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Tuesday Walk 12th Dec. Air Ambulance collection

December 13, 2017

After an icy walk by 25 hardy members  a total of about 60 LFA members joined in a Christmas Lunch, organised by Rick, at The Shires Peatling Magna.  Festive head gear and jumpers helped make it a happy social occasion.

As usual, a collection was made for the Air Ambulance Charity with an excellent result of £130. See the Thank you receipt.


Tuesday Walk August 8th

August 4, 2017


Because of closed roads approach Ashby Folville from South Croxton .

Note: no direct access from Twyford or Gaddesby.

1904 Map

February 27, 2017

A reprint of the LFA’s 1904 map is now available for viewing online.

charnwood-forest-map-small“In 1895 the committee were instructed to consider the possibility of publishing a map of footpaths within a radius of eight miles of Leicester. This resulted in the issue of our footpath map in 1904 (link to map page), which has been instrumental of keeping open many paths which otherwise would have been lost. The work in carrying out this was immense, and the care taken such that there have since been very few disputes about the maps marked.
The public owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. A. J. Gimson, Mr. C. H. Green and Mr. Berry, especially in this connection, and few will realise the enormous amount of labour this map entailed.”

From: A short History of the Leicestershire Footpath Association by Harry H. Peach – A paper prepared for the Countryside and Footpaths Preservation National Conference, Leicester, October 13th 1928. (read more)

General George Augustus

February 12, 2017


A popular pub with members of the Leicestershire Footpath Association is the General Elliott at Willoughby Waterleys. There are some good walks in the area and the Leicestershire Round passes through the village. Who was this General Elliott and why does he have a pub named after him?

There are numerous pubs named the Marquis of Granby (the title used by the eldest son of the Dukes of Rutland). It is said that some time back because a Marquis gave a helping hand to men from his regiment to set up a public house, in appreciation they named the house after the benefactor.

A similar story may have been lost to explain General Elliott because there are again many pubs across the country with the name but also what isn’t explained is why most pubs are General Elliott when the family named is spelt Eliott?

Wikipedia is clear “George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield”

The National Portrait Gallery  says “George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield  (1717-1790), General; defender of Gibraltar Sitter in 14 portraits.
The army officer George Eliott served with distinction during the Seven Years War. He fought in a series of battles in Germany between 1759 and 1761 before participating in the capture of Havana, Cuba in 1762. Eliott later served as the Governor of Gibraltar and was renowned for withstanding a sustained assault by French and Spanish forces during the Siege of Gibraltar from 1779 to 1783.

Can anyone offer an explanation?

Walking Weekend Friday October 27th to 29th 2017

January 31, 2017

LFA Walking Weekend Friday October 27th To Sunday October 29th 2017

Venue: Makeney Hall Hotel, Nr Belper Derbyshire


Cost approx £55 per night per person Dinner Bed and Breakfast. This is dependent on numbers. Limited single accommodation available at a supplement of £5 per person per night.

A variety of walks to be arranged for Saturday and Sunday morning.

Non refundable deposit of £20 per person required.

Names needed by March 10th 2017.

Contact Cindy West for further details and to express an interest.

Email : Tel 0116 2234851 or mobile 07711729830

Names needed by March 10th .2017

LFA Sweatshirts

November 15, 2016

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Want to be part of the crowd? Need something decent to wear out walking?

Jenny Barbara and Pam show a selection of colours

Jenny Barbara and Pam show a selection of colours

Look no further than an LFA Sweatshirt. Available now with the new style badge and in time for that must have Christmas gift.

Rick up against it trapped between a brick wall and the camera.

Rick up against it trapped between a brick wall and the camera.

See Jenny T with your order.

Detail of the new LFA badge.

Detail of the new LFA badge.

NOTE the sew on badge for competition of the Leicestershire Round remains unchanged and includes Rutland see link to Leicestershire Round page,

Charity Walk at Belvoir Castle

October 29, 2016

We have received details of this fund raising event.

Click on the image for a larger copy

Click on the image for a larger copy

Dove Cottage Day Hospice is situated in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir. We are an independent organisation offering high quality palliative day care to those people living in NE Leicestershire, Rutland and SE Nottinghamshire with supportive and palliative care needs, living with advanced progressive life limiting illness. We offer over 3,700 day care places every year and have a high carer to guest ratio and all of our services are provided free of charge.

We have a Santa Fun Run & Walk at Belvoir Castle this will be our second year running this event and we are hoping to double our Santa’s this year.

The event takes place at Belvoir Castle on Sunday 4th December. Last year we had 300 participants register for the 2.5K and 5K route around the beautiful grounds of the Castle. This year we have added a new 10K route.

Round and Hound Walk 2017

October 16, 2016


Leicester Animal Aid and PROSTaid are jointly planning to walk the Leicestershire Round on Sunday 14th May 2017. This is a fund and awareness raising event for the organisations. LFA has been approached for advice and help. We have offered advice and now seek your help. The participants will not be walking the full 100 miles but all sections will be available for them to select a bit a suit them. They have broken the Leicestershire Round into 11 manageable sections and have their own leaders for 5 sections but have asked if LFA can offer leaders for the other 6 sections. We will be offered first choice of the sections except the Shackerstone section. The sections are listed below. If you can help please contact Cindy West via Email: or  Tel: 0771 172 9830 in the first instance.



See Leicester Animal Aid website

New website for Leicestershire & Rutland Ramblers

August 8, 2016

The Leicestershire and Rutland Area of the Ramblers Association (RA) have a new website. Free to non members you can view their informative newsletters and much more at Leicestershire & Rutland Ramblers

Ramblers Holidays

March 24, 2016

Thinking of booking a holiday with the Ramblers then don’t forget to mention Leicestershire Footpath Association.
Last year LFA received £100 from the Ramblers Walking Partnership because you mentioned LFA when booking your


If you’re looking for something different in 2016 then try our unique combination of walking and cruising. Enjoy the same walking holiday experience you know and love with the added freedom of a Fred Olsen Cruise, with a new place to discover at each port of call. See Ramblers Holidays website