Posted: Mon, 02 May 2022 12:00
Walking month is a perfect excuse to get out and about as a family, spending precious time together and exploring some of the beautiful parks and open spaces across Leicester and Leicestershire.
Need some ideas on where to visit? Here's 9 different walks to enjoy as a family throughout National Walking Month:
Blaby - Bouskell Park
Visit this park in the historic area of Blaby, which is at the start of the Blaby Heritage Trail. Under the turf you can see the medieval street plan of the original site of Blaby village. An original ice house can be found on site as well as a lake and Black Spinney. This is a good circular walk on a gravel path. There are picnic tables within the park and a small car park is available.
Charnwood - Beacon Hill Country Park
Enjoy a family day out with magnificent views, woodland walks and open heathland. Discover the labyrinth and the many unique wooden sculptures. Visit the children's play area near the lower car park and discover the hazel maze and log train in the Natural Play Area. You can even build your own den! Beacon Hill Cafe offers both dine-in and takeaway services and is open daily.
Harborough - Foxton Locks
For a fascinating family day out in Leicestershire, head to the iconic Foxton Locks. The site is home to the longest, steepest staircase flight of locks in Britain and sits in 34 acres of natural green spaces with a wide variety of wildlife. With long and short walking routes available along canal towpaths and fields, it's the perfect chance to get out in the open Leicestershire air.
Also located at the site are two pubs, two cafés, a museum and the chance to hire a day boat. Time spent by water can help us to feel happier and healthier so a visit to Foxton is the perfect way to recharge the batteries, enjoy some quality family time and glimpse into Leicestershire's colourful history.
Hinckley & Bosworth - Market Bosworth Country Park
Market Bosworth Country Park, with its open grassland is a great place for a family day out. There are facilities for picnics, and a visit to the play area is always popular with the children. The network of surfaced paths throughout the park provides access for all. Follow the many paths including those that lead to Bosworth Battlefield and beyond.
Leicester City - Abbey Park
Abbey Park is a beautiful park that lies approximately one mile north of the city centre and is a great place to visit as a family. The park includes the fascinating Abbey Grounds with the remains of the twelfth century Leicester Abbey, and the ruins of Cavendish House, a seventeenth century mansion. You can also explore the highly decorative Victorian part of the park with its evergreen shrubberies, trees, boating lake, miniature railway and flower displays. There is a large play area suitable for children of all ages and grassed areas for ball games. The popular pet's corner on the western side of the park is free to enter and has a selection of birds and animals.
Melton - Melton Country Park
There's something for all the family at Melton Country Park; explore 140 acres of wildlife lakes, footpaths trails and children's play areas. There's a wide range of play facilities for children of all ages, including a climbing forest, and even an Intelligent Play System (I Play) which uses gaming technology to make exercise fun for kids and big kids. The Country Park is only a ten minute walk from the town centre and there is also a visitors centre with a cafe.
North West Leicestershire - Hicks Lodge
Hicks Lodge is a great place to walk, cycle and much more! In the heart of the National Forest, Hicks Lodge is a former coal mining site that has been totally transformed by new plantings and exciting trails for you to enjoy.
Join Superworm and friends on their brand-new adventure at Hicks Lodge. The new self-led trail features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask. The trail should keep the young ones entertained for around an hour leaving plenty of time to find more fun and explore the forest.
Oadby & Wigston - Brocks Hill Country Park
Brocks Hill Country Park was opened in 1999 and covers 67 acres, containing young broadleaved plantation woodland, orchards, hedgerows, ponds, meadows and a medieval ridge and furrow field, with a network of accessible paths. Play areas inspired by the natural environment and den building area provide a popular family focus. The park also provides a range of informal recreational activities including orienteering, themed trails, a human sundial and sculptures.
Rutland - Rutland Water
Rutland Water is one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe, and the largest in England (by surface area) and is considered one of the best designed, both environmentally and aesthetically. Set in over 3,000 acres of beautiful rolling countryside there are plenty of activities found around and on the water for families to explore. From a gentle stroll on a summer's day to taking in the changing seasons during autumn, Rutland Water provides the perfect backdrop at any time of the year. With miles of trails and walking routes to discover and an ever-changing landscape to explore, no two visits are ever the same.
Let's Get Moving throughout National Walking Month!