Tuesday Walk August 8th

August 4, 2017 by


Because of closed roads approach Ashby Folville from South Croxton .

Note: no direct access from Twyford or Gaddesby.


Wednesday short walk Sept 13th from Sutton Cheney

July 28, 2017 by

Please note that the above walk will be from the Royal Arms Hotel and not the Manor Hotel as listed on the Summer programme.


Roger w.

Wed July 12th Short walk Alexton (Sweet Hedges Farm)

July 3, 2017 by

This walk from sweet hedges farm is part of the Leicestershire round centenary walk, unfortunately starting the the walk from sweet hedges Farm would put an extra 1.5 miles on the walk, so i`m happy to let you know that Linda L has come up with a plan to keep the walk within our usual limits.

Would walkers please please meet at Alexton village and near to the village notice board as possible, parking in the village is restricted so if you can car share that would help. Also there will be no toilets available so make sure your ablutions are sorted before the walk (This does not apply to gents). A menu will be available to enable walkers to book a lunch at Sweet Hedges Farm which we will drive to after the walk.

Roger W

Thursday 13th July – change of venue

June 29, 2017 by

Just shows how popular walking is and the impact walking groups have on the viability of pubs.

Gate Hangs Well Syston

Gate Hangs Well Syston

We will now be meeting at The Gate Hangs Well at Syston on Thursday 13/07/2017.

Our original venue of the Royal Oak Cossington already have a party of 20+ walkers booked in so we have moved 5 minutes down the road.

Long walks on Weds June 28th and Weds July 12th

June 23, 2017 by

Please note that the leader for both these walks who is Mike R has changed his phone number from 2331519 to 2336686. Would you please amend your programme accordingly.

Roger W.

Out of area

June 23, 2017 by

An out of area story but one worth telling to encourage the reporting of problems even if you are not planning to return to the area. In 2010-11 I did a long walk from Chepstow to Berwick upon Tweed ‘The Great English Walk’. I encountered a few issues along the way so took time afterward each days walking to report these. I never expected to get back to see if improvements had been made but hoped my effort would benefit those who later used the same paths.

Biddulph FP 77 bridge installed 2011

Biddulph FP 77 bridge installed 2011

In Staffordshire I used an unsigned path at Biddulph which crossed a stream. I reported the missing signs and bridge. In a letter of February 2011 Staffordshire County Council said, ” Public Footpath No. 77 Biddulph Town…..The path has been inspected and a job sheet has been issued for two new fingerposts, path clearance work and the installation  of a new 12 ft sleeper bridge.”  In October 2011 I received a follow up letter. “I am pleased to inform you that the earlier problem you reported concerning the above public right of way has now been resolved; the path has been cleared, two new fingerposts and a new 12 ft bridge has been installed.”

On Saturday 17th June 2017 I had the first opportunity to use the path again. I was delighted to find the path, easy to find, well walked and the stream safe to cross on the substantial bridge.

Rippin Memorial Path

June 22, 2017 by

I trust many members will have walked the above footpath in memory of William Hercock Rippin, (born 3rd May, 1871, died 9th August, 1949).  At his death he was Chairman of our Association.  At our last committee meeting it was learned of the theft of a bronze plaque erected at the bottom of the footpath on the North Western slope of Beacon Hill had been stolen.  This was presumably for its scrap value.

The 61 acres to accommodate this footpath was donated.  An appeal by our Association raised £366.15s.11p towards the laying out of the land by the erection of a wall and planting of trees.  The official opening of this footpath took place on Saturday, 2nd May, 1953.  A special coach was used to convey members to the opening which left Humberstone Gate at 3.00pm at two shillings per head.

The bronze tablet set on a foundation block of local stone, and the memorial stone was set on that.  The picture below of the plaque was taken by Ken Brockway.  Your committee will further discuss the loss of the plaque at its next meeting on the 5th July.

Rippin plaque



Wednesday short walk June 21st Somerby (The Stilton Cheese)

June 18, 2017 by

Please note that there is limited parking at the Stliton cheese, however arrangements have been made for walkers to park on the Somerby Memorial Hall car park, which is on the main road next to the Stilton Cheese. Sorry about the delay in publishing this post but walkers have been informed on previous walks.

Roger w.

Wednesday walk 31st May from Belton In Rutland (The Sun Inn)

May 24, 2017 by

Please note that the Sun Inn will not be open at any time during the day, so lunches and toilets will not be available. The walk will start from the Sun Inn as normal but if walkers require lunch then they will need to make their own arrangements after the walk.

Roger W.

Leicestershire Round (& Hound) Event

May 19, 2017 by

Two local charities, Leicester Animal Aid and PROST aid, combined to organise a fund raising event based on walking the Leicestershire Round. It was not only for raising money but to promote walking for health.  The idea was to break the ‘Round’ into eleven reasonably equal sections and entrants to get sponsorship to walk one section of their choice with or without their dog. Thus the event title of Round and Hound.

We , the L.F.A. who created the ‘Round’, were approached for our advice and possible help in leading the walks. Cindy West our Secretary and others, liaised with the two charities over a period of time, culminating in a well organised event on Sunday May 14th. The event was publicised on Radio Leicester and gave our President, Brian Jenkinson, the opportunity to promote the L.F.A. in general and the new ‘Round’ book in particular. The charities also featured and thanked the L.F.A. in their literature

On the day the weather was mostly sunny but for the Foxton to Bruntingthorpe group at least, a short hailstorm near the end could have been done without. I think drowned rats was mentioned.  Organisers, Leaders and participants  are to be congratulated on a job well done. Who knows ,it may be repeated.


A Group at Bradgate

The Start From Foxton including  Dave  Daines ,Jenny Thompson and Rick Satchwell of LFA

We wish to thank all our volunteers for  their time and effort which was not just on the day. So thanks to Tom Brooks & Anne Constable, Robert Hancock & Pete Chaplin, Nigel Bedford & John Millward, Dave Williams & Bob Wade, Rick Satchwell & Dave Daines. If anyone has been missed please accept our apologies. One L.F.A. member, Jenny Thompson, entered and raised over £200  but we don’t know the total for the event yet.