Originally uploaded by stephenlamb
I used to do a lot of walking in the countryside and have decided to try it again. I am hoping to do a walk each weekend from now onwards - and of course my camera will go with me. Leicestershire County Council have published leaflets detailing walks in the county and I am using them as a starting point. My first walk was last weekend from Anstey which is to the north west of Leicester. The route took me from the village to Bradgate Park, Cropston, Crown Hills Park and then back to Anstey. The walk is about 10 kilometres or 6.25 miles. A leaflet about the walk can be downloaded from here.
Here are some of the photographs that I took along the way:
This is an old packhorse bridge which is crossed on the way out of Anstey towards Leicester.
I liked the stark outlines of this dying tree - it was alongside the path that I walked along.
The ruins of Bradgate House are in the foreground. It was the home of Lady Jane Grey who was queen of England for nine days in 1553 when she was 16 years old. Her accession to the throne was part of a plan to stop Mary Tudor becoming queen and reversing the protestant reformation. The plan failed and Lady Jane Grey was executed for treason the following year.
Part of the ruins of Bradgate House - the building on the left is the chapel and is the most complete part of the ruins.
King William's bridge was built for the visit of King William III to Bradgate Park in 1696.