The Leicestershire Footpath Association has detailed records back to its re-launch in 1887 but there are reports of the Association protecting Leicestershire footpaths back to 1850, see our history page. Today the important work of footpath and open space preservation and protection remains the fundamental aim of the Association but members can now use the paths safe in the knowledge that the network is professionally protected, recorded and maintained by the County Council.
We maintain a careful watch on all legislation, both national and local, that has a bearing on rights of way. All local orders for diversion or closure of public paths are examined by a committee who meet every six weeks. When the public interest seems to be threatened, representations are made to the appropriate authorities, frequently with notable success.
Many signposts have been erected, obstructions cleared and foot bridges replaced as a result of the Association’s efforts. Members have also published books of walks to promote the network of paths that covers the entire county. It is by walking the paths that they will best be preserved and regular walks are held throughout the year. A programme of walks is sent to members twice yearly.
The Association is financed solely by membership subscriptions. If you believe the preservation of these ancient and beautiful rights of way is worthwhile then why not join us? You will be most welcome as a member and on the regular walks. See our contact page for membership details. View our Constitution