Archive for the ‘Any Other Business’ Category

Walking Treasure Hunt Sunday 17th June

June 3, 2018

Sorry this event has been cancelled.


Take a Break

April 20, 2018

Two opportunities to get away.

The LFA October weekend in Buxton still has places available  see details here please contact David Hinds before end of April if you would like to go along.

Further afield Rambers Holidays offer  Jersey a  compact destination; just twelve miles by nine it’s the largest of the Channel Islands and great for a week’s island walking

Ex Chairman’s Thanks

February 26, 2018

Thanks to all my LFA friends for the card  with the present of brushes and paints for my ‘retirement’. I really appreciate them. I think a mud scene should be my first attempt— watch this space. Thank you Tuesday Group in addition for the birthday card  and thanks ‘Boots’ I feel very honoured to have a ‘Post’ on the Web Site.  I look forward to your company and friendship on walks to come.

Cafe Allez! at Belvoir Castle visitor car park

February 13, 2018

Another purveyor of refreshments inviting us to give them a try. Not suitable for a large group to descend and not an area likely to attract a large group walk from LFA but could be worth a try if you are out this way.



Hello Cindy,

We’re really pleased to announce that Cafe Allez! has launched a pop-up café service at the Belvoir Castle visitor car park, from Van Henri, our Citroen HY van.  This will run most weekends – and weekdays when the castle is open to the public – with kind permission from the Belvoir Castle team.

I think that we have the prime location in the Vale of Belvoir, with stunning views down into the Vale and great routes out to us.

We will serve barista coffees of the highest quality, along with teas, cakes, hot chocolates, and home-made flapjacks with no butter or sugar (subject to availability).

We accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay and iPay

We have plentiful seating available and there is access to the toilet block

As you’ll appreciate, we make each drink to order so whilst we’ll serve all as quickly as we can, there will be a wait if a large group arrives en masse!

Our schedule is published on our Facebook page and this is the place to check before travelling:

Hopefully see you soon – and spread the word!

Mark at bCafé Allez!
0778 685 4794

Footpaths signs

January 30, 2018

Not a Leicestershire sign but one made by the Royal Label Factory


From Graces Guide:

Royal Label Factory of Stratford upon Avon

1874 Established to make labels for Queen Victoria’s gardens at Sandringham.

Continued as part of the Ministry of Public Building and Works, supplying up to half of the signposts and fingerposts for counties and town councils in the 1930s

c.1963 The Royal Label Factory moved to Chipping Norton, where it provided a ‘Design & Build’ service for traffic signs and street furniture for construction companies all over the UK as well as for a large number of local authorities, including their core client, Oxfordshire County Council.

Now part of Leander Architectural

A walk from Stapleton

January 21, 2018

Calling All Ramblers! (starts a recently received email. No recommendation from LFA but Emilia and Jason are certainly offering a service we could use.)

The Nags Head Stapleton

The Nags Head Stapleton

Start your New Year’s walk from The Nags Head in Stapleton!

This is what we can offer you:

• Complementary tea and coffee at the start of your walk while you choose your lunch order
• Excellent lunch menu – from light bites to hearty home cooked meals
• Walker’s lunch-time special – 2 meals for only £12!
• Dog-friendly environment
• Big garden
• Generous parking
Ideal location to start walk in many directions, Market Bosworth, Sutton Cheney, Darlington and many more
Normal opening midday Tuesday – Sunday
Let us know when you’re coming – we will open for you!

Emilia & Jason

our full menu on website The Nags Head – menu page

Try this 6 mile walk (from webmaster)

A 6 mile walk from Stapleton near Barwell Leicestershire

A 6 mile walk from Stapleton near Barwell Leicestershire

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?