Accessed within seconds of leaving the A50 heading towards Leicester, this is a great stop off. If you're peckish, turn left into the village where there's a chip shop and a coop. If Fido is desperate, turn right towards Groby Pool, you'll see the car park on your left. From here, there a short, safe, stretch your legs walks just off the car park into a meadow; then you can wander up to Groby Pool and admire the birds. There is an option for a much longer walk, even taking you as far as Bradgate Park, with practically no road walking.
GPS coords for car park: 52.6665, -1.2246 Watch out for cows in the meadows
If you want a longer walk, head up towards the pool and keep going. After a short while, you'll get to the edge of the pool, and a bend in the road. There's a yellow footpath sign here, on the left, head through onto the path. A little way in, you'll see a track through the meadow leading up to the wood. It's nice to take this, and wander around the edge of the wood until you hit the track again. Or you can go straight on. In fact, go straight on is the key phrase here, as eventually you'll reach Newtown Linford, which has 3 cafes, and , if you turn left as you exit the footpath, there's a pub called The Bradgate further up on the right.
And, of course, the main attraction, Bradgate Park, which you enter though the car park, feeling smug as you see that you've avoided paying for parking.
Remember you have to walk back too!
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Edited: 9th February 2023. The details of this listing may have changed, and though the Driving with Dogs team do our best to confirm the accuracy of every listing, we cannot guarantee that the details are fully up to date and accurate. If you know that any aspect of this listing is incorrect, please suggest an edit to let us know.