Posts Tagged ‘Leicestershire Round’

Annual report 2016

March 5, 2017

The annual report for 2016 was posted to members and agreed by them at the AGM in February 2017. A full copy is  available here to download (pdf fil 425Kb).

Presidents Remarks

A good barometer in measuring the strength of any Association, is the number of members on their register. When I became involved with our Association in 1976 there were 92 ordinary members. This year there were 340 ordinary members. This growth can in part be explained by walks being arranged on four days a week whereas in 1976 only Saturday walks were available and some evening walks in the summer. In addition the number of people walking are mainly retired. The Association always relies on members volunteering to take part in the affairs of the Association. If you consider you may be able to help in this way, please contact our secretary.

I have attended three committee meetings and listened to the amount of work undertaken on behalf of our membership. In the following reports from officers you will be able to judge for yourself the variety of matters taken in hand. In particular the County Council have agreed for us to produce and distribute the new publication of the Leicestershire Round guide booklet.

Brexit, the most repeated word in the media this year, may have significant impact on monies available in future years for the maintenance of cross field paths. The Common Agricultural Policy has a payment scheme to reward farmers when they keep their paths open and accessible to the public. We may well ask will the UK government fund a similar scheme for farmers, thereby ensuring our cross field paths are kept clear of crop encroachment, following any exit from Europe?

Many of you will, I am sure agree, the National Forest has had a major impact on the scenery of North West Leicestershire. The scars left by mining have been transformed into woodland areas to walk and explore. This year celebrates twenty-five years following the governments support for its creation. 8.5 million trees have been planted.

In September, Ted Guy passed away. Ted was a committee member for a few years, 1985-87 and walked regularly on Saturdays. Some of you may recall his New Year day walks when before the start of the walk, members were treated to home cooked mince pies and mulled wine.

Brian Jenkinson

LFA President

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Then and now – near Launde Abbey

December 24, 2016

Again on the Leicestershire Round a picture of two intrepid LFA members attempting and I suspect succeeding to cross the River Chater on footpath C70 near Launde Abbey.

Crossing the River Chater near Launde Abbey

Crossing the River Chater near Launde Abbey

Things have improved.

Leicestershire Round near Launde Abbey

Leicestershire Round near Launde Abbey

 

 

Leicestershire Short Walks – 32

August 7, 2015

Markfield – Newtown Linford  5 miles (8km)

Ulverscroft Mill

Ulverscroft Mill
© Copyright Ashley Dace
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3445357

Route Hilly, wooded countryside. Well waymarked paths. Lovely views of Charnwood at all seasons.

Items of interest Markfield has an interesting mixture of buildings. It is a gateway to the Forest. The Altar Rocks were donated to the public. Newtown Linford is a charming village with thatched cottages.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk Download walk 32 here (.pdf file 300kb)

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 31

July 31, 2015

Bagworth (Markfield) Thornton 3 or 6 miles (5 or 9km)

Holy Rood Church at Bagworth

Holy Rood Church at Bagworth
© Copyright Trevor Rickard
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2187802

Undulating ground over a mixture of meadow and arable land. The waymarking is good and the route not difficult to follow. The outward and inward sections of the walk meet at a stile close to Thornton reservoir. At this point you could omit the (uphill) section to the motorway and shorten the walk to 2 and a half miles. The walk can also be varied by adding a very pleasant 2 mile walk round Thornton reservoir.

Items of interest Bagworth, a former mining village. Thornton reservoir. Ashley’s Wood, recently planted with 3,000 poplar trees as part of the National Forest. Bagworth Park was the site of a great house planned to equal Kirby Muxloe and Ashby Castle, built for William Lord Hastings in the time of Richard III. Leicester to Swannington railway line, opened by Stephenson in 1832, the first public railway in the Midlands (and now re-opened as the Ivanhoe line.) The Bagworth Incline, where Stephenson’s trains were pulled up the hill by an extra engine at the top is now a lovely, quiet, hedged track.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk. Download walk 31 here (.pdf file 300kb)

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 30

July 24, 2015

Nailstone – Bagworth – Barlestone 5 miles (8km)

The Nut & Squirrel Nailstone

The Nut & Squirrel Nailstone
© Copyright Mat Fascione
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/542673

This is former mining country, now part of the National Forest. The reclaimed spoil heaps are newly planted with trees. There are attractive views from the higher ground.

