered so far. All offers of leading walks, whether short or long, from November 24th onwards, would be most welcome – please contact Averil or Anne on either averilbrooker@hotmail.com or aecbrascote@gmail.com accordingly.

A First For The Task Team

August 11, 2021 by

When the Task Team was launched a couple of years ago, its brief was to carry out tasks that needed to be done on the Leicestershire Round, such as clearing vegetation and tackling the ever-growing problem of fallen waymark posts – the latter are usually sorted by securing the post with cable ties to something that’s stable nearby. However, as part of an experiment to see if it was feasible for members of the Task Team to reinstate posts directly into the ground, Greg J and I succeeded in doing three posts that are on Greg’s adopted section of the Round. (This work was authorised by Leicestershire County Council and the landowners were contacted accordingly)

The photograph shows Greg at Carlton, near Market Bosworth, standing by the first post that we “re-potted.”

We are both of the opinion that it is something the team could do, although we did agree it would be better to tackle the job when the ground was not as hard as it was on the day we did it!!

As the Leicestershire County Council’s maintenance programme of renewing waymark posts and the like has been slipping in time due to the current financial climate, I feel that with the joint effort of LFA members, volunteer wardens and task team members this is one way of keeping the Leicestershire Round (which was devised by LFA members) as the premier long distance walk in the county and of benefiting all walkers.

David Williams

Wednesday Walks

August 5, 2021 by

Yesterday (Wednesday, 4th Aug), we had our Summer Barbecue/Picnic in Anne Constable’s garden in Brascote, which was attended by over 40 people. Beforehand there was a short walk (led by Anne) and a long walk (led by Tom Brooks) to Cadeby, Osbaston, Newbold Verdon and back to Brascote. The weather was warm and sunny most of the time, which helped make this a very successful charity event in aid of Faraja Support (a Leicester-based charity that runs a Tanzanian orphanage and was started by one of the Wednesday Walkers, Mike Ross, and his wife, Helen). It was a great opportunity for people to socialise once again (something that hasn’t really happened for over 20 months) and, in the process, over £450 was raised. A big, big thank you to Anne, Averil and Rob (who did the barbecue) as well as to all those who gave generously, whether in providing food and/or money for the charity. It definitely has been the highlight of the year so far.

Next Wednesday, 11th August, the short walk will be from the Stanton Lakes Car Park, Broughton Lane, Stoney Stanton (LE9 4JA) and will be led by Steve King. The walk on Wednesday, 18th August, will be led by Dennis O’Brien from Mount St Bernard’s Abbey ( LE67 5UL). A reminder that all walks, whether short or long, will start at 10am, so please arrive in plenty of time.

Wednesday Walks

July 27, 2021 by

Last Wednesday, 21st July, was the first time that two walks had started from the same place, the Greyhound carpark in Botcheston. The shorter and slower walk was led by Brid Chadney while Greg Jones led the longer and faster walk. Although the weather had started cloudier and cooler, it wasn’t that long before the day got sunnier and hotter, so both walks were shortened. The shorter walk was just under 5 miles and the longer one (which went along the notorious S14 footpath) was just over 6.5 miles. The total number of participants was just 20 walkers, although June and Dennis met us for a chat at the start before doing their own walk around Thornton Reservoir.

The walk this Wednesday, 28th July, will be led by Mike Ross from Foston Church (LE8 5WQ). As parking will be a little tricky near the Church itself, please park in lay-bys and on the grass verge driving south down Barley Lane.

Next Wednesday, 4th August, will be our Summer Picnic and Barbecue in Anne Constable’s garden, Brascote Lodge, Brascote Lane, Brascote, Newbold Verdon (LE9 9LE). There will be two walks in the morning – one longer and faster walk of just under 7 miles and the other slower and shorter walk of 5 miles. For catering purposes, Anne would like to know who will be attending, so if you haven’t already got in touch with her, then please do so ASAP by either phone or email. As you will already know, this is a charity event with all proceeds going to Faraja Support (started by Mike and Helen Ross), which runs a Tanzanian orphanage. There will be a stall of Tanzanian goods for sale, which will take cards or cash.

Release Day Monday July 19

July 20, 2021 by

Unmasked Monday walkers approaching Bruntingthorpe.

Alan and Irene led the Monday evening walk from Shearsby to Bruntingthorpe and Knaptoft before returning to Shearsby. This period of hot weather will long be remembered and 11 of us enjoyed a 4 mile walk in the less hot evening sun. Thanks to Martin and Lynne some of us retired to their gazebo to see the sun sink in the West while we sank a few beers provide by our leaders and hosts. Thankyou. Conversation did wander and for some reason canoodling came up- I had to check the spelling of that!. One of those simple but memorable evenings.

Wednesday Walks

July 20, 2021 by

The walk last Wednesday, 14th July, was led by Chris Bancroft from the Dorothy Avenue playing fields car park in Glen Parva. Again the weather was kind to us and the walk took us north through the Aylestone Meadows towards the centre of Leicester and back again. Despite being so close to habitation, you really wouldn’t have known it, particularly walking beside the River Soar, the Grand Union Canal and the old Great Central Railway.

This week’s walk on Wednesday, 21st July, will be from the car park of the Greyhound, Botcheston (LE9 9FF), although the pub itself won’t be open. Again, please be there before 10am for registration. Because of the very hot weather, please bring plenty of liquid with you. There will be two walks; one shorter and slightly slower, the other longer and slightly faster, but both walks may well be shortened due to the high temperatures.

Next week’s walk on Wednesday, 28th July, will be led by Mike Ross from Foston Church (LE8 5WQ). Parking will be outside the Church as well as on any available verges driving south on Barley Lane.

Advanced Notice: The Summer Picnic/Barbecue will take place on Wednesday, 4th August, in Anne Constable’s Garden in Brascote, Newbold Verdon (LE9 9LE), with shorter and longer walks beforehand. For catering purposes, the Walks Co-ordinators would appreciate knowing in advance who will be attending, so please tell them or email/phone them accordingly. This will be a charity fundraising event in aid of Faraja Support (a Leicester-based charity set up by Mike & Helen Ross) which runs a Tanzanian orphanage. There’ll be a stall with Tanzanian goods for sale (cash only).

Wednesday Walks

July 13, 2021 by

The walk last Wednesday, 7th July, was led by Dave Pollard and attended by 23 of us. It was 6.3 miles long, from outside the New Greyhound, Billesdon, to Rolleston (via the medieval village of Frisby) and back via Skeffington Vale. The weather was kind to us yet again with sunny intervals and rising temperatures.

The walk this week on Wednesday, 14th July, will be led by Chris Bancroft from the Dorothy Avenue playing fields car park (free) in Glen Parva (LE2 9JD). Again, please be there before 10am for registration. Next week’s walk on Wednesday, 21st July, will be from the car park of the Greyhound, Botcheston (LE9 9FF), although the pub itself won’t be open. There will be two walks; one shorter and slightly slower, the other longer and slightly faster.

Advanced Notice: The Summer Picnic/Barbecue will take place on Wednesday, 4th August, in Anne Constable’s Garden in Brascote, Newbold Verdon (LE9 9LE), with shorter and longer walks beforehand. For catering purposes, the Walks Co-ordinators would appreciate knowing in advance who will be attending, so please tell them or email/phone them accordingly. This will be a charity fundraising event in aid of Faraja Support (a Leicester-based charity set up by Mike & Helen Ross) which runs a Tanzanian orphanage. There’ll be a stall with Tanzanian goods for sale (cash only).