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Newsletter Spring 2014

2014 AGM Report

Pressure was on this year to complete the formal business and allow time for a brief history of footpath protection in Leicestershire from 1840. Thanks to Steve H who offered his research and to Heather who edited it. Chris M was thanked for her Chairmanship of the last three years and vacated the chair half way through the meeting. Neil B was elected unopposed to complete the chores of the day. Thanks were also given to Clive F and David S who have stood down. There were no contentious issues to debate so we moved on with Neil’s elaborate introductions of the performers in the style of Leonard Sachs the alliterative Chairman of the Good Old Days.

Mr A.J. Gimson LFA Secretary 1887-1911

Mr A.J. Gimson LFA Secretary 1887-1911

The performance was respectfully received and in the absence of a standing ovation or calls for an encore we were ready and eager for lunch a little earlier than anticipated. Peter B liked the cheers best!! and said we should have booked the Curve as our performance was better than the ones he’d seen there! Copies of the Well Trodden Path were offered free to those present to read about the LFA post 1887.

After the excellent lunch Neil thanked the team who have done us sterling service for many years but have said this will be the last. Although this has been said before, we will be looking for new caterers in 2015 so please let a committee member know if you have a contact.

Two walks were on offer, 6 miles with one stile and some mud, or 2-3 miles, no stiles – then a correction when this walk was initially claimed to be mud free. The Annual General Meeting is an essential but dull part of Association business, the attendance again suggests we succeeded in making it an enjoyable event. Thanks to members for attending.

King Richard lll slain at Bosworth

King Richard lll slain at Bosworth

He Go : He come Back – A walk on Friday 22nd August 2014 6pm.

Come follow the linear route King Richard III took when leaving the city from Bow Bridge; the lost Roman Road across Western Park to Ratby Lane. See a yellow posted / green finger-pointed footpath of 600 metres missed off the O/S map! 80% surfaced; 20% grasslands. Distance: 4.5 miles.    Possible use of First 12 bus service to return.

Meet: Bow Bridge, St Augustine / King Richards Road. (A-Z map, 27, H926; OS grid SK 58018 04363)

Ramblers Worldwide Holidays

Leicestershire Footpath Association has recently joined The Walking Partnership. Supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays it can provide direct financial contributions to local walking groups such as LFA.

The Walking Partnership

If you book a holiday with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays remember to quote the name of our group, we will then receive a contribution of £10 per person on UK holidays, £20 per person on short haul holidays, and £30 per person on long haul holidays.

Bucket collection raises £300 for LOROS

The Wednesday walks on 18th December 2013 were a combined effort between the 5 and 7 milers and 55 turned up. We all lunched  together at Brascote Lodge courtesy of Anne C with a wide variety of foods provided by several members. There was a bucket collection which generated £300 for LOROS.

LOROS Twilight Walk

Saturday 26th April LOROS needs your help for various support roles between 4pm and 10pm. If you can help please contact:- or telephone 0116 231 8484.

Postage costs

Can any member help? The cost of posting out programmes and AGM notices is now over £500 each year. A second class stamp costs 50pence but a second class franked item costs only 33pence. Can you offer a suggestion on cutting our postage costs?

2014 National Forest Walking Festival

This takes place between 17th and 29th May 2014. “Last year’s festival was a huge success, with overall numbers up to almost 1460 walkers” so says:

You can register to receive the 2014 programme and follow the planning on Facebook and Twitter. The 2014 festival aims to offer something for everyone, whatever their age, interests or abilities. An opportunity to introduce sedentary friends and family to walking?

GPS Geeks or thinking of becoming one?

Are you interested in a gathering to broaden your knowledge and skill? Contact Ken:-     Email


In the autumn newsletter we reported two railway crossing issues. Sadly there appears to be no progress at either Shackerstone Station which takes the Leicestershire Round on a bridge over the station or at Barrow upon Soar where a bridleway crosses six lines.

Mapping on the web. In addition to the sites suggested last time you might like to look at click on the road drop down then choose OS when the map appears at 1:50,000 keep zooming in and it changes to 1:25,000.

Thorpe Satchville and Leire call for user evidence

LFA has always claimed to only walk on recognised paths and today that means those shown on the Definitive Map and depicted in either red or green on Ordnance Survey maps. It’s all too easy on the ground to follow a well walked path which we may not realise is not actually recorded as public. We were surprised to discover that two short sections of our very own Leicestershire Round are not recorded as public paths and hence have the potential to be lost. Although there is currently no threat to either path we do need to take steps to have the paths added to the Definitive Map for their protection and the integrity of the Leicestershire Round route. The path through Thorpe Satchville churchyard and along Station Lane at Leire need adding to the Definitive Map, we need to gather evidence that the paths have been used from the time the Round was created and launched. If you can offer evidence of use please contact Brian Jenkinson NOW – thank you.

Walking Weekend August 15th – 17th 2014

Chester House Hotel

At Chester House, Bourton on the Water, cost: approx. £65 – £69 per night per person Bed and Breakfast. Evening meal may be obtained from either of their 2 associated restaurants at additional cost. If you want to check for any late places contact Cindy W Tel  0116 2234851 or mobile 07711729830.

Dog Bite

During a recent Ashby U3A walk on bridleway S25 between Cadeby and Brascote at Naneby Hall Farm near the quarry entrance a lady was bitten in the calf by a dog that wouldn’t heed its owners’ calls to come away from a group of walkers. The incident was reported to the police.

Walk from Kirby Muxloe Saturday, 1st February 2014  – 10 miles

Despite this January’s unprecedented rainfall level, a group of 11 walkers left Kirby Muxloe in bright sunshine.  Keeping to its 16th Century name of Kirby ‘Muckleby’ (the village of the mud) ground conditions required a late change of route, in order to reach Ratby village.

From Ratby the path led over the fields into Whirlybones Wood, a willow plantation which is on the edge of the National Forest. Reaching a ford, we entered Ratby Burroughs, picking our path carefully.


Climbing up towards Old Hay Farm the group diverted again to avoid ‘swimming’ in places and eventually crossed Forest Hill Golf Course to reach Markfield Lane  and then on to Botcheston.

Leaving Botcheston we passed swathes of snowdrops a welcome sign of the Spring to come.

Further down the path we slipped, waded, ‘walked on water’, crossed the railway line and accompanied by a flock of sheep reached the outskirts of Desford. A very welcome lunch break was taken in the parish churchyard of St. Martin, Desford.

After lunch the weather deteriorated and the wind strengthened as the walkers headed from Desford, across more fields in varying depths of mud and water to Pendlewood Farm, before reaching Leicester Lane.  The final stretch took us to Elms Farm and then thankfully onto dry stone paths and tarmac roadway as we reached the outskirts of Kirby Muxloe. Fortunately the rain held off and this challenging but enjoyable walk was completed as it had started, in bright sunshine.

The leader, Colin Beardmore (undertaking his initial walk as Leader for LFA) remarked that ‘perhaps for today, the letters LFA, should be interpreted to mean Leicestershire Fellow Amphibians !’

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