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New Year Resolution – Must do some walking

Not a resolution for LFA members but perhaps one you have heard from family and friends. Here is an offer you can pass onto them to help keep their resolve over the next thirty two weeks.

32 Short Circular Walks in Leicestershire was a book produced by LFA members for the millennium. The walks in the book are based on the Leicestershire Round Long Distance path. They are intended for those who enjoy walking and feel they would like to sample the Long Distance walk, without the challenge of attempting the full 100 miles.

The book has been out of print for some time so we are making the walks available here free of charge and on easy to print sheets with instructions and a map. They are as published in the book so there may be small changes but most should still be easy to follow.

The Leicestershire Round was first devised and written by Leicestershire Footpath Association, to celebrate our centenary in 1987. The one hundred miles (for one hundred years) encircle the city of Leicester in a big sweep going through places of interest in beautiful countryside from the rugged rocky area of Charnwood, through the wide river valleys of the Wreake and the Soar up to the high and windy ridges of East Leicestershire and Rutland.

It goes across land where the Iron Age people chose to build their hill fort at Burrough Hill and then descends to lower slopes where many small streams feed the rich clay, arable fields. The route goes over the low hills of the Langtons with views over the wide Welland valley and gradually swings west to reach Foxton’s famous staircase of locks before moving uphill over to wooded hills of Laughton, Gumley and Saddington. The route to the Roman centre of England, where Watling Street crossed the Fosse Way, is an easy and flatfish route and the grassy Fosse Way usually makes for pleasant, trouble-free walking.

Northwards towards Bosworth Field where King Richard lost his crown and his life, the route joins the canal for a short distance and passes through the historic market town of Bosworth and the village of Shackerstone with its impressive 12th century castle mound. From there the land once more rises and you pass over former mining country to reach the outskirts of Charnwood at Thornton and Markfield and thence back to Newtown Linford where the walk begins and ends. These walks give the flavour of the varied countyside of Leicestershire.

The walks will appear here week by week every Friday and there will be a binder on sale at £99.00 (no only joking about the binder but if it persuades you to join LFA we’ll take the money).

Walk one is 5 miles around Charnwood and the following walks will work their way clockwise around the Leicestershire Round. Preview the route of walk 1 here (opens a new window in Bing Maps)


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