LEICESTERSHIRE ROUND IN PUB WALKS – DAY 7
MONDAY 3RD AUGUST 2020 – THE WHEATSHEAF INN, WOODHOUSE EAVES
The next in my series ‘Leicestershire Round in Pub Walks’ will start and finish at The Wheatsheaf Inn in Woodhouse Eaves. The Wheatsheaf serves food at lunchtime and after 6pm so I will have a later start than usual and no need to rush. Booking for food is essential at this establishment – particularly in current circumstances. If you’re planning to come along, please contact me beforehand to make necessary arrangements.
13:00-15:00 – Wheatsheaf Inn to Bradgate Park Entrance
15:00-15:30 – Coffee/lunch Stop at Cafe opposite Bradgate Park
15:30-17:45 – Bradgate Park Entrance to Woodhouse Eaves
17:45-19:00 – Socially distanced dining at The Wheatsheaf Inn
Distance: 10.5 miles with just under 5 miles on the Leicestershire Round.
I start out at the Wheatsheaf Inn near Woodhouse Eaves. The route takes me south towards Cropston reservoir. I take a leisurely route around the reservoir heading for a coffee stop at one of the cafes opposite Bradgate Park entrance.
This is where I pick up ‘The Round’ and head through Bradgate Park and on to Woodhouse Eaves. I’ll continue along ‘The Round’ for a while longer to make the most of the day and then head back to the Wheatsheaf for some welcoming pub grub.
Bradgate Park was first enclosed as a deer park around 800 years ago. It provides 830 acres of publicly accessible countryside close to Leicester City Centre. The Park offers a wild and rugged landscape with dramatic rocky outcrops and gnarled old oak trees, many of which are well over 500 years old. The landscape offers some of the finest views, and is rich in change throughout the seasons. If you do not fancy exploring the hills, the lower part of the Park is easily accessible, with a tarmac carriage-way running through this area, that is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Our Visitor Centre is in the heart of the Park, alongside the carriage-way at the Deer Barns, where you will also find one of our two Tearooms. The Centre is free and open every day, thanks to support by our Visitor Experience Volunteer Guides. The exhibitions tell the story of the Bradgate Estate and its fascinating natural and human history.
For more information about this extraordinary and beautiful area, visit the Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood Website