City features in cultural walks guide
Posted: Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:05
A walking route designed by Leicester school pupils to highlight some of the city's best historical and cultural sites has been chosen for inclusion in a national guide.
Year 8 and 9 geography students from Moat Community College and Soar Valley College have created a walk around Leicester, which introduces visitors to key city landmarks, spectacular religious buildings and sporting superstars which have links to Olympic and Paralympic nations.
It also looks at how the city was built and has prospered, and how its buildings, monuments and people connect to the rest of the world.
The walk was created for an Olympic-themed project by the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, to encourage people to explore their local environments and their cities' links to the other Olympic nations.
Leicester's walk, entitled Travels and Journeys, will now be included on the Walk the World website, which is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad's Discovering Places campaign. Visitors to the site will also be able to contribute their own ideas and facts linking Leicester to the Olympic nations.
RGS-IBG director, Dr Rita Gardner, said: "Leicester has a wealth of international links in its geography and history and with Olympic fervour at its peak what better time to explore and discover the unexpected on your own doorstep.
"We hope that local residents will find this another exciting way that they can get involved with the Olympics and look forward to reading what suggestions they put forward for links in the region with other Olympic nations."
People can try out the Travels and Journeys walk by visiting www.walktheworld.org.uk for details. It contains a self-guided walk following a 2.5-mile route from Leicester Railway Station to Town Hall Square, and includes a map and audio commentary.
The project is funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor.
Leicester Assistant City Mayor for heritage, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair added: "The Walk the World project is a great way for people to learn more about their local area, including both historical features and natural environments.
"It continues the inspiring theme of the London 2012 Olympics both by encouraging people to learn about their city's links to other nations, and also getting people out doing healthy, gentle exercise."