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.
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.
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!
Of course, all the time we were walking we were on the look out for the famous deer.
And they know it!
The deer were mostly quite a long way off.
But I did manage to get close enough to these beauties, who really weren’t bothered by my presence.
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.
The weather was changeable but we didn’t get too wet!
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: