September 30, 2015
Having walked around the Leicestershire border in 2014 I was looking for a new challenge walk for 2015 so again looked close to home. Lincolnshire was an option, immediately dismissed as flat and walker unfriendly. Nottinghamshire looked promising until exploring the north of the county and that distinctive point, a no go area cut off from the rest of the county by the River Idle. Derbyshire was suggested by a comment on the blog and was helped by the High Sherriff having circumnavigated his county in 2014.
Longhorse Bridge over the River Trent the boundary between Leicestershire and Derbyshire (See section 6)
Netherseal southern point of the county and resting place of Sir Nigel Gresley (see section 8)
So that was it, 220 miles around the border of Derbyshire. I’m reluctant to say that it was far more varied and interesting than Leicestershire. Very urban along the east side with lots of old industry. The south was obviously much like the Leicestershire walk as it shared the boundary although I found different paths to follow. Rounding the foot of the county my route soon followed the river Dove which inevitably leads to that honeypot destination Dovedale.
Having entered the Peak District there is little comparison with our home county and the walk got better and better. I invite you to follow my footsteps here.
September 22, 2015
Waiting in the shadows
Your card copy of the winter walks programme will be dropping through letter boxes very soon but you can preview the walks on the website NOW at LFA Walks Programme page. Can we also remind leaders that you should have read a copy of our “Check List and Information for Leaders 2013” which is available on this page. Leaders also please report any changes to your walk so that the website details can be amended, please email or report to your walk organiser.
Thank you and happy walking to all.
September 17, 2015
On Sunday 15th September, I took advantage of viewing and climbing the Ullesthorpe Subscription windmill dating from 1800. This visit was prompted following a recent Thursday walk when walkers passed by the mill.
This photograph was taken from the Chequers Inn car park. This tower mill is an impressive example of milling technology before the general use of cast iron. The tower is made of brick and the main parts are of wooden machinery.
I learned the Kibworth Harcourt mill was also open and I drove to it via Gilmorton, Peatling Magna, Bruntingthorpe, and Saddington. This can be described as a post mill and was built in the 18th century. Features seen were spring and common sails, tailpole, head and tail millstones, two hoists and a flour dresser.
These old mills were built to last and this made me wonder whether newly erected wind turbines would still be with us in two hundred years time!
Brian Jenkinson, (Hon Sec. Leicestershire Footpath Association)
September 16, 2015
I hope you are all well. I am sorry but I am having to make a change to the walk I am leading later this month
Thursday Walk 24th September 2015
This walk will now start at THE GREYHOUND, 25 Melton Road, BURTON-ON-THE-WOLDS LE12 5AG
Unfortunately the pub at Walton-on-the-Wolds is having to have some building work done on the kitchen and they will not be able to cater for us. Please try to let everyone you know about this change of venue.
September 13, 2015
Seat on Leicestershire Round at Gumley
So many years, so many miles of footpath walking Jim Mason had walked the paths of Leicestershire ‘man and boy’ and became a key member of the LFA committee, as our Rambles secretary. With his knowledge of paths, we reckoned he knew every path in Leicestershire. He could remember the names of every landowner and farmer he had contact with when doing his work for the County Council in preserving and improving stiles, footbridges and painting and erecting those yellow topped way mark posts which point out the route on the Leicestershire Round.
He was a good companion on many a long mile in this and neighbouring counties. He was tireless, observant and appreciative of all the countryside we passed though and was knowledgeable and fun to be with.
He never missed a chance to do helpful practical tasks for anyone and was loved by all those who came into contact with him. Jim died at Harley House Nursing Home on Saturday 12th September 2015.
September 7, 2015
It rained endlessly on the Monday but as often happens the Tuesday walkers enjoyed a good morning and paused by the picturesque lake at Rolleston on the way to Goadby then back to Tugby. The ‘short’ walkers also enjoyed a stroll to the lake and back. My piece of string said the main route was 6 miles. One walker’s G.P.S. said 6.2 miles and another said 5.98 miles. long live string. It was a hilly route so I wonder if one of them accounted for ups and downs and one didn’t? -Does anyone know?
September 4, 2015
After a good walk we usually need to sit down, relax, even take a snooze so here is the perfect chair for the weary walker to settle in.
Jane Revitt’s Map Chair
September 1, 2015
The walk on Thursday 17th September will start at The Countryman in Sharnford.
August 31, 2015
On Saturday 29th August I was walking in the Brooksby area so decided to take a look at the diverstion of footpath H56 which had been proposed by Network Rail to remove a level crossing of the Wreake Valley line between Melton Mowbray and Leicester.
Leicestershire Footpath Association had not objected to the proposal which took the path over a road level crossing which is controlled by lights and barriers. We did make comment as to the condition of the new path and I’m delighted to report that the new path is excellent.
Looking along the new path towards the road
The old crossing had been used by a group of our walkers some time back so we have a picture of the old route which made an oblique crossing the line adding to the time walkers were at potential risk.
A railway level footpath crossing soon to vanish if Network Rail have their way