This year's walk will be a joint event with the newly formed ITI East Midlands Group, at Calke Abbey, a National Trust property near Ashby-de-la Zouch, at the heart of its own large estate, on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border.
See http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey for full details.
There is a £2.50 admission charge (payable on entry to the park) for non-NT members, covering parking and use of catering and other facilities. Anyone who would like to come but not walk can spend the afternoon exploring the house and garden (extra charge payable).
The walk itself is just over 5 miles long, around the Calke estate and the nearby forests and lakes, on undulating terrain.
If you wish to eat beforehand, please meet at 12 noon in the picnic area behind the ticket office (no need to buy a ticket here unless you are going into the house or garden, so go through the entrance to the right of this office). There is a coffee shop kiosk in the picnic area selling light snacks and with undercover seating. Alternatively, there is a restaurant selling snacks and hot food, so if the weather is not suitable for a picnic, we can eat in the main coffee shop (allow a little extra time if you intend to do this).
We’ll aim to start the walk at 1pm prompt, so that we have time for further refreshments when we get back.
Coming from Birmingham, Calke is about 15 minutes from J13 of the M42/A42, and well signposted from this junction.
I would like to thank EMG member Angela Goley (who works as a NT volunteer at Calke) for her assistance in preparing this walk.
Everyone is welcome but please note, participants should consider themselves to be on a private excursion – neither the organiser nor the WMG can accept any liability for accidents or injuries sustained by anyone involved.
Organiser: Mike Hanson
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