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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.


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

Rippin Memorial Path – plaque

February 8, 2018

Back in June 2017 we reported the sad new that the bronze plaque at the foot of the Rippin Memorial Path had been stolen see (Link to report) we can now announce that a modern plastic replacement has been installed, see picture below.

Rippin memorial path at Beacon Hill and the replacement plaque.

Rippin memorial path at Beacon Hill and the replacement plaque.


Our thanks to Clive and Leicestershire County County Council staff who have seen this project through to a satisfactory conclusion.

Detail of the revised inscription

Detail of the revised inscription

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