Stay Healthy. Keep Safe.
This route has all the same warnings as the Woodhouse May Day Challenge Route
You will be running on a narrow twisty road between Bradgate Park (Hallgates Car Park) and Swithland Woods North Car Park.
You will be running on a steep, twisting narrow roads between Donnas Lane and the Swithland Road junction.
This route runs up and over the monument – the route down is very, very steep and has exposed rocks.
This run is the majority ofthe Woodhouse May Day Challenge route.
Loos and bin information is the same as there are no facilities on the section of the Challenge route removed from here.
This run is the majority of the Woodhouse May Day Challenge.
On those notes I’ve flagged that the section from Bradgate Park (Hallgates car park) to Woodhouse Eaves via Swithland is across long field trails which can become very awkward during and after wet weather.
This route provides an alternative route and starts / finishes at Newton Linford.
The run starts at the Newton Linford Car Park in Bradgate Park.
Run straight through the park on the footpath, past Bradgate House
Until you reach Hallgates car park at the far side of the park. Go left through the car park so the toilet block is on your right.
At the end of the car park on the right hand side is a gateway, go through the gate.
Then bear right towards the road
Turn left on the road, start on the narrow pavement inside the wooden stakes and cross when safe to do so
Run up this road to the Swithland Woods North Car Park
Go through the car park, keeping parallel to the road you have just left. Beware of cars parking etc. then run past the honesty box and on to a gravel path
Just after the narrow stream and bridge, the path splits, bear left and follow that path
Until you reach a gateway. Go through the gateway, turn right and stay on the narrow path for 20 yards.
Turn right through the stile and up the narrow track
When you reach the wooden gateway, go through and bear left on the gravel track
The track becomes a narrow, tarmac road near a caravan park at Donna’s Lane. Lorries do use this roadway, so take care.
At the end of the track, go through the wooden gate and turn right.
On to a very steep, narrow twisting road. Stay on the grass for this section, these are blind bends with fast traffic.
After you run past the entrance to Swithland Car Park (South), stay on the right hand side pavemen and cross when you see the junction ahead of you.
You will be going left at this junction and will be on pavements until the far end of Woodhouse Eaves village.
Turn left on Brand Hill (the name is a clue and it isn’t down) and run up towards and through Newton Linford village.
When you reach the village hall, the remainder of this run is the same route as the first 6 miles of the Woodhouse May day challenge.
Variations on the route