20 January 2020
The landscapes of the Midlands are widely celebrated - and rightly so. There are also some brilliant Wolsey Lodges in the region, brimming with character and offering the warmest of welcomes to all visiting walkers.
Start, perhaps, with Horseshoe Cottage Farm, a delightful property set in rural Leicestershire within easy reach of East Midlands Airport. More importantly for walkers it's on the newly-gazetted National Forest Way that runs 75 miles from the National Forest Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to the Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire. This takes walkers on a journey tracing the evolution from a rural landscape, through industrialisation, decline and rebirth.
Horseshoe Cottage Farm is also close to the Leicestershire Round, a circuit of the county. This encircles Leicester and passes through some of the most beautiful and historically significant parts of the county including Burrough Hill, Foxton Locks, High Cross, Bosworth battlefield and Charnwood Forest.
You don't, of course, need to take such a long or regimented walk. Horseshoe Cottage Farm is just opposite Bradgate Deer Park and Swithland Woods. There are plenty of shorter walks right from your door, easily tailored to involve a pub or two.