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Two views on evolution… Which one do you like best? More “Evolution?”
One great benefit of living in Staveley is that when the Beer Festival comes to town we don’t have to drive anywhere. More “Staveley Beer Festival”
It’s just after Halloween and Thomas the Tank Engine doesn’t believe in ghosts, or does he?
Thomas the Tank Engine has to deliver some trucks around the railway, but one of them is the notorious troublemaker S.C. Ruffey who hatches a cunning plan which ends in disaster. More “Thomas and Scruffey on the
Sandwell Valley Railway”
Inspired by Jon’s tale of the Alps, and the weekend snow, we thought we’d make an attempt on the toughest winter climb in Leicestershire—the imposing 212m of the hill in Bradgate Park, just North of Leicester!
We started from the attractive village of Newtown Linford, where we discovered one of the disadvantages of a thatched roof—they collect a very impressive array of icicles in winter. One cottage looked like the owners could have got concussion just by walking out their front door!
We quickly made our way up onto the snow-covered hills. Conditions were good, with firm ice in many places, but deep drifts of soft snow, particularly in the tall bracken. Our first objective was the hill with the war memorial on top, where Rachel attempted a particularly challenging winter route in the Coire below the summit.
From there we headed through the woods to Old John’s Tower, and then past the mysteriously-named Sliding Stone enclosure—the only sliding this day was on sledges—towards Cropston Reservoir, pausing only to fall waist-deep into a snow-filled ditch.
On our way back we stopped to check out the local wildlife. Bradgate Park is well known for its deer, and they were looking particularly photogenic in the snow. Fortunately, Rachel didn’t try to climb any of them!
Fairly quiet on the CPR too……
Until the train comes by !!!!
… with a very quiet bit in the middle.
This year we had the whole family around. More “A busy Christmas and New Year…”