Archive for the ‘Leicestershire Round’ Category

Comments received from the Wilkes family on the Leicestershire Round

October 28, 2018

Walking part of the Leicestershire Round from Sileby to Withcote Hall. Leicestershire seems to keep the paths in very good order.  We did not like the crossing of the A46. It is true we only had to wait a few minutes for a gap but the traffic is so fast that it would be easy to misjudge especially in poor weather. A bridge should be provided. Walkers always get left out of road plans. South of the A46 there was a section which needed clearing as there was a fallen tree.

At SK 774 125 north of Somerby we were confused by the signs as one sign seemed to be pointing us to Little Dalby. We found quite a few fields where the path had been ploughed out. Often it was easy to use the headland as this was a high quality grass walking surface. However, I think that should be formalised. In other fields one had to cross the ploughed surface. This was easy enough as it had been well harrowed. However, this might put people off using the path and it also means that the crop gets more damage from walkers as it is not clear where to go. Nevertheless, despite these points, we thought the paths were very good.

Further comments on linear walks related to walkers making use of local buses.  Bus services are under threat and increased usage of them might secure many bus routes.




Children in need walk on Friday

October 5, 2018

On a favourable day for walking the section of the Leicestershire Round from Foxton village to Bruntingthorpe, the take up by the public was disappointing.  A representative from Radio Leicester did a live broadcast at Foxton village hall and walked with LFA members of the Tuesday group to Shearsby.  Parked outside the village public house were some vintage cars, a Morgan Nash (1923 year) with a Riley behind. The owner ofa 1934 Vauxhall, kindly gave a lift to the reporter back to Foxton.  This first picture is of our group at a “kissing gate” just short of Saddington.

What is most noticeable about the walk is the number of old stiles which have disappeared and  have been replaced by gates. Thus making progress along the route so much easier. In the fields to the south of Fleckney, contractors are in the process of building many new homes which will impact on the Leicestershire Round.

On arriving at Shearsby, our first port of call was the public house which is open on a Friday lunch time.  Refreshment taken our walk continued after viewing once again the vintage cars.


BBC Children In Need and The Leicestershire Round

September 10, 2018

Did any one hear Radio Leicester this Monday morning just after 9 o’clock ? Cindy West, Rick Satchwell and David Williams Joined the presenters in publicising the Radio Leicester sponsored ramble using the entire Leicestershire Round. This will take place over 5 days commencing on 1st October. Very well done to all. You will read more about this in the Autumn Newsletter , due out imminently. One piece of extra news, announced on the radio, is that BBC Countryfile will be present at some point on Monday 1st October.

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.



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



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.

Leicestershire Round (& Hound) Event

May 19, 2017

Two local charities, Leicester Animal Aid and PROST aid, combined to organise a fund raising event based on walking the Leicestershire Round. It was not only for raising money but to promote walking for health.  The idea was to break the ‘Round’ into eleven reasonably equal sections and entrants to get sponsorship to walk one section of their choice with or without their dog. Thus the event title of Round and Hound.

We , the L.F.A. who created the ‘Round’, were approached for our advice and possible help in leading the walks. Cindy West our Secretary and others, liaised with the two charities over a period of time, culminating in a well organised event on Sunday May 14th. The event was publicised on Radio Leicester and gave our President, Brian Jenkinson, the opportunity to promote the L.F.A. in general and the new ‘Round’ book in particular. The charities also featured and thanked the L.F.A. in their literature

On the day the weather was mostly sunny but for the Foxton to Bruntingthorpe group at least, a short hailstorm near the end could have been done without. I think drowned rats was mentioned.  Organisers, Leaders and participants  are to be congratulated on a job well done. Who knows ,it may be repeated.


A Group at Bradgate

The Start From Foxton including  Dave  Daines ,Jenny Thompson and Rick Satchwell of LFA

We wish to thank all our volunteers for  their time and effort which was not just on the day. So thanks to Tom Brooks & Anne Constable, Robert Hancock & Pete Chaplin, Nigel Bedford & John Millward, Dave Williams & Bob Wade, Rick Satchwell & Dave Daines. If anyone has been missed please accept our apologies. One L.F.A. member, Jenny Thompson, entered and raised over £200  but we don’t know the total for the event yet.


