CHA stands for Countrywide Holidays Association- an organisation founded by the Rev. TA Leonard
in 1894 under the name Co-operative Holidays. He started taking young factory workers
from his congregation into the nearby countryside for a short holiday. The idea blossomed
and soon several guests houses were bought in various various parts of the country to
accommodate people wanting a walking holiday. Local clubs were formed when people
returned home from holiday enthused by their experiences. The name eventually changed
to the Countrywide Holidays Association. The brand name is now owned by Ramblers Holidays.
Leicester CHA has been organising rambles for people of all ages and abilities
since it was founded in 1907. Centenary celebrations included a planting of a
tree in Watermead Park in the city and the unveiling of a commemorative seat
on Windmill Hill, Woodhouse Eaves, in the county.