Walk Leader and map reading Training remains available (free, but bring your own
lunch). Just contact Anita(see Contacts page for details).
Anyone wishing to offer to lead a walk please send details to Milton Scott, Walk
Programme Secretary : Julie Nelson will remain the contact for full walk details
and publication of the Newsletter (precis of which will appear on this website).
Milton’s and Julie’s contact details are on the Contacts Page.
Peter Berry has taken the role of Footpath Secretary; please report any footpath
problems to him (see Contacts Page for details)
After each walk, the walk leader is requested to send names of all participants to
Nenette Scrivener (see Contacts page for details)
A Committee vacancy still exists for Minutes Secretary.
The Hinckley Group programme can be viewed on www.hinckleyramblers.org.uk. See Contacts
page for other useful website addresses.
Sunday 23rd Feb, Stamford Town, Lincs. The walk will start from the main Burghley
House car park and will go through the park, joining the old Roman Road, Ermine Street,
for a couple of miles, returning largely via a gravel path. Fine views are likely
of Burghley House, the three day event course and park. Distance about 7 miles though
we can use a short cut, reducing it to about 5 miles. There will be some muddy fields
and a limited number of styles, but we should avoid floods as we shall be on higher
ground. In the event of strong winds, the car park may be closed, but we shall find
Sunday 1st March, The canal, Abbey Park and Historical Leicester. The walk starts
from the Space Centre, Exploration Way in Leicester with car parking there for £3
all day. We shall walk down a track beside the river to Abbey Park, and through to
St Margaret’s Church, and then do an historical walk through the old parts of Leicester
to return back through the park. It will take in Leicester both very old and cutting
edgenew. There will be an opportunity for any members to call in to the Wetherspoon’s
pub on High Street, if desired, for a refreshment stop.
Sunday 15th March, Crackley and Warwick University, HS2 Walk. Parking (free) in Crackley
Lane at the edge of Crackley Wood Nature Reserve. A very varied and interesting walk
involving woods, country lanes and paths, and that provides an opportunity to see,
at first hand, the impact of HS2 on the countryside. No ploughed fields but some
paths are muddy from contractors working nearby. The walk passes the protestors’
camp site and the police surveillance site. It also passes through nature reserves
under threat from HS2, where, currently, the evidence is only preparation work, but
the walk highlights the potential devastation the installation may cause. The route
also goes through the Warwick University campus, which provides a contrast with the
under-threat natural countryside
Sunday 19th April , Napton-on-the-Hill and Lower Shuckburgh. Recommended route from
Lutterworth: drive through Rugby and on straight through Dunchurch on the A426 towards
Southam.. Continue on this road (ignore the first sign left to Napton), along the
long straight and over the (canal) hump-back bridge. At the next cross-road turn
left to Stockton and Napton. Continue through Stockton and on to the junction with
the A425 (Southam - Daventry road). Do not cross this road to enter Napton. Instead,
turn right (west toward Southam). Continue through the 30 mile/h speed limit. Immediately
after leaving the speed limit, and before crossing the canal bridge, turn left into
entrance (signposted “Industrial Estate”, which does not exist) and park.
The walk begins by climbing a small hill into Napton. After walking through Napton
we climb a hill on to a ridge. After walking along the ridge, we descend a hill,
affording views over adjoining countryside, down into Lower Shuckburgh. From there
we cross fields to reach the canal, which we follow back to the bridge on the A425
and thence to our parked cars.
Sunday tba, Watermead Park. The walk will be approx. 6 miles on good footpaths /
tracks. No stiles involved. Parking is at the car park adjacent to the A46, between
the villages of Syston and Wanlip. The country park’s main entrance can be accessed
from Wanlip Road, Syston, near to the Hope and Anchor pub (LE7 1PD). Parking is £2.50.
Sunday tba, Hoby, Nr. Melton Mowbray. The walk starts from Hoby at around 10.30
and goes through Frisby (ice cream available) and then Gaddesby before returning
to Hoby via Brooksby. This is a pretty walk through the rolling countryside around
Melton Mowbray. We wander through Viking villages (as indicated by the ‘by’ at the
end of their names). We meander overopen farmland along beautifully kept footpaths
and through a series of different crops. There are fewstiles but many kissing gates. We
expect the walk totake around 4 hours and we shall stop for coffee and lunch.