Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Walking the Walls (A Guided Walk in Leicester)

[An image showing Walking the Walls]“Walking the Walls” is a particularly fascinating Guided Walk in Leicester, devised and led by the well known Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby, of Colin Crosby Heritage Tours.

These strolls are a most enjoyable way of soaking up some Local History.

The walk starts outside Leicester’s Town Hall.

Leicester, one of England’s oldest towns, was a Roman walled town and a mediaeval walled town. Although nothing of the town wall remains, its line is known, and this walk follows that line in a complete circuit.

This gives an unrivalled view of how big the Old Town was, or more realistically how small.

It also shows how Leicester has shifted. There are parts that are clearly in the City Centre today, but are actually outside the wall, while other parts within the wall would no longer be regarded as City Centre locations.

The walk takes in Horsefair Street, then past the site of the South Gate (near the still-standing Magazine Gateway), and by way of St. Mary de Castro Church to the site of the West Gate.

Crossing over West Bridge, the route follows the canal towpath before crossing Soar Lane Island, eventually reaching the site of the North Gate near All Saints Church.

After running the length of Sanvey Gate, the route turns right by St. Margarets Church and along Church Gate to the Clock Tower, close to, but outside, the site of the East Gate.

Then it’s along Gallowtree Gate, a mediaeval bypass, and back to the Town Hall.

Anybody who has been on “Walking the Walls” looks at Leicester afterwards in a completely different way.

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'Walking the Walls' costs £5.00 per person, or £4.00 if paying in advance. The guided walk begins at Town Hall, and is running on:

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If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please telephone Colin on (0116) 2611576 or email him at

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