*Bradgate Park Regional Ramble



On a misty November morning in Leicestershire our group of 14 (7 scooters and 7 walkers) set off from Newtown Linford car park along the Leicestershire Round towards the Deer Barn Visitor Centre. We passed numerous Fallow and Red Deer on the way which kept our photographers in the group very busy.  We climbed and circled the perimeter of Bradgate House and Chapel remains just before having our first stop at the Visitor Centre where some members enjoyed coffee and goodies whilst others, including the Trampers went inside to view the exhibition which told the story of the park. We continued and climbed to a viewing point overlooking Cropston Reservoir descending to the to the newly opened Memorial Wood.  Our lunch stop was at Hallgates before climbing the fairly steep hill up to Old John Tower.  From there we would have viewed the countryside but the mist denied the group of that pleasure.  After passing the War Memorial Del had a puncture which Bernard and Vincent repaired before descending the hill and returning to the car park at Newtown Linford.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day, including two prospective members who we hope to see again next year on future rambles. Judy

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