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Statement under Data Protection Act, 2018

October 9, 2018

The following statement has been composed by Andy Thompson, Chairman of LFA.

“As you know with the Data Protection Act of 2018 the rules have tightened on securely holding data about people.  We at LFA have always taken the matter seriously.  Any information that we hold about members is solely for the purpose of providing members with information about the LFA and its activities.  The information is held securely by the Membership Secretary and no information is ever passed on to third parties for any purpose whatever.  At any time a member may request to review their personal data held or that their personal data held be deleted”


Children in need walk on Friday

October 5, 2018

On a favourable day for walking the section of the Leicestershire Round from Foxton village to Bruntingthorpe, the take up by the public was disappointing.  A representative from Radio Leicester did a live broadcast at Foxton village hall and walked with LFA members of the Tuesday group to Shearsby.  Parked outside the village public house were some vintage cars, a Morgan Nash (1923 year) with a Riley behind. The owner ofa 1934 Vauxhall, kindly gave a lift to the reporter back to Foxton.  This first picture is of our group at a “kissing gate” just short of Saddington.

What is most noticeable about the walk is the number of old stiles which have disappeared and  have been replaced by gates. Thus making progress along the route so much easier. In the fields to the south of Fleckney, contractors are in the process of building many new homes which will impact on the Leicestershire Round.

On arriving at Shearsby, our first port of call was the public house which is open on a Friday lunch time.  Refreshment taken our walk continued after viewing once again the vintage cars.


Grace Dieu Priory

August 25, 2018

When travelling on the A512 road between Shepshed and Ashby De La Zouch, the ruins of the priory can be seen on the left side of the road before the turn off to Thringstone is reached. Just before the turn off enter the car park of “The Bulls Head”.  Park in the top left side of the car park where you can join a footpath which will take you to the ruins. You will pass under a railway bridge which once carried the railway line between Loughborough and Coalville.  Turn left and follow the path until you come to a railway viaduct with seven arches. Continue on the path and watch for a wide gate within 200 yards on your right, which when passed through will take you to the ruins.

The priory came into being around 1235-1241 as a house for Augustan canonesses. By 1377 the priory had 16 nuns with a hospital for twelve people attached.

In 1538 the priory was dissolved because of the lower incomes received and therefore of less importance.  One notice board on the east wall gives further information as to its design and how the complex would have looked.

You will notice the surrounding woodland area is particularly attractive and has many paths which you are welcome to enjoy. If you locate the Grace Dieu brook, a path will take you in a southerly direction for some way. Notice some of the large boulders in the brook. The woodland is in the National Forest but predates its inception by many years. Entry to the ruins is entirely free as the upkeep is managed by friends of the priory. When returning on your walk, why not take advantage of the carvery at the “Bull’s Head” which on a Monday to Saturday is only £6.49p per person.



Update on Webmaster

July 29, 2018

Good news is being relayed by his wife from Lincoln Hospital on our webmaster who continues to make good progress. According to his nurse he is doing very well.  He is sitting up in bed, having meals.  Under going physio sessions.  He would like to get home now. Clearly his condition is improving each day and his wish to be back at home may soon be fulfilled. Let us all hope so!

Update on Webmaster from Lincoln Hospital

July 24, 2018

I have been informed by his wife of encouraging news. He is now breathing mostly on his own and is almost off the sedation and is responding to questions etc. although not able to speak yet.  This is a huge improvement since being admitted. I will remain in contact with his wife and will post another update later in the week.

On behalf of all our members, I send special wishes for a full recovery from his present illness.

Our Webmaster is in Lincoln Hospital

July 21, 2018

I have to report some disturbing news concerning our webmaster who is in Lincoln Hospital, following transfer from Grantham Hospital.  Apparently he had been coughing substantially for a couple of weeks and went into hospital.  He has pneumonia but so far he is not responding to treatment.  His wife is at his bedside. As soon as I have further news, I will do another post.



Warden Appeal for Leicestershire Round

July 18, 2018

Following the retirement of the current warden, a vacancy has arisen for a volunteer warden for part of the Roman High Cross Section between Burbage and Barwell, a distance of two and a half miles.

The volunteer Wardens Scheme was reintroduced nearly six years ago with the intention of ensuring the trouble free passage for fellow walkers along the route of the Leicestershire Round.  Volunteers are expected to check their adopted section at least once a year and report any problems i.e. obstructions, damage to stiles etc. on the route. 

I respectfully appeal to all members of Leicestershire Footpath Association, particularly those who live near to Burbage or Barwell, to consider volunteering for what I think is a rewarding role within the LFA.

If you would like to volunteer or would like further information, please contact me on 01664 812510

Thank you in anticipation

David Williams

Morley quarry, South of Shepshed

July 17, 2018

Just by chance whilst walking in the Shepshed area, I discovered this disused quarry.  I was walking along Iveshead lane and noticed the access path to the quarry.  I discovered Charnwood Borough Council manage this disused stone quarry as a local nature reserve.  Information boards are placed in various places and are very informative about the age of the rocks, wild flowers and toads.  There is a small pond which is a breeding ground for the common toad.

In the event you would wish to visit the quarry by motor car there is a car park.  Access is by Iveshead road.  200 metres along this road turn left into Morley Road may be sign post to the cricket ground.




Shackerstone Station footbridge

July 5, 2018

It is disappointing to report the station footbridge remains out of use.  The Railway Trust having failed to comply with a Magistrates’ Court order for the repairs to be concluded by April of this year.  Our secretary is in correspondence with the rights of way team at County Hall who wait legal advice on how to proceed. The first temporary closure order was made on the 15th December, 2011 and the problem of repairing the footbridge does revolve over financial resources being made available to restore the footbridge in a safe manner.

Our Association is concerned over the length of time being taken to rectify the dangerous station bridge.  Fortunately the County Council did obtain a temporary permissive route for walkers on the Leicestershire Round to bypass the station.  It is important to remain positive and further legal proceedings to follow, will hopefully find a resolution to the long standing problem.

I would like to thank those people who have emailed reports to our Association on the situation on the ground concerning the footbridge remaining closed.



Saturday – Three churches walk

June 2, 2018

15 walkers met at Stoke Albany for today’s walk from this village in Northamptonshire, which is just off the A427 road from Market Harborough to Corby.  Grey skies overhead, some breeze with promise of humid conditions later in the day.  The walk started from the church and minor paths to the West of the village were safely negotiated before  joining the Jurassic Way which would take us over some wonderful rolling countryside to Brampton Ash church.

One member came to the rescue of a lamb which had caught its neck in some wire, attracted by grass growing on the other side of the fence.  Below Brampton Ash church spire viewed from a hill above Stoke wood.

The walk continued on the Midshires Way through undulating countryside before reaching the village of Ashley where a well deserved sandwich lunch was taken.  Just another two miles back to the start of the walk at Stoke Albany.  The leader was thanked for a memorable walk.

Ashley Church