Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Guided Walks and Coach Trips Coming Up

You can now find details of my Guided Walks (as well as Coach Trips, of course) in March and April on the website. Just look under “Upcoming Events”.

Sorry it’s taken so long to get these details processed. I’m afraid it was due to technical reasons which were totally out of my control.

A good proportion of the walks are in the City of Leicester, with others in various places around Leicestershire. And there are two walks in London.

The very popular walk “Welford Road Cemetery”, around Leicester’s magnificent Victorian necropolis, is happening again.

Also very popular indeed are the Ghost Walks. There are two of these coming up, “Haunted Belgrave” and “Walk in Dread”, around the New Walk area.

Others in the city are “Faith in Leicester”, looking at historic churches and the sites of others long demolished; “Old Belgrave”, the suburb which was once a country village; “Mediaeval Leicester”, the oldest parts of the city, where many chapters of English history are set; and “Waterside Leicester”, beside the river and canal, but staying close to the City Centre.

Then there’s “Waterside Belgrave”, viewing two locks, two 18th century mansions, an ancient church and an ancient bridge, as well as the iconic National Space Centre; “Secrets of New Walk”, Leicester’s unique Georgian footway; and “Waterside Aylestone”, by the River Soar, the canal, the mysterious River Biam and the Great Central Way.

Around the county there’s “Ashby-de-la-Zouch”, a delightful market town where Sir Walter Scott set “Ivanhoe”; “Market Bosworth”, another little market town which gave its name to the crucial battle where Richard III lost his crown and his life, and the Tudor dynasty came to power; and “Whitwick”, now a suburb of Coalville, which has plenty of unexpected history.

There’s also “Mountsorrel”, famous for its Butter Cross and its granite; and “Waterside Loughborough”, featuring the lovely Charnwood Water as well as the town’s canals.

There are two walks in London, on the same day, so that if you are coming a long way it is feasible to do both. “Smithfield and Clerkenwell” covers a very historic area of London, close to the City, which tends to be ignored by tourists and guides alike. And “The Grim Reapers London” is a look at the ways, some rather macabre, in which Death has made his presence felt.

The Coach Trips in this period are “Old Mercia Tour”, around Leicestershire’s borders with Staffordshire and Derbyshire; “Richmond” in Yorkshire, including a Guided Walk; and “Essex Tour”, exploring this lovely county and visiting Saffron Walden, Halstead and Maldon, with an additional stop at Finchingfield, the most photographed village in England.

So I’m sure there must be plenty there that you’ll find interesting. Hope to see you!