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*April National Ramble – Donisthorpe Woodland Park, Leicestershire

Donisthorpe Woodland Park                For more photos click here

On a bright, sunny but cold, morning a large group of 30 scooter riders and walkers met and in Donisthorpe Woodland Park, which is in the National Forest in Leicestershire.  This area was a formally a colliery now reclaimed into a picturesque new landscape. The first part of the ramble was along the Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail that led through to Conkers Adventure Park where we had our coffee break before continuing to the level crossing and had to wait for the train to pass.  Then through Sarah’s Wood, where Alan Titchmarsh planted some of the first trees and along the Ashby Canal to Moira Furnace where we stopped for lunch in the sunshine and indulged in chocolate cakes from the café.  After lunch we followed the canal back into the Donisthorpe Woodland Park area and followed the pathways through the woods back to the car park where we were made welcome at the café for tea and cakes before setting off home. Judy




Judy Cunningham