“Wonderful Land”, so an advert read in a recent copy of Metro, “England’s very best short breaks” (see VisitEngland.com) The three page spread featured Rutland so I started to read. “Rutland Water, the largest man-made lake in Europe. Set in 4,000 acres of land it’s a haven for walkers and wild-life watchers.” “Despite Rutland’s size, there’s a long distance footpath entirely within its boundaries. The Rutland Round is a circular route of 65 miles in delightful scenery.” Staffordshire offers, a corner of the Peak District, the Roaches and Cannock Chase, “where miles of footpaths and cycle trails criss-cross the rolling hills and purple heather.” Even East Lincolnshire, not my favourite walking county “now hosts the annual Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival which welcomes more than 2,000 walkers”. Although North York Moors and the Howardian Hills extolls the virtues of the countryside they don’t mention walking but there is a hint that it’s best to get out of the car. Moving north, Hadrian’s Wall is best explored using “The Hadrian Wall Path National Trail … offering to see the wall at close quarters.” While Northumberland offers miles of lakeside and forest trails, for an enchanting walk and a picture of a walker in the hills.
No mention of Leicestershire in this Visit England promotion but as we well know our county has much to offer the visitor or local in the varied countryside on our doorstep. We just have to hope that councillors value the income from visitors and continue to support spending on the path network so that we can all enjoy it.