If you’ve just passed your driving test, or you’re taking driving lessons and due to take your test soon, add these three Leicester parks to your list of places to visit. Now the summer months are here, you’re going to want to sample all of them…
1. Bradgate Park
It’s no wonder this park is rated the top thing to do in Leicester by TripAdvisor reviewers. Drive here once you’ve got your new wheels and you’ve got more than 800 acres of countryside to see. Bring some friends, pack a picnic and pitch up next to the River Lin. Or visit on a Sunday and you can wander around the ruins of Bradgate House. Entry is free, so you’ll just need to pay for parking, and it’s easy to get to – leave Leicester by the A50 westwards and set your sat nav to LE6 0HB. Bradgate park is pictured above.
2. Abbey Park
Just a mile north of the city centre, Abbey Park is divided into two separate areas by the River Soar, which runs through it. The western side is the one for history buffs – this is where you’ll find the ruins of Leicester Abbey and Cavendish House. Over on the eastern side there’s a boating lake, miniature railway and plenty of greenery. Plus, you’ll find a cafe right in the middle. If you’re using a sat nav to get there, the postcode is LE4 5AQ.
3. Watermead Park
If the sun is shining and you fancy a barbecue, Watermead Park is the place. It has a designated area with huge granite boulders to barbecue on, as well as plenty of picnic benches. Elsewhere in the park there are lakes, lots of walks and plenty of cycle routes. Pack the car up before you leave and you could easily spend all day here. Use the postcode LE7 1PD.
But before you drive to any of these places you will need to have passed your driving test and that is where Awards Driving School come in. At Awards Driving School Leicester, with the right tuition and encouragement, our pupils are ‘test ready’ after receiving between 20 and 30 hours of tuition, depending on your age (the DSA suggests that many learner drivers will take between 55 and 70 hours to be ready to take their test). At the moment our first time pass rate is currently an impressive 61%.