Tuesday 26th April

May 2, 2016 by

Tuesday survivors at Carter's Rough

On April 26th Jeff Plant led a 5.8 mile Rough walk from The Plough at Ratby. Choyce’s Rough,Whittington Rough, and Carter’s Rough with Little John and Martinshaw Wood for relief. We had rain ,snow,sun and wind all in the one morning. This is an area to see blue bells and they did not disappoint. I know stiles are being replaced by gates in many places but the ones above at Carter’s Rough seem a bit O.T.T.

As usual everyone enjoyed the walk in good spirits.  Poto: Jeff Plant

 

 

Thursday walk from Willoughby Waterleys

April 22, 2016 by
The General Elliot

“The General Elliott”

Many thanks to Sue for arranging this walk starting from “The General Elliott” public house at Willoughby Waterleys.  This was the first time the public house had been used following extended opening hours.  Twenty walkers supported this walk on a fine, dry, sunny day.  The walk took us along Main Street, before entering fields taking us to Peatling Parva.    Splendid gargoyles  were viewed on the Church tower of St. Andrews. Our  group of walkers then joined a footpath to the east of the village and had a wonderful view of Peatling Parva Hall.  This is a grade 2 listed building, late C17 or early C18.  It is brick built with stone quoins and Swithland slate roof.  The garden front gives a dramatic sense of height.

Our walk continued on mainly pasture land with quite a few difficult stiles, one of which was surrounded by many bullocks who were reluctant to let us pass.  We walked along one of the green lanes whose surface was much improved, before arriving back at the General Elliott for lunch.  This walk was just under six miles.

Peatling Parva Hall

Peatling Parva Hall

 

New footbridge and hand gates at Baggrave

April 19, 2016 by

Members may be interested to learn of an improvement on the footpath from Baggrave to Lowesby. The picture below was taken by Heather’s daughter on our walk yesterday.  The crossing point between Carr bridge and the water gardens footpath used to be difficult.  These improvements are most welcome.Baggrave to Lowesby footpath

 

Tragedy on a bridleway in Northumberland

April 15, 2016 by

I read in the Daily Mail today, details of yet another death caused by cows with calves. It is essential for all walk leaders to be particularly aware of the threat by cattle to human life, when walking in the countryside. These are the brief details:-
On the 3rd April, 2016 Marion Clode aged 61 yrs was walking with her husband, daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren on a bridleway. Twenty cows with calves were being turned out from the farm into a field. Mrs Clode was leading and the cattle were running towards her. Mrs Clode was butted by a cow before catapulting her into the air over a gate. She died two days later in hospital from injuries sustained.
All walkers are reminded to exercise due diligence when walking in the countryside.
President of LFA

Cattle and rights of way

April 9, 2016 by

Mischievous cows at SwarkestoneThe last year has seen a number of developments in respect of cattle and public rights of way.

Bill Wiggin MP introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill in Parliament. Entitled the Agricultural Accidents (Records) Bill, it would have required the HSE to record a lot more information about accidents involving cattle. The Bill made no progress (as is usually the case with Ten Minute Rule Bills), but it did serve to highlight the fact that when HSE Inspectors investigated incidents involving cattle and the public, inadequate information was being recorded. The Ramblers Association briefed Mr Wiggin prior to the debate on the Bill. As a result of the debate, and subsequent discussions with HSE, Inspectors are now instructed to gather more information. This new advice is on the HSE website here:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/foi/internalops/og/og-00058.htm

Last year also saw the trial of a farmer charged with gross negligence manslaughter, following the death of a walker. It was alleged that he was killed by a Swiss Brown bull, a breed of dairy bull not proscribed under s.59 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. In the event he was found not guilty. This tragic incident raised the question of whether the list of dairy bulls proscribed under the 1981 Act was in need to review. The RA subsequently met with officers of the NFU to discuss the case, and sent a joint letter with them to the HSE to try and found out more about their new data collection regime. This is turn led to an invitation from HSE to the Ramblers and NFU to discuss the issue.

