Tuesday walk, 20th February, 2018.

February 20, 2018 by

Walkers waiting directions from the leader

Our leader who guided us well

By special arrangement the walk started from the “Cock Inn” at Peatling Magna.  Twenty five walkers did the longer walk of nearly six miles.  The ground was saturated in places following overnight rain. Some slopes were slippery and good balance was necessary in places.  Fortunately there were no ploughed fields to cross.  There were at least fourteen stiles, some of which were in a bad state of repair.

The walk started  by joining the Leicestershire Round and walking towards Willoughby Waterleys.  Joining the Mere Road and continued in a southerly direction and then joining footpath Y20 taking us towards Bruntingthorpe.  It was on this footpath where difficult stiles were met.  Those in a dangerous position will be notified to LCC.

All walkers made a safe return to Peatling Magna and enjoyed refreshment at the “Cock Inn”


Ken finding this stile challenging and unsafe


Cafe Allez! at Belvoir Castle visitor car park

February 13, 2018 by

Another purveyor of refreshments inviting us to give them a try. Not suitable for a large group to descend and not an area likely to attract a large group walk from LFA but could be worth a try if you are out this way.



Hello Cindy,

We’re really pleased to announce that Cafe Allez! has launched a pop-up café service at the Belvoir Castle visitor car park, from Van Henri, our Citroen HY van.  This will run most weekends – and weekdays when the castle is open to the public – with kind permission from the Belvoir Castle team.

I think that we have the prime location in the Vale of Belvoir, with stunning views down into the Vale and great routes out to us.

We will serve barista coffees of the highest quality, along with teas, cakes, hot chocolates, and home-made flapjacks with no butter or sugar (subject to availability).

We accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay and iPay

We have plentiful seating available and there is access to the toilet block

As you’ll appreciate, we make each drink to order so whilst we’ll serve all as quickly as we can, there will be a wait if a large group arrives en masse!

Our schedule is published on our Facebook page and this is the place to check before travelling:


Hopefully see you soon – and spread the word!

Mark at bCafé Allez!
0778 685 4794

Rippin Memorial Path – plaque

February 8, 2018 by

Back in June 2017 we reported the sad new that the bronze plaque at the foot of the Rippin Memorial Path had been stolen see (Link to report) we can now report that a modern plastic replacement had been installed see picture below.

Our thanks to Clive and Leicestershire County County Council staff who have seen this project through to a satisfactory conclusion.

Detail of the revised inscription

Detail of the revised inscription

Footpaths signs

January 30, 2018 by

Not a Leicestershire sign but one made by the Royal Label Factory


From Graces Guide:

Royal Label Factory of Stratford upon Avon

1874 Established to make labels for Queen Victoria’s gardens at Sandringham.

Continued as part of the Ministry of Public Building and Works, supplying up to half of the signposts and fingerposts for counties and town councils in the 1930s

c.1963 The Royal Label Factory moved to Chipping Norton, where it provided a ‘Design & Build’ service for traffic signs and street furniture for construction companies all over the UK as well as for a large number of local authorities, including their core client, Oxfordshire County Council.

Now part of Leander Architectural

A walk from Stapleton

January 21, 2018 by

Calling All Ramblers! (starts a recently received email. No recommendation from LFA but Emilia and Jason are certainly offering a service we could use.)

The Nags Head Stapleton

The Nags Head Stapleton

Start your New Year’s walk from The Nags Head in Stapleton!

This is what we can offer you:

• Complementary tea and coffee at the start of your walk while you choose your lunch order
• Excellent lunch menu – from light bites to hearty home cooked meals
• Walker’s lunch-time special – 2 meals for only £12!
• Dog-friendly environment
• Big garden
• Generous parking
Ideal location to start walk in many directions, Market Bosworth, Sutton Cheney, Darlington and many more
Normal opening midday Tuesday – Sunday
Let us know when you’re coming – we will open for you!

Emilia & Jason

our full menu on website The Nags Head – menu page

Try this 6 mile walk (from webmaster)

A 6 mile walk from Stapleton near Barwell Leicestershire

A 6 mile walk from Stapleton near Barwell Leicestershire

Wednesday 31st January – Long Walk

January 9, 2018 by

The starting point is now: The Red Lion,Main Street,Huncote,Leics,LE9 3AU
and not as shown on the printed programme.

Regards Rob & Pete

AGM Saturday 24th February – new venue

January 7, 2018 by

The Elms Social Club Bushloe End, Wigston LE18 2BA

In a change to the printed walks programme the 2018 AGM will not again be at Woodhouse Eaves. The Baptist church has been a good venue for many years but the time has come to move on with an opportunity to take a different walk following the meeting.

Formal notice of the AGM with details of the venue will arrive to members by post but we offer this advance notice that the 2018 AGM will be at The Elms Social Club Bushloe End, Wigston LE18 2BA.


Summer walks Programme

January 3, 2018 by

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to lead a walk (or two) in our summer programme. There are now only 5 weeks on each of the long and short walk calendars to fill.

It is not too late to volunteer and it we want to give everyone to opportunity to lead a walk. This also helps to spread the work load amongst the wider membership to ease the demands on the core group of regular walk leaders.

The vacancies are as follows:

Short walks: 4/4/18, 11/4/18, 25/4/18, 15/8/18, 29/8/18.

Long Walks: 25/7/18, 15/8/18, 29/8/18, 12/9/18, 26/9/18.

If you are thinking of leading a walk but are not sure about doing so, please contact us for more information.

Please E mail or telephone if you would like to lead one of the above walks.

Best wishes.

Pete and Robert

Wednesday Rambles organisers

Wednesday short walk 24/1/18

December 31, 2017 by

Ian Woods, has kindly informed us that The Bell at Burton Overy are unable to provide  their normal lunch menu for the LFA walk he is leading on 24/1/18 due to unforseen circumstances. However they will be offering a selection of sandwiches.

Can we take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Pete and Robert

Wednesday Rambles Organisers

Tuesday 19th December

December 20, 2017 by

On a sunny morning about 30 walkers enjoyed a leaderless ramble round Bradgate Park. This has become the practice on the last Tuesday walk before Christmas as family commitments and numbers are unpredictable. Most went up to ‘Old John’ as you can see. Quite a few of us think the land on which  ‘Old John’ sits has been steadily rising over the years. Why else would we puff?.

Here’s wishing you all a Happy Christmas.