Thu, 2014 Apr 24 10:46 AM BST
With Harry, Maureen, Stuart and Rita. A fine walk, and weather improved. Decent views. 11 miles, give or take a whisker.
We parked at Bradgate Park car park in Newtown Linford, rurned right out of the entrance and walked away from the park along the village main street, taking the footpath on our left, about 70 yards after the junction with Markfield Road.
|View to Bradgate Park|
We turn left along the road with its fine houses, past the 'lovely' Polly Botts Lane, until we meet and cross Priory Lane.We go straight ahead along the private road/public footpath, past the ruined priory. We take the right hand fork (waymarkers are clear), behind Ulverscroft Lodge Farm, and turn right along field boundaries, which we follow until we reach the drive to Black Hill. Here we turn left and walk until we meet Beacon Road. We turn right, and walk along the verge,as far as the cross roads. We go through the gate into Beacon Hill Country Park. At the charcoal burner we join the path to the left which heads north west parallel to the Shepshed Road.
|Look, we have shadows!|
|Spot the Old Man of the Beacon|
At the top of this we follow our noses and paths to the Old Man of the Beacon rock formation, and on to the trig point and toposcope.
Time for lunch, and admire the view. The sun has come out too. And there are swallows.
Down from the top via the tracks in the country park, coming out opposite the Broombriggs car park.
|The viewing platform is open on Saturdays and Sundays|
|Testing the technology|
|The final climb|
A short walk to the Old John Folly, where we have another break before going down to the ruins of Bradgate House, where Jane Grey spent her childhood, then along the path next to the river Lin. Herds of red and fallow deer are in evidence.
|The ruins of Bradgate House|
In all around 11 miles. Unfortunately we arrive back just as all the teashops are closing, and we are forced to buy ice cream instead. Shame!