At that meeting it was explained that the HSE only gets involved in cases involving the public if an incident involves a “reportable injury”. A reportable injury is one where the injured party gets taken directly to hospital for treatment for that injury. Because they don’t necessarily get to hear about all incidents, they would welcome reports from the public, so they are happy for us to encourage the public report incidents. There is however a big proviso attached to this: they can’t follow-up all of these cases (particularly if a person has just been chased or frightened), but this may be because there simply isn’t enough information about the actual place where the incident took place. It can be the case that where someone has merely been chased or frightened then the farmer in question will not know that an incident has taken place. Because the number of incidents which get reported directly to HSE is so small, the data is of very little statistical value.

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The HSE officers took the view that bulls are not the main issue. Examination of their reports shows that most incidents seem to involve two people and a dog in a field with cows and calves. Almost no incidents involve a group of people (good news for our group walks), but most people involved seem to be over 55. Cattle also seem to dislike high-viz jackets!

They discussed the responsibilities of path users and of farmers. Walkers do need to be aware. You wouldn’t step out on to a road without looking to see if there were any cars coming even though you have every right to be crossing the road. In a similar way, when entering a field you should look around and assess the situation regarding livestock. However farmers are running businesses and need to have done risk assessments—this is key—and to take sensible measures such siting feeders and drinkers away from stiles where possible, considering electric fencing and providing good signage.

The RA are also aware of, and are awaiting more news about, a pilot project in Cornwall at which the possibility of providing permissive alternative paths (avoiding fields with cattle and calves) is being looked at. The definitive right of way would still be available, but there would be another route for anyone who did not wish to use it.

You can read Ramblers policy on this issue here:

http://www.ramblers.org.uk/policy/england/rights-of-way/rights-of-way-and-cattle.aspx

Please do let us know about any incidents involving the public and cattle on rights of way, or on access land. It is very important that we have an accurate picture of what is happening.

Tuesday Chat

March 25, 2016 by

On March 15th Dorothy and Pam received the much ‘coveted’ Mud Trophy from Martin and Lynn who had held it sice November 2014. Dorothy & Pam’s walk was the previous week from Kilby. The path from Wain Bridge to Kilby through the paddocks was truly glutinous and clinched the vote.IMG_4329 - Copy - Copy

Trawling through my photos I came across this  from way back. It isn’t anything to do with walking but it is a curiosity for Leicester folk of a certain age.

I’m sure you all know where it is but do you know when it was taken— and don’t say 9.30

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Ramblers Holidays

March 24, 2016 by

Thinking of booking a holiday with the Ramblers then don’t forget to mention Leicestershire Footpath Association.
Last year LFA received £100 from the Ramblers Walking Partnership because you mentioned LFA when booking your
holiday.

Ramblers-cruise

If you’re looking for something different in 2016 then try our unique combination of walking and cruising. Enjoy the same walking holiday experience you know and love with the added freedom of a Fred Olsen Cruise, with a new place to discover at each port of call. See Ramblers Holidays website

New Logo and AGM in colour

March 16, 2016 by
Brian Presenting Bouqet to Heather

Brian presenting bouqet to retiring President Heather

 

Designs-all

Neil Presenting memento and gift token to Brian

Neil presenting memento and gift token to Brian

I thought you might like to see the above in colour. The next order of shirts will have the new logo which no longer incorporates Rutland as it has reverted to a ‘stand alone’ county.

Photos Allen Donkin

Newsletter – Spring 2016

March 13, 2016 by

A paper copy of the spring newsletter (500kb .pdf file) along with the summer programme will shortly be dropping through your letter box but here on the web you can have a sneak preview and don’t forget the walks calendar is already here. Click on the links to read on.

Chairman’s message

mudWe are all now anticipating Spring and as ever, hoping for a good Summer. Mud will just be a bad memory—–oh yes it will. After winter hibernation, white legs will start to appear from under shorts. As I write this the snow is falling!

The Sunday walkers

 

Thursday walk from Great Dalby.

March 3, 2016 by

On Thursday, 3rd March, 2016, a bright clear day afforded us lovely views from the top of Burrough Hill.  As we neared the summit, very slippery conditions under foot made us be very careful.  Progress was slow as we picked our way along the County Road where four wheel drive vehicles had caused huge ruts on the surface of this ancient highway.  We walked through the wood on the north slopes of the hill before joining a sheep track which took us to the summit.

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Burrough Hill, East Leicestershire

Our return route was via Moscow farm along narrow lanes and field roads. All returned safely to the “Royal Oak” public house for our lunch.

 


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