Items of interest Churches in Nailstone and Barlestone. In Nailstone church there is a monument to Thomas Corbett, a gentleman who was Sergeant of the Pantry to four Tudor monarchs. He fathered 19 children by his first wife and a couple more by his second. (Spare a thought for the first Mrs Corbett as you pass by!)

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk.

Download walk 30 here (.pdf file 200kb)

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 29

July 17, 2015

Carlton – Shackerstone – Odstone – Barton in the Beans

5 miles (8km)

Shackerstone station and the closed footpath bridge

Shackerstone station and the closed footpath bridge

Easy walking in gently undulating countryside. Pleasant villages en route.

Items of interest Carlton village has a little church with a quaint bell tower and spme pretty village houses. Shackerstone has a castle site mound. The canal has colourful boats. There is a railway museum and it is possible to take rides on the steam trains.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk. Download walk 29 here (.pdf file 200kb)

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 28

July 10, 2015

Market Bosworth – Carlton 5 miles (8km)

Market Bosworth Hall

Market Bosworth Hall

The outward section (on the Leicestershire Round) takes you across beautiful countryside, in slightly hilly arable land with superb views from the high ground. The return to Market Bosworth is quite a difficult walk as there are many stiles and two potentially very wet and muddy areas. Also, beware of a couple of electric fences put by farmers across their fields.

Items of interest Market Bosworth’s market charter dates back to 1285 and from the central market square the town has expanded fanwise. Bosworth Arboretum park with its well laid out woods, gardens, ponds, playing and picnic areas is ideal for family outings.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk. Download walk 28 here (.pdf file 200kb)

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 27

July 3, 2015

Sutton Cheney – Market Bosworth 4 miles (6km)

St James, Sutton Cheney

St James, Sutton Cheney
© Copyright John Salmon
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/388066

Level open country with woods and lakes.

Items of interest Sutton Cheney church, the almshouses, the flowers in the gardens are delightful.

Market Bosworth would make a good stopping point as it has shops, pubs, tea rooms, toilets, a market and a reasonable bus service. It usually provides a marvellous display of flowers in the Leicestershire in Bloom competition.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk  here  (.pdf file 200kb)

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 26

June 26, 2015

Sutton Cheney – Sutton Wharf – Bosworth Battlefield 5 miles (8km)

Boat on the Ashby canal

Boat on the Ashby canal

Nice wide views in gently undulating countryside, looking over to Earl Shilton, Barwell and Stapleford church spires.

Items of interest Sutton Cheney: The church of St James has memorials to Richard III, who prayed here before the battle in August 1485. The Almshouses were founded in 1612. Hall Farm dates from 1601.

Near Bosworth Battlefield site we follow part of the route of the Ambion Way (described in leaflets available from the battlefield information centre).

The Battlefield centre is worth a stop, for its shop, museum, tea place and toilets. If you have time and energy, you could add on a walk around the battlefield site, following the information boards beginning from the top of Ambion Hill and descending to Shenton Station (to see the steam trains) and returning on a lower route, beside the railway line and swinging left through woods on a well made gravel track, to reach King Dick’s Well. You could however leave this extension for another occasion. It makes a lovely day out.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk.

Download walk 26 here  (.pdf file 200kb)

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 25

June 19, 2015

Sharnford – Aston Flamville – Burbage – Sapcote.

8 miles (13km)

 

Path through Burbage Wood

Path through Burbage Wood
© Copyright Mat Fascione
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/943350

Easy walking in rather flat, mixed pasture and arable land, with some beautiful open areas and lovely woodland tracks.

Items of interest Burbage Wood and the Common are well worth exploring. There is an information centre at Lynden Lea. (Grid Ref. 447 953). On Sapcote recreation ground slight humps in the grass indicate the remains of a Norman castle mound (Toot Hill). Aston Flamville has a dovecote dated 1715, in brick patterning.
Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk.

Download walk 25 here (.pdf file 215kb)

For more walks in Leicestershire click here