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Long Walk from Cropston 10.04.2019

April 12, 2019

viewing the oldest oak

The oldest oak tree

Many thanks to Chris Bancroft for leading this lovely walk. He used many paths that were new to the lots of the twenty five walkers that enjoyed the good weather and sites of historical interest.

We were warmly welcomed by this great poem at the start  which introduced us to the mornings walk. Chris is famous for his poems that he often starts with when he leads his walks, thanks again.


Welcome to this walk today

I did this work out in the rain

so I hope I don’t get wet again

I have for you a very good route

with points of interest I hope will suit.

We’ll take the track on to Bradgate

where the famous ruins and deer  park await                                                                    

old packhorse bridge



                                                          But this will not be our main             Country Park today

We’ll visit another via Ausfey way.

It is to the Castle Hill Country Park we will go

where an ancient oak puts on a show.

The Castle Hill earthworks here are found

And we will walk to the top of the mound.

In fact there was never a castle at this site

An enclosed monastic farm would be right.

Some packhorse bridges are over the Rothley Brook

                                                                                                          The date from medieval times and                                                                                                               we will take a look.


pack horse bridge

So the walk today is about seven     and a half miles

When you have crossed over two,     there no more stiles 

And when we return to the Bradgate Arms

I hope you’ve enjoyed this walk and its charms.















Tuesday Long Walk – 12th March

February 12, 2019
We will meet for the above walk at –
The Recreation Ground
Bindley Lane (entrance next to Fordview Close)
Great Glen
LE8 9FA (or LE8 9FG)    See Google Maps LE8 9FG
From the OLD A6 (London Rd) turn down by St Cuthbert’s Church,
then take the 3rd  (Main St) or 4th (Bindley Lane) road on the left.
Follow the road round and then take the road (next to Fordview Close) to the Recreation Ground carpark.
On the OS Explorer Map 233 (Leicester & Hinckley) the grid reference is SP 657 982.
The 10 mile walk is an undulating mix of well used paths and some road walking. It can be muddy when wet.
Lunch will be at The Black Horse at Houghton-on-the-Hill, or bring your own food. It isn’t the cheapest of pubs but it is the only one in the area. There are several menus but the best value appears to be “Two courses for £12”. There is also a “Walker’s Special Menu” with main courses ranging from £7.95 to £11.95.
For further information please contact John Stafford on 0116 2750718 (0774 964 2079)


January 28, 2019

The following ramble is from an LFA rambles pocket book published in 1910. You will be able to read its origins in the preface.

It is the first of quite a number. This first one is quite short whilst some of the others are not but  all contain many interesting historical facts and observations. Should this be of interest I will put others on the website from time to time. I hope you can enlarge the pages for a more comfortable read.



Tuesday Walk From Glooston Jan 22nd

January 22, 2019

The photo shows walkers enjoying the winter sunshine in the rolling Leicestershire landscape. On the horizen is the 18th century Noseley Hall sitting in a prime location.

Although there had been a sharp overnight frost the white on the fields is not frost or snow but the bleached stubble of oil seed rape. We were again blessed with perfect winter weather but true to the weather forecast there was sleet and rain by 3 o’clock.

Tuesday Nov 27th Somerby

November 30, 2018

Burough HillThe 27th was a windy but oddly misty morning for Allan B’s  first leaders walk. However 28 of us were still smilling when we reached the topograph on Burough Hill. The visibility was possibly a mile but we will have to return in the summer to enjoy the views

Jim's seatAfter the coffee stop we continued on the Leicestershire Round through Rise Hill Spinney on a carpet of autumn leaves and onto The Punch Bowl. The seat at the bottom of the climb out of the Punch Bowl was erected by the late Jim Mason, an avid LFA walker. The photo above is of the only four walkers (Allan J,David,Jenny &Neil) on today’s walk, who walked with Jim. We followed the Round back to the Stilton Cheese in Somerby for lunch. Safely inside and warmed by an open fire,the rain started. Another enjoyable day well timed.

Tuesday 9th October walk

October 11, 2018


On a perfect Autumn morning, sunny and warm with clear air, we set out from the Bell at Gumley.  Our route took us up to Laughton, a very attractive village, {photo 1}, with a notable amount of traditional mud walling near the church. We took the permissive path northwards out of Laughton towards Saddington Reservoir. The water level was still quite low and our Leicestershire mud has still to make its presence felt. The second photo is of us ascending Smeeton Hill with Saddington on the sky line. Stopping at the top, alongside the memorial seat to Mary Hodgkins,  we enjoyed a 360 degree panorama of the county. After another drop and climb we returned to the Bell past Gumley church.


Wednesday walk 5th September

August 9, 2018

The meeting place & lunch place on the programme for Wednesday walk 5th September is unclear.  It should be Ulverscroft GRANGE, the Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation LE67 9QB,   Please park on the overflow car park on the grass to the left of the drive  on entrance before descending  to the lower car park, this is reserved  for disabled visitors.   Thank you.   Dennis O’B

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.