A walk from Somerby

May 10, 2017
Somerby shop and main street

Somerby shop and main street

Back to my theme of linear walks. This one from Melton Mowbray via the bus service 113 taking me to Somerby where I pick up the Leicestershire Round. I can’t recall that I’ve walked this section in reverse. This offers totally different views and with the limited sun behind me picking out new features in the landscape I enjoyed the walk across to the Punch Bowl.

I was delighted to find that the path through oilseed had been mown, this suggested a recent job but better late than never. It was rather a thin crop and it was clear to see where walkers had trodden a narrow path before a real path had been made.

Footpath D69 on the Leicestershire Round looking north

Footpath D69 on the Leicestershire Round looking north

By the time I dropped down the steps into the Punchbowl it was time for lunch so I rested on Jim’s seat which still looks good after four years.

Jim's seat in May 2017 still looks good 4 years after installation.

Jim’s seat in May 2017 still looks good 4 years after installation.

I appear to have a reputation for reporting lots of path issues but all I found on this eight mile walk was one rotten waymark post resting against a tree on the Jubilee Way at the start of the Dalby Hills permissive path.

LFA has started a trend on the Ernest Cook Trust Estate. A new resting place has been supplied by Jack Atton and Terry Darby who, while working as woodmen for the Trust, planted the trees here between 1980 and 1996 .

Jack Atton and Terry Darby's seat with a fine view across to Little Dalby

Jack Atton and Terry Darby’s seat with a fine view across to Little Dalby

It can be very muddy along the permissive path but it was fairly dry on this visit with views north through the still leafless trees. Finding the Other Route with Public Access to head north from Burrough Hill was a challenge. I mistook a stile as the route also used by horses but it came to an abrupt halt by a fence and ditch. Try again………. not quite on track but I eventually met the road from where a hedged track is clear to see and use.

Burrough Hill flanked by gorse in flower - the smell was delightful.

Burrough Hill flanked by gorse in flower – the smell was delightful.

The ORPA heads north into Melton where it meets Sandy Lane. It’s part of the National Cycle Network and has been given a metalled surface. Cars are prevented by blocks of concrete firmly blocking some of the gates so it’s pedestrians only and easy walking. The view to the east is far ranging especially from Gartree Hill.

When the cycle track becomes a proper road I turn right along a bridleway, a little apprehensive with such a sea of yellow ahead will there be a path? Well there was and here it was vital. A vigorous crop as tall as me, again cut a bit late and when it starts to flop the path will disappear. I timed my walk spot on.

Looking south from the junction of paths D98A and D99 near Burton Lazars.

Looking south from the junction of paths D98A and D99 near Burton Lazars.

I cross the busy A606 and take a combination of well walked paths and tracks into Melton. The final mile is alongside the River Eye then between the buildings of what was pedigree Petfoods but now just says Mars. I did make a short detour under the railway on what Network Rail call the towpath while making plain this is not a public right of way. It does offer a handy short cut from the housing estate into the top end of town.



Winter walking in muddy fields a distant memory!

May 3, 2017
Winter walking in muddy fields a distant memory!

Winter walking in muddy fields a distant memory!

The Wednesday short walk on the 19th April  organised by Pete C started at Peatling Magna  and included Shearsby and Bruntingthorpe. The weather was perfect, the spring  flowers were out, lambs in the fields and the meadows were lush green. Winter walking in muddy fields a distant memory! The photo shows the group enjoying a refreshment break underneath an isolated and spectacular tree (GR SP62038 90702) in a field on the Leicestershire Round  just outside Shearsby.

Thanks to Nigel B for words and picture.

New Edition Leicestershire Round Book

April 24, 2017

By now many of you will have been shown the new edition of the Leicestershire Round book if you have been on recent walks. Based on the earlier editions, Ken Brockway, our Webmaster, has updated the route where necessary and modernised the whole appearance of the book with O.S. 1:25000 maps and colour photographs. It has retained some sketches and all the historical and local information of the earlier editions. I am sure you will agree with me that it is a classic modern walking book and Ken  is to be congratulated.

It will be available at several commercial outlets but  is  available from the LFA via your walk organisers.