General George Augustus

February 12, 2017 by


A popular pub with members of the Leicestershire Footpath Association is the General Elliott at Willoughby Waterleys. There are some good walks in the area and the Leicestershire Round passes through the village. Who was this General Elliott and why does he have a pub named after him?

There are numerous pubs named the Marquis of Granby (the title used by the eldest son of the Dukes of Rutland). It is said that some time back because a Marquis gave a helping hand to men from his regiment to set up a public house, in appreciation they named the house after the benefactor.

A similar story may have been lost to explain General Elliott because there are again many pubs across the country with the name but also what isn’t explained is why most pubs are General Elliott when the family named is spelt Eliott?

Wikipedia is clear “George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield”

The National Portrait Gallery  says “George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield  (1717-1790), General; defender of Gibraltar Sitter in 14 portraits.
The army officer George Eliott served with distinction during the Seven Years War. He fought in a series of battles in Germany between 1759 and 1761 before participating in the capture of Havana, Cuba in 1762. Eliott later served as the Governor of Gibraltar and was renowned for withstanding a sustained assault by French and Spanish forces during the Siege of Gibraltar from 1779 to 1783.

Can anyone offer an explanation?

Leicestershire Map of paths has moved

February 3, 2017 by

We have been warned for a while that the County Council website was changing. The map of footpaths and bridleways has now moved. Links on this website have been updated. If you have the page saved as a favourite do an update now.

New site for Leicestershire County Council map of paths

I don’t like to report this but the Derbyshire County Council map of paths is better see:

Derbyshire Map of Paths the online map is good but the Def. Map has errors take care.

Staffordshire is also quite good

Staffordshire Map of paths takes a bit of practice to find your way around

Nottinghamshire does not have online mapping.

For what is available across the country see:

Walking Weekend Friday October 27th to 29th 2017

January 31, 2017 by

LFA Walking Weekend Friday October 27th To Sunday October 29th 2017

Venue: Makeney Hall Hotel, Nr Belper Derbyshire


Cost approx £55 per night per person Dinner Bed and Breakfast. This is dependent on numbers. Limited single accommodation available at a supplement of £5 per person per night.

A variety of walks to be arranged for Saturday and Sunday morning.

Non refundable deposit of £20 per person required.

Names needed by March 10th 2017.

Contact Cindy West for further details and to express an interest.

Email : Tel 0116 2234851 or mobile 07711729830

Names needed by March 10th .2017

Take extra care at Gumley

January 20, 2017 by

A recent path report submitted to LCC by a member has resulted in action but in the mean time please take extra care using footpath A11 to the east side of Gumley Wood.

We reported “trip hazards on footpath A11 at SP683904.  The path has recently been fenced along the field edge and some sapling trees cut down, but the stumps are protruding some 3-6 inches above the ground, but are not clearly visible, causing a dangerous source of tripping.  One of our ladies tripped on one such stump on Wednesday and took a nasty fall (nothing broken fortunately).  They need to be dug out or cut to ground level before someone suffers serious injury.

LCC have responded. “I have to speak to the mapping office the has been unofficially diverted and enclosed by the erection of the fence. The stumps are difficult to see with the leaves on the ground and are a trip hazard. Can I ask that you make your members aware of this until we can resolve this issue.

I have served notice on the landowner to remove the obstructions as the footpath does not follow the fence line of the wooded area. It may take some time to get this resolved but I am not happy with what they have done the ground is narrow and sloping and when wet and muddy is very slippery in places.

I will let you know when this has been opened up on its Definitive Line.”

Rhubarb Island – Melton Mowbray

December 30, 2016 by

When I started exploring paths around Melton Mowbray I well remember that approaching Eye Kettleby Mill on footpath E13 we had to hang onto the railway boundary fence while using a narrow path alongside the River Wreake. This was because a bridge was missing to take the path onto Rhubarb Island between the natural course of the river and the old lock cut.

I was walking down there only recently while exploring the ORPA across Sysonby Grange and noted that the bridge is looking to be in need and repainting. Had I discovered this and others pictures before my visit I could have sought the plaque that appears in another picture and then perhaps, if it hasn’t been vandalised, have told you the date.

This picture shows the late Duke of Rutland and a man with a Chain of Office plus others having their picture taken at the official opening.

Rhubarb Island bridge - Melton Mowbray

Rhubarb Island bridge – Melton Mowbray

The two pound lunch

December 27, 2016 by

Remember the days………

Roast lamb lunch £2.00

Roast lamb lunch £2.00

Wed Jan 25th Cossington (The Red Lion)

December 24, 2016 by

Please note that the pub shown on the above walk is not correct and should read (The Royal Oak) the walks programme will be amended accordingly.

Roger Whittle

Then and now – near Launde Abbey

December 24, 2016 by

Again on the Leicestershire Round a picture of two intrepid LFA members attempting and I suspect succeeding to cross the River Chater on footpath C70 near Launde Abbey.

Crossing the River Chater near Launde Abbey

Crossing the River Chater near Launde Abbey

Things have improved.

Leicestershire Round near Launde Abbey

Leicestershire Round near Launde Abbey



Now and then – Sutton Wharf

December 22, 2016 by

I’ve just been sorting through some old photographs passed to me by the late Jim Mason. I’d like to share a few with you and offer a more recent picture for comparison.

A popular and well know shop by the Ashby canal – Sutton Wharf

Ashby canal Sutton Wharf 2016

Ashby canal Sutton Wharf 2016

An earlier picture before the visitor centre had been built. Can anyone offer a suggested date?

Ashby canal before the visitor centre at Sutton Wharf

Ashby canal before the visitor centre at Sutton Wharf

Tuesday Christmas Lunch

December 18, 2016 by
Jennt Thompson

Jenny Thompson

On December 13th we had a short walk before 54 LFA members sat down to a Christmas lunch at The Shires at Peatling Magna.

Christmas hats and jumpers ( some hand made)  were the order of the day. Judging by the noise everyone enjoyed the occasion.

We made a presentation to thank  Jenny Thompson who has retired after 10 years as Tuesday Walks Organiser and voluntary ‘Welfare  Officer’, but will continue walking.  Our thanks Rick Satchwell has taken over the Organiser role.

Merry Christmas to everyone.

Neil B