A girl can never have enough woods, so we went to the Outwoods and Jubilee Wood, which is just a bit further towards the motorway from Beacon Hill in Leicestershire. It is easy to get to and the car park is only £1. There is plenty of space to walk around, but these woods are smaller than the ones I’ve told you about in the last couple of days. The woods themselves are accessible 24 hours a day, just in case you are an insomniac. The car park however only opens at 6am and closes at midnight. That’s still longer than most of the places we’ve mentioned.
There are a couple of different trails you can follow, with some fun woodland carvings. The woodland itself covers 110 acres and is one of the oldest surviving woodlands in the area. There is quite a lot of restoration and improvement going on at the moment, but some of that, including a café and visitor centre, is due to finish soon. The good thing is that the improvements are to return the woods to their natural state and not to make them what we think they should be today.
This wood was comparatively busy, given that it is smaller. If, like Mum, you are still keen to social distance from people, it is much harder to this, particularly at the entrance point to the wood.
Jubilee Woods are a further 10 hectares of woodland, which sits alongside Outwoods. You use the same car park for both woods and can easily go from one to the other. The Jubilee Woods was presented to Leicestershire in 1977 to commemorate the Queen’s silver jubilee.
We didn’t actually go into Jubilee Wood so we still have something new to do next time.