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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

Tuesday short walk from Asfordby

May 22, 2018

Crown Inn, Asfordby

Members met at the above inn before commencing on their weekly walk.  The front of the building looks as though it might be a converted house. In fact this was an eighteenth century coaching inn.  We were made most welcome and at the end of the walk a two course meal for £7.50p was enjoyed.

The short walk of approximately three miles, commenced along Main Street towards Melton Mowbray.  A footpath was taken on the right hand side of the road to the village of Kirby Bellars.  The church of St. Peter dominates the local landscape.  It has an impressive tower and has an ashlar spire with low broaches, early 1300 hundreds.

This picture was taken from the bank of the River Wreake.  Washdyke Lane afforded us access to the village. Passing over the river we found evidence of the old canal created by the Melton Mowbray Navigation. Two locks were installed in the late 1790’s and the canal was closed in 1877.  The second lock is at Asfordby which we also saw.  A visit to the church was made. Ironstone tower, worn by the weather. A notice advised us of the theft of lead from the roof of the church.  Our walk continued through meadow land, carpeted by buttercups before crossing between the lakes on our way to Asfordby.  The site of the Old Asfordby mill was inspected before walking along Pump Lane and Main Street.

Golden oldies on the Tuesday walk from Huncote

May 15, 2018

The start of this walk was from the “Red Lion” at Huncote.  After a short walk along Croft Road, our group turned eastwards into the nature reserve lying beside the artificial hill.  This is just south of the Croft quarry and constructed by the quarry company.  In perfect conditions a small pond was skirted, before joining a board walk taking us towards the river Soar.  The quarry company have constructed two footbridges over the river which now provides a through route to Croft.

Our walk continued to the second footbridge and then in a southerly direction beside the Leicester to Birmingham railway line. A small break was taken for refreshment at the cricket ground before continuing into Croft village. Croft pastures is well worth a visit which is a nature area managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust. The second picture illustrates a line of bushes of may blossom at its most striking..

The river Soar was once more crossed before entering “The Glebe”.  This is a woodland area managed by the Woodland Trust with many Horse Chestnut trees.  Passing the cemetery and crossing the Croft Road, the path in the wood adjoining the road took us back to Huncote.  Wild flowers and a variety of trees were seen with some large patches of pink Campion.  The last picture was taken along this path.

This walk of four miles took us 2hrs and 30 minutes.  Walkers took refreshment in the “Red Lion” and enjoyed memories of what had turned out to be a glorious day.

Bluebell walk at Launde Big Wood

May 9, 2018

On the 8th May, I visited Launde Big Wood to view the bluebells.  Blue sky, sunshine and a gentle breeze made ideal conditions to undertake this walk of approximately ninety minutes.

The wood is located to the west of the minor road between Loddington and Launde Abbey.  Park on the roadside at grid reference SK795034.  Follow the bridleway C73A which descends downhill on a farm track.  At the bottom of the hill continue straight on to the wood and enter by the handgate, adjacent to the information Board.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust manage this ancient woodland.  There is a circular walk through and around the wood.  Follow the “ride” proceeding south to north and then at the top of the rise, turn left and follow the track

Trees are varieties of oak, ash and maple. Bluebells cover the woodland floor and other varieties of wild plants are the pale blue wood Forget-Me-Not and red campion.  If you have a couple of hours to spare in the next few days, why not visit the wood and after your walk, have lunch or tea at Launde Abbey.


Temporary closure of the Nags Head public House, Stapleton

May 2, 2018

Members may recall being advised about a special deal at the above public house, encouraging walks to be started from the public house.  An enticement was offered for free coffee before the walk started.  How welcome that would have been.

A recent visit to the public house discovered due to a change of managers, lunches were not being served for a while.  Therefore if you are arranging a walk from the Nags Head in the near future, please be aware of the changed situation.

In difficult trading times, I am sure all walk leaders are aware of the necessity to check your chosen public house venue is still trading and food is available.


Shackerstone Station Footbridge

April 5, 2018

Members will recall this footbridge was deemed unsafe by the County Council and the first temporary closure order was issued on the 15th December, 2011.  The Railway Trust who were deemed responsible for the repairs have always stated there was insufficient funds to carry out the repairs.  A series of further closure orders followed.  Last year the County Council obtained a Magistrates’ Court order  for the Railway Trust to carry out the necessary repairs and for this work to be concluded in April 2018.  It is now necessary to check the situation on the ground.  If any member is walking near the station towards the end of April, would you mind checking the situation on the ground and report your findings back to our Secretary either by email or telephone.  In the event of the work not being done, it will be necessary  for our Secretary to contact the County Council to ascertain the next legal action.

For those walking the Leicestershire Round, the diversion below has been agreed by the County Council with a local landowner.  This should be clearly marked on the ground.  At page 102 in the new Leicestershire Round booklet the diversion is mentioned and indicated on the map on page 100.

Temporary diversion of S68 at Shackerstone station

Temporary diversion of S68 at Shackerstone station



Tuesday walk, 20th February, 2018.

February 20, 2018

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 condition 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

Riverside Park, Aylestone -Mural on wall

December 19, 2017

On a cold but bright morning, myself and friend Frank walked along the Grand Union Canal and then gained access to the disused Great Central railway line today.  I had read in the Leicester Mercury of a mural which had been painted legitimately onto a wall at the approach to Riverside Park.  The entrance is from Aylestone Road, just past Grace Road, signposted travelling into the city. We were surprised at the quality of the painting and its vividness.  WHY not pay a visit and see it for yourself!  

Dog attack on member of our Association

October 18, 2017

On Sunday 15th October, a female member of our Association was attacked by a husky dog on footpath V35.  This right of way leaves the Sapcote Road and crosses a camp site before entering Freeholt wood at grid reference SP462939.

Using her mobile phone to contact emergency services an ambulance arrived and she was taken to hospital.  Two pints of blood had been lost from a flesh wound on her left calf.

The police attended hospital and took details of the attack.  The police helicopter assisted in the search for the dog.  No trace of the dog was found on the camp site or in the surrounding area.

Best wishes are extended to our member and for a full recovery from this unfortunate and distressing incident.