Over the last year I have been exploring footpaths around Leicestershire and trying to create some circular walks. This route is a little over 8 miles long. During this scenic route you will come across some of Leicestershire’s history. Including an abandoned medieval village and the scene of one of Leicester’s most famous unsolved murders.…… Continue reading Leicestershire Walks: 8 mile Great Glen round via Little Stretton, Kings Norton & Burton Overy.
Bradgate Park is Leicester’s most well known and beloved public park. Leicester locals are mostly familiar with its 850 acres which is home to rare birds, fallow deer and its iconic landmarks. However, there are a few things that not many people may know about. The following pages contain 5 things you probably didn’t know…… Continue reading 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Bradgate Park
Opened in the summer of 1934, the outdoor lido in Leicester was the summertime haunt of many of Leicester’s youngsters. With its large unheated semi circle pool, large grass area for sunbathing and a cafe for ice cream and snacks, the pool could see thousands of residents during the warm (and not so warm) seasons.…… Continue reading Kenwood Lido in Knighton, Leicester – Closed in the 1970’s
May 18, 1904, Leicester’s first tram service was underway. The event attracted crowds in their thousands. Today this may seem a bit confusing, thousands of people lining Leicester’s Clock Tower to witness a tramcar? But at that time nearly everyone in the city used public transport. The car was only in its infancy and the…… Continue reading The History Behind Leicester’s Art Deco Tram Shelters
“Canary Cottage” is named after its yellow exterior, is a tiny thatched cottage that is now dwarfed by a large grain dryer. Its can be seen from the A47
The quaint church of St. James in Drayton is the smallest church in Leicestershire.
East Norton Tunnel sits a mile south of East Norton village, between the A47 and Hallaton village. The tunnel, originally built in 1879 is 444 yards long.
RAF Fauld was a military munitions storage in Staffordshire. It exploded by accident in 1944 and was the largest explosion to have ever occurred on UK soil. It is also the largest non-nuclear explosion in the world. History of the store. The RAF took over an existing alabaster mine in 1937 for use as a…… Continue reading The Largest Explosion Ever On UK Soil, RAF Fauld
Imagine a rugby scrum involving hundreds of willing participants. Pushing, shoving, rucking, mauling, punching and kicking each other over a small keg of beer. In a field full of hedgerows, trees and barbed wire fences. The goal lines being two brooks, over a mile apart. There is one aim, to get the keg of beer over your village’s brook.
For hundreds of years, myths and legends have been attached to this once prominent feature of the Leicestershire landscape.