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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.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, Station Road, Rearsby.

October 10, 2017

On page 24 of the new “Leicestershire Round” guide book, a map of Rearsby shows the convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph.  I have walked many times along the section of footpath from Rearsby (packhorse bridge) to Rearsby Road.  I was always intrigued as to what lay behind the high wall protecting the convent. The picture below now reveals the hidden convent building.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace were founded in 1884 in Nottingham, a religious congregation of women to promote the peace of the church both by work and word.

For your information it is now the former home of the religious order.  I read in the “Leicester Mercury”, (Saturday edition 7th October), planning permission has been secured for the conversion of the main building into eight dwellings, together with the erection of three new bungalows and five houses.  This type of development follows many others in Leicestershire and neighbouring counties, where large residences are bought up and become multiple apartments.

Rippin Memorial Path

June 22, 2017

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



Thursday walk from Hungarton

August 8, 2016

Sixteen members supported the walk of under five miles from the “Black Boy Inn”, at Hungarton.  On a fine day for walking, our group passed through the village before eventually joining the Midshires Way.  The group photograph was taken close to Car Bridge.

Walkers at Carr Bridge.

Walkers at Carr Bridge.

There then followed a most picturesque walk through Baggrave water gardens.  Joining the road the group walked uphill with Baggrave Hall on our left.  At top, a right turn took us in the direction of Waterloo Lodge.  A left turn then took us on a diagonal footpath across to the Hungarton Road before arriving back for lunch at the “Black Boy Inn”.  Towards the start of the walk a number of horses became curious as to who was invading their field as the picture below illustrates.  Many thanks to Angela for calming the horses.

Horses at Hungarton


Canal access points project

July 4, 2016

I anticipate members who have volunteered for the above project have found out interesting information on the ground.  Heather, her daughter Alisoun, and myself have joined  together to combine the project with short circular walks.  Today we started from Husbands Bosworth and walked footpath A1 before joining the towpath taking us towards Theddingworth.  This towpath is dangerous in places, holes, long grass, and embankment slipping into the canal.  A major obstacle was discovered shortly after joining the towpath.  A fallen small branch was lying across the towpath.

Fallen section of tree blocking towpath near Husbands Boswoth

Fallen section of tree blocking towpath near Husbands Boswoth

Alisoun and myself had an attempt at sawing through the branch with a wire saw but unfortunately we failed in our attempt.  A proper saw was needed for the task.

We have found how friendly the boat users are in discussing with us their knowledge on access.  Theirs is a way of life which they clearly enjoy and their knowledge of the network of canals allows them to explore a large area of our country.


Thursday walk from Hallaton

June 9, 2016

Eighteen members supported the walk from Hallaton.   I noticed in a field adjacent to the “Fox Inn”, two Shetland ponies accompanied by two goats.  DSC01411Our walk left Hallaton by the school playing field, following the Leicestershire Round to Cranoe.  A short stop for refreshment was taken before the group set off uphill walking in a northerly direction on a well defined bridleway.  The farmer has complained of four wheel drive vehicles using this route illegally and we did observe two abandoned vehicles lined up near a hedge.DSC01414Our return route to Hallaton was across wide open fields of wheat and oil seed rape.  Wonderful views of the countryside were afforded to us on what was a scenic walk.  Many thanks to Angela for the route taken and for the excellent meal we all enjoyed at the “Fox Inn”.

Thursday walk from Appleby Magna on 26.05.16.

May 26, 2016
The Dovecote

The Dovecote

Our walk started from the “Crown Inn”, Appleby Magna.  The church of St. Michaels and all angels can be seen.

St. Michaels and all Angels church

St. Michaels and all Angels church

The walk commenced on a footpath through the car park of the “Crown Inn” (just to the front of the white tables).  Crossing a small brook we turned left through the grounds of the Moat House.  This is a grade 11 listed building dating back to medieval England.  George and Joyce De Appleby lived at the house. George was slain in the battle of Musselborough Field, Scotland (1547).  Joyce was burned at the steak at Lichfield for failing to adhere to the Roman Catholic religion in the reign of Queen Mary 1st (1553-1558).

The picture above far right is of the dovecote in the garden of the  Moat House below.

The Moat House.

Leaving the village we walked across prairie fields of rye grass which is used for hay making and bedding for animals. We noticed at Cottage Farm a grass landing strip for a micro light plane had been laid out and later on the walk we saw it fly above our heads. We continued down the farm drive to Norton Juxta Twycross and stopped at the village hall for refreshments.   Following on a photograph of the group was taken against the background of wisteria.

DSC01406Our walk continued through cornfields where footpaths were well marked out. One grass field was particularly difficult to walk through and members struggled to keep on their feet.


Arriving back at Appleby Magna we walked through the village to the Sir. John Moore school built in 1697 based on the design of Sir Christopher Wren.   Sir John became Lord Mayor of London in 1681 during the reign of Charles the second.

Sir John Moore school

Sir John Moore school




Water-hazard planked but!!

May 12, 2016

On a nice afternoon, I decided to inspect a new foot plank which has dealt with a recurrent problem of stepping off the stile into water which goes over the top of your boots.  This problem had been on the Leicestershire Round between Leire and Frolesworth on footpath W70.

New foot plank erected by LCC

New foot plank erected by LCC

The above photograph shows the plank in position.  You will notice from the next two photographs a field of oil seed rape is gradually encroaching onto the footpath making it difficult for walkers to pass along the footpath.  The first photograph below illustrates the footpath when walking from Frolesworth towards Leire. You can just see Leire Church just to the left of the footpath waymark post. The next photograph was taken walking westwards from Leire and a tractor has been driven along the correct line of the footpath BUT no proper width has been left for walkers.  As you emerge onto the Leire to Frolesworth Road the footpath sign post is missing but was found lying down in the road side hedge covered by foliage.  The missing way marker post has already been reported to LCC. and the encroaching rape crop will be reported.


Looking towards Leire.

Looking towards Leire.

Looking westwards from Leire

Looking westwards from Leire



Thursday walk from Bunny village, Nottinghamshire

May 7, 2016

Eight members assembled in Bunny village for a six mile walk over our county boarder on 5th May.  It was a beautiful sunny day as we left the “Rancliffe Arms”.  Our walk took us to Bunny Hill which is a managed nature reserve and we were treated to a wonderful display of wild flowers.  The woodland floor had a carpet of blue bells intermingled with yellow celandines.  We were walked up through the woods, then along and down. Later was seen wild cowslips covering a large section of a grass field.  From the top of Bunny Hill, a sea of yellow met our eyes.  I counted 20 oil seed rape fields.  A panoramic view of the countryside to the north  was afforded to us with the church of St. Mary being prominent.

St. Mary Church, Bunny

St. Mary Church, Bunny


Members in Bunny Wood

Members in Bunny Wood