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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



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.


Change to Thursday June 15th Walk

May 14, 2017

Please note:  the June 15th  walk is now from the Griffin Inn, Swithland. Leader Brian Rowlinson.

( This was Ian Smarts from Clipston)


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.

New video – Well Dressing Walk 2000

March 26, 2017

A trip down memory lane

Derbyshire walk with Ted Guy from Monsall Dale via Ashton in the Water.

Some walkers you may know or remember- Chris Ambrose,  Elsie Dodge, Ted Guy, Arthur Hopson, Sid & Pat Marsden, David & Chris Potterton, Ann Biddle, Jackie Barker, Rosemary& Allan Jordan, Warren Curteis, Di Chapman and Ian Parker.

Steve Ludlam

March 20, 2017

Tuesday walkers will be sad to hear that Steve Ludlam has died.

Steve and Vera were ever present, energetic, Tuesday walkers for over a decade until about 2 years ago, when his health limited his ability.  Some LFA weekend break walkers will also have known him.

Our thoughts are with Vera.

Wed Jan 25th Cossington (The Red Lion)

December 24, 2016

Please note that the pub shown on the above walk is not correct and should read (The Royal Oak) the walks programme will be amended accordingly.

Roger Whittle

Tuesday Christmas Lunch

December 18, 2016
Jennt Thompson

Jenny Thompson

On December 13th we had a short walk before 54 LFA members sat down to a Christmas lunch at The Shires at Peatling Magna.

Christmas hats and jumpers ( some hand made)  were the order of the day. Judging by the noise everyone enjoyed the occasion.

We made a presentation to thank  Jenny Thompson who has retired after 10 years as Tuesday Walks Organiser and voluntary ‘Welfare  Officer’, but will continue walking.  Our thanks Rick Satchwell has taken over the Organiser role.

Merry Christmas to everyone.

Neil B


Tuesday 16th Lubenham

August 17, 2016


On a  beautiful summer’s day  about 37 ‘Long’ and ‘Short’walkers passing near the Judith Stone approaching East Farndon. Several wheat fields had been cut since the pre-walk but luckily none had been ploughed

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We had a carefully picked ‘coffee stop’ with a tree for shade . At this point we are on the Jurasic Way.        If you look at the circled figures you will recognise our new twin Obstruction Secretaries- Simon and Barbara. Simon is examining a dangerous rabbit hole …..I think, while Barbara— takes notes ?     The 5.8 mile walk continued on to Marston Trussell  Church and across the Lubenham Hall parkland back into Lubenham. The walk was mostly in Northampton shire  – noticeable for the lack of yellow posts

Just over the border

August 15, 2016

The Notts Wolds Way is a new linear path of 26 miles being set up by the Nottinghamshire Footpaths Preservation Society with the support of Nottinghamshire County Council and with the aid of a grant from Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust. The path, from Bunny to Cropwell Butler is divided into 4 linear stages each passing through an attractive and interesting part of south Nottinghamshire. Although there are a few short road sections, the route is mostly on  rights of way in the form of field and woodland paths and tracks. It makes use of several paths which have been recently added to the Definitive Map and which have yet to find their way onto even the latest OS maps.

Notts Wolds Way

The route has been comprehensively way-marked throughout with a characteristic black arrow on a  white background. A 24 page colour booklet is currently being prepared which gives detailed walk instructions and information on points of interest along the route. When complete the brochure will also be available online.

It is planned to launch the walk at 10.00am in Bunny Village Hall on Tuesday 23rd August 2016 followed by a walk of the first stage from Bunny to Willoughby on the Wolds at 10.30am, (6 miles). As it is a linear walk, anyone interested in walking should meet at the lay-by 1/4 mile north of West Thorpe, Willoughby, on the Wysall road (just south of the electricity sub-station) between 9.15 and 9.40am, in order to car share back to Bunny. We should complete the walk in time for a late lunch but will be stopping en-route for a short refreshment break.