A Day Out in Leicestershire

TomTom, our satnav, was very accurate on the trip to Leicestershire for a get-together with our clicker Cilla and her OH for a trip to one of Cilla’s favourite walking areas, Bradgate Park, famous for its deer population. We arrived at 9.30am as planned!

We had refreshments in one of the cafes at Bradgate on arrival before a quick look around the Visitor Centre, which detailed the long geological as well as man-made history of the park. There are many routes to take at Bradgate and we started our walk along a stretch of the River Lin. The deer herds in the park are wild and there is no public access in the part known as the Deer Sanctuary on the far side of the river.

River Lin

We didn’t have to go far before seeing the ruins of Bradgate House, the birthplace and childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, the Queen of England for nine days in 1553.

Ruins of Bradgate House

The ancient oaks at Bradgate are magnificent and there are examples of pollarding among them. According to local history, the groundskeepers of the day marked the occasion of Lady Jane’s execution by pollarding the estate’s oak trees in a symbolic beheading!

Beautiful oak

Ancient oak

Of course, all the time we were walking we were on the look out for the famous deer.

Looking the wrong way!

And they know it!


The deer were mostly quite a long way off.

Grazing males

But I did manage to get close enough to these beauties, who really weren’t bothered by my presence.

Red deer

The group above were situated just to the left of the folly, known as Old John Tower, a major landmark of Bradgate Park, 690 feet above sea level and built in 1784.

Old John Tower

The weather was changeable but we didn’t get too wet!

Incoming weather

After walking just under 5 miles, we hit a local cafe for delicious fish and chips. It was a really lovely day and I hope to go back there again! Leaving you with this:

Family photo


14 Responses

  1. gertie says:

    Am so glad you saw some of the Oaks Jane, and was fascinated by your info re their symbolic pollarding :lol: I should love to go and hug one! ;-)
    You visited at a golden moment in the year too :good: :rose:

  2. cilla says:

    Lovely blog Jane and I didn’t know or had forgotten about the pollarding. I wish the photos had been bigger but when I last did a blog I had to check every time I posted the photos that they were on the large format or they just went back to small for some reason.

  3. VegVamp says:

    Those Oaks are amazing, hard to believe the 2 “little” oaks, that I planted in our garden as saplings, might be that size one day – or one century! Great blog and photos and a gorgeous place, thank you Jane I throughly enjoyed “sharing” your visit. :rose: :clover:

  4. Jenn says:

    Lovely blog, Jane – really enjoyed my 5 mile walk around Bradgate ;-) If I am just going to Tesco I go by the little one-car-width back roads and on coming home the other day 4 does and a small buck with little nubbly antlers calmly stepped out of the hedgerow and crossed to the other side very slowly. Love them!

  5. dixon says:

    Looked like a nice meet up and day out, even recognised a few clickers. ;-) :lol:

  6. Star says:

    Nice blog NT……I know I couldn’t walk 5 miles……..lol

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