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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.



Temporary closure of the Nags Head public House, Stapleton

May 2, 2018

Members may recall being advised about a special deal at the above public house, encouraging walks to be started from the public house.  An enticement was offered for free coffee before the walk started.  How welcome that would have been.

A recent visit to the public house discovered due to a change of managers, lunches were not being served for a while.  Therefore if you are arranging a walk from the Nags Head in the near future, please be aware of the changed situation.

In difficult trading times, I am sure all walk leaders are aware of the necessity to check your chosen public house venue is still trading and food is available.


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.

Summer walks Programme

January 3, 2018

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to lead a walk (or two) in our summer programme. There are now only 5 weeks on each of the long and short walk calendars to fill.

It is not too late to volunteer and it we want to give everyone to opportunity to lead a walk. This also helps to spread the work load amongst the wider membership to ease the demands on the core group of regular walk leaders.

The vacancies are as follows:

Short walks: 4/4/18, 11/4/18, 25/4/18, 15/8/18, 29/8/18.

Long Walks: 25/7/18, 15/8/18, 29/8/18, 12/9/18, 26/9/18.

If you are thinking of leading a walk but are not sure about doing so, please contact us for more information.

Please E mail or telephone if you would like to lead one of the above walks.

Best wishes.

Pete and Robert

Wednesday Rambles organisers

Wednesday short walk 24/1/18

December 31, 2017

Ian Woods, has kindly informed us that The Bell at Burton Overy are unable to provide  their normal lunch menu for the LFA walk he is leading on 24/1/18 due to unforseen circumstances. However they will be offering a selection of sandwiches.

Can we take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Pete and Robert

Wednesday Rambles Organisers

Tuesday 19th December

December 20, 2017

On a sunny morning about 30 walkers enjoyed a leaderless ramble round Bradgate Park. This has become the practice on the last Tuesday walk before Christmas as family commitments and numbers are unpredictable. Most went up to ‘Old John’ as you can see. Quite a few of us think the land on which  ‘Old John’ sits has been steadily rising over the years. Why else would we puff?.

Here’s wishing you all a Happy Christmas.

Riverside Park, Aylestone -Mural on wall

December 19, 2017

On a cold but bright morning, myself and friend Frank walked along the Grand Union Canal and then gained access to the disused Great Central railway line today.  I had read in the Leicester Mercury of a mural which had been painted legitimately onto a wall at the approach to Riverside Park.  The entrance is from Aylestone Road, just past Grace Road, signposted travelling into the city. We were surprised at the quality of the painting and its vividness.  WHY not pay a visit and see it for yourself!  

Wednesday Walks Summer programme

December 17, 2017

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to lead a walk/s in our summer programme at our Christmas buffet on 13/12/17. We had a great response from members present.

There are now only 8 short walk vacancies to fill and 5 long walk vacancies.  The dates are as follows:

Short walks

4/4/18, 11/4/18, 25/4/18, 6/6/18, 15/8/18, 22/8/18, 29/8/18, 26/9/19.

Long Walks

25/7/18, 15/8/18, 29/8/18, 12/9/18, 26/9/18.

Please let Rob or Pete know asap (by phone or E mail) if you are able to lead one of these walks.

Pete, 01455 284985. E mail:

Rob, 01455 283728. E mail:

Many thanks.

Pete & Rob

Wednesday Rambles Organisers

Wednesday walks Christmas buffet

December 15, 2017

48 hardy walkers braved the ice and cold to participate in the Christmas long and short walks on 13 December. The start of their walk was made easier by a serving of mulled wine and warm mince pies to keep out the cold!

On their return to The Lodge at Brascote, they were joined by 12 other members to enjoy a fantastic hot and cold buffet followed by mouth watering puddings! A massive thank you to Anne Constable and her team of helpers for all their hard work and hospitality.

Everyone had a very enjoyable time and in the process raised £432 for LOROS.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Pete and Robert

Wed Rambles Organisers

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.