Winter Walk in Bradgate Park

If you're celebrating it at the moment this walk will be a nice way to celebrate the last day of Christmas! We'll meet on the Newtown Linford side of Bradgate Park LE6 0HB

Start time: Meet 9:30am under the tree in the Bradgate Park Car Park on the Newtown Linford side. Those of us coming on bus will be with you just after 9:36am!

We'll start walking at 9:45am. We should get to the tea room just ahead of it opening at 10:30am. (Lots of picnic benches outside thankfully!). We can leave the tea room around 11:15am and be back at the car park for around 11:45am. (I'm afraid bus users it means we need to wait around for a full hour until the bus for Leicester at 12:40pm but I've made the start time earlier so we don't have to hang around / waste money in cafes both sides of the walk.)

Buses: 120 Roberts coaches to Coalville. £4.50 return. Leaves St Margarets Bus Station at 9:13am. Arrives Newtown Linford at 9:36am. (Next one doesn't leave Leicester until 11:13am).

Return bus leaves Newtown Linford Main Street for Leicester at 12:43pm (one after that is 2:43pm).

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Where walk will go: uphill along horse trail, along top of ridge, downhill to Deer Barn cafe, 30 or so mins in cafe, back to car park along flat tarmac path

Terrain: first 10mins very steep and uneven, next 25mins very uneven and flat with perhaps an occasional small leap needed, 5mins downhill, 45mins sit down and toilet facilities, 25mins level tarmac

What shoes to wear: proper walking boots - could be quite muddy and I don't want anyone twisting their ankle on the first half of the walk!

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  • Abi

    very well organised and a great first walk for me, thanks Lizzie!

    1 · January 9, 2013

  • Sai M.

    thq lizzie ....i had an wonderful day..!!

    January 9, 2013

  • Gareth W.

    Really enjoyed myself.

    January 9, 2013

  • Deirdre

    Thanks Lizzie - I really enjoyed my first walk with the group - and how lucky we were with the weather.

    January 7, 2013

  • Kath

    Great walk and nice weather

    January 5, 2013

  • Tom

    A route I'd not gone on so full marks Lizze.

    January 5, 2013

  • Pete S.

    Yes well organised Lizzie, fantastic job!

    January 5, 2013

  • Paul

    nice walk and lovely weather, thanks for organising it Lizzie :-)

    January 5, 2013

  • David

    Sorry, missed bus by 4 mins. Next time let's go somewhere more accessible.

    Shame the UK has public transport similar to that found in a 'third world' country.

    January 5, 2013

    • Lizzie H.

      Sorry to hear that David! Which bus were you aiming for? I suggested in the comments / info that we met at St Margarets bus station at 9am to ensure we were there for the 9:13am bus. Were you catching one from a different direction?

      January 5, 2013

    • David

      I got to St M at 9.17. Ha. Glad you all enjoyed it.

      January 5, 2013

  • Jacqueline R.

    Excellent, really enjoyed this one!

    January 5, 2013

  • Jo H.

    Hi! Sounds great. I'm looking forward to meeting you all as it will be the first walk I've attended. I will be coming by car (so any start time fine) and perhaps with a friend, but not sure yet. Just hope I can find you all OK! x

    December 30, 2012

    • Lizzie H.

      Hi Jo. Looking forward to having you join us! You should have got an email from me today that has my mobile number for if you gets stuck. You will see a group of suspicious looking people under a really obvious tree in the car park. We're used to random people coming up and saying "Are you the meetup group?" so please feel comfortable to do the same! You should recognize faces from this page. I'll be wearing a light brown fleece and cream woolly hat if that helps! Lizzie

      January 2, 2013

    • Jo H.

      Thanks Lizzie. Sorry I'm unable to make it after all. :( Hope to see you at the next one. Jo

      January 5, 2013

  • Sonal

    Sorry I am unable to make the walk tomorrow now.

    January 4, 2013

    • Andrew M.

      Sorry you won't be joining us, and you wouldn't even have been cold this time aswel . See you soon. Andy.

      January 4, 2013

  • Jacqueline R.

    Hi Lizzie,
    I live in Wigston and will be travelling via the outer link road past Fosse Park. If that is any good to anyone, I am happy to give a lift both ways. Let me know.
    Jackie

    January 4, 2013

  • Rashmi

    Well if we had started a little later the bus users wouldnt have to wait afterwards.

    January 4, 2013

    • Lizzie H.

      Hi. Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately if we started at 10:30am the bus users would have to hang around for an hour from 9:36am to 10:30am. I figured there was more chance of lifts in the general direction of Leicester on peoples' way home than people being picked up from their individual homes on the way to Bradgate Park...

      January 4, 2013

  • Lizzie H.

    Just wondering if after the walk anyone can drop bus users off somewhere around the edge of Leicester city centre on their way home otherwise it will become a very expensive morning for them with an hour of hanging around too! Looks like there will be 4 or 5. Thanks kindly!

    January 4, 2013

  • David

    If anyone can offer me a lift from Leicester, please get in touch. (I'll be happy to contribute petrol and parking money.)

    December 31, 2012

    • Lizzie H.

      Thanks! i'm going by this: http://www.leics.gov....­

      January 3, 2013

    • Lizzie H.

      just checked google maps and the 12:43pm 120 bus Newtown Linford to Leicester is still coming up. I normally use transport direct for bus times...

      January 3, 2013

  • Lizzie H.

    Hi Gareth. See you at St Margaret's Bus Station around 9am?

    January 2, 2013

  • Abi

    I'll be driving from ashby-de-la-zouch, happy to offer lifts from this direction if anyone lives en route.

    January 2, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    If anyone needs a lift fro the Groby, Ratby, Ansty area, let me know

    December 31, 2012

  • Sai M.

    Hi can anyone update ur Contact numbers plz

    December 30, 2012

  • Sai M.

    im very happy to attend can any one plz give me ur contact number to make sure I dont get misguided like before or u can texte at[masked] ...sai...!

    December 23, 2012

  • Rashmi

    Hi Lizzie hope you are feeling better now. I thought the 10.30 time was good as we did on last Sat. For 10 am i find i may be rushing a little.

    December 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to wrapping up warm and cosy for this one :)

    November 22, 2012

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