We explored the newly completed path at Willesley Woods this week - big thumbs up to the Woodland Trust for all the work that they have put into this over the last couple of months.
The work seems to be pretty much completed now - the second of the new gates had just been installed when we went and the compound at the end of the driveway dismantled. There were still a few reminders of the works waiting to be tidied away but I'm guessing that will all be done over the next few days.
For those that aren't familiar with the area, Willesley Woods is a Woodland Trust site (in the beautiful National Forest) and is a great spot for a ramble with the family or a dog walk. The circular walk around the lake takes 30 to 45 minutes. The downside used to be that in places it could pretty muddy and boggy after wet weather but over the last couple of months a brand new hard path has been installed that goes the whole way around the lake which will make it brilliant for walking in the winter months.
It should also be a fab place for those with mobility problems. The new gates look be fitted with RADAR key padlocks that should allow wheelchair users to open them fully and access the path - great idea. Mark has to wear oxygen for walking now and this walk is perfect for keeping his fitness levels up. The new path makes the circuit around the lake much more accessible for him as it gives an easier walking surface (previously we often used to have to restrict his walks here to the hard path up from the car park and back).
Big thanks for Woodland Trust for doing this - I'd highly recommend a visit.
I just can't resist a footpath sign. The lure of that little arrow just says 'explore me' and sooner or later I just have to find out where it goes. Happily the National Forest is just full of paths. Public footpaths, permissive paths, tracks, trails and long distance paths - we've got the lot!