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Herd of red deer below the war memorial in Bradgete Park
Herd of red deer below the war memorial in Bradgate Park

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Route No. 608 - Tuesday 23 February 2016
Circuit of Bradgate Deer Park from
the Newtown Linford car park - 8km
Leicester . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 246 Loughborough


Parish church of All Saints at the entrance to Bradgate Park
Parish church of All Saints at the entrance to Bradgate Park

From our hotel we drove to Bradgate Deer Park and parked in Newtown Linford at the car park (map ref. SK 522 097) next to All Saints Parish Church at the main entrance to the park. There are toilets, a cafe and shop at the car park.

My wife & I have just had a short break at a hotel in Hinkley near Leicester. We had an appointment in Leeds on Monday evening and then drove down the motorway to our hotel. We were very lucky with the weather and Tuesday morning was a fine bright frosty winter's day.


Start of the access road by the River Lin in Bradgate Park
Start of the access road by the River Lin in Bradgate Park

Path along the access road by the River Lin
Path along the access road by the River Lin

Wier on the River Lin
Weir on the River Lin

After about 1km along the access road we came to the ruins of a large brick built mansion on the left of the road. This was the family seat of the Grey family. The mansion was completed in 1501 and was the home of Lady Jane Grey, "the Nine Days Queen".

From the car park we walked along the access road into the park, following the River Lin down its narrow, steep sided rocky valley with ancient oak trees growing from the rocky crags. It is a very pretty place.

Path along the access road by the River Lin
Path along the access road by the River Lin

Group of fallow deer on the hillside  seen from the access road
Group of fallow deer on the hillside seen from the access road

Ruins of Bradgate Hall - the family seat of the Grey family in the 1500's & home of Lady Jane Grey
Ruins of Bradgate Hall - the family seat of the Grey family in the 1500's & home of Lady Jane Grey

Seat by the accessroad to enjoy this lovely open space
Seat by the access road to enjoy this lovely open space


Cropston Reservoir seen through the bird watching
slot cut in the wall by the cafe

Next to the cafe there is a seat and viewing slot cut into the wall to observe wild fowl on the water. From the cafe the route continues for about 1.2km another entrance at the north east corner of the park on a minor road (map ref. SK 542 114).

We continued along the access road past a herd of fallow deer to a cafe at the side of Cropston Reservoir which is surrounded by a high stone wall.

Group of fallow deer by the access road
Group of fallow deer by the access road


Old John Tower & war memorial seen from the south east
near the cafe & Cropston Reservoir

Looking north east along the access road from the cafe next to Cropston Reservoir
Looking north east along the access road from the cafe next to Cropston Reservoir

Woodland at the Hunt's Hill gate to the park
Woodland at the Hunt's Hill gate to the park

Here on the left of the path are some public toilets and on the right there is a gate into the deer park. We went through the gate into the park and ahead of us on a small ridge was the Old John Tower. To the left of the tower was the tall war memorial.

The route goes out to the road and turns left to walk along the road for just a few metres. Then turns left to follow a public footpath through a wood called Hallgate Hall Spinney. The route continues along this public footpath for about 1.8km from the road to map ref. SK 524 115.

Old John Tower & War Memorial from the Hunt's Hill gate
Old John Tower & War Memorial from the Hunt's Hill gate

Climbing up to the war memorial
Climbing up to the war memorial

Looking back along the ridge to the war memorial
Looking back along the ridge to the war memorial

Path through the wood along the ridge
Path through the wood along the ridge

From the war memorial we walked along a path on the ridge, through a small wood to emerge through a stone archway to the site of the Old John Tower.

We followed a path climbing diagonally up to the war memorial to the Leicestershire Yeomen at the far end of the ridge. From the memorial there is a lovely view of the whole deer park and the surrounding countryside in all directions.

Memorial to the Leicestershire Yeomanry lost in war
Memorial to the Leicestershire Yeomanry lost in war

Approaching Old John Tower along the ridge path
Approaching Old John Tower along the ridge path

Leaving the war memorial along the ridge path heading for the Old John Tower
Leaving the war memorial along the ridge path heading for the Old John Tower

The Old John Tower in Bradgate Park
The Old John Tower

Dark coated fallow deer grazing below the tower
Dark coated fallow deer grazing below the tower

From the tower we followed a path heading down the tongue of land in front of the tower for about 200m to join a complex of paths below. At these paths we turned right for about 100m and then right again to follow a path running below the war memorial and the Old John Tower almost parallel to the ridge.

We stopped by the tower to admire the panoramic views in the winter sunshine. There was a small group of fallow deer lying in the dead bracken below and to the right of the tower.

Fallow Deer lying in the dead bracken below the tower
Fallow Deer lying in the dead bracken below the tower

Looking across the park from the path by Old John Tower
Looking across the park from the path by Old John Tower

View point next to The Old John Tower
View point next to The Old John Tower

Herd of red deer below the war memorial
Herd of red deer below the war memorial

The dog suddenly took off towards the herd which began to sprint towards us. Amazingly the dog returned to its owners when called and the herd stopped close to us on the hillside below the war memorial.

Ahead of us on the bank below the Elder Plantation there was a large herd of red deer. Some distance away to the east of the herd there were two people walking their dog.

Red Deer Stags
Red Deer Stags

Following the path running below the war memorial and the Old John Tower almost parallel to the ridge
Following the path running below the war memorial and the Old John Tower almost parallel to the ridge

Approaching Tyburn Wood
Approaching Tyburn Wood

Looking back from Tyburn Wood to the war memorial
Looking back from Tyburn Wood to the war memorial

The route follows this path down the hillside and through a gate back into the car park at Newtown Linford and the end of this walk. The whole route is about 8km.

We continued along the path for about 800m to a small patch of woodland called Tyburn on the map at map ref. SK 523 105. In the woodland our route turns left to drop down onto a path skirting the eastern edge of the wood.

Tyburn Wood
Tyburn Wood

Gate from the deer park into the car park
Gate from the deer park into the car park

Looking back from the car park along the path towards Tyburn Wood
Looking back from the car park along the path towards Tyburn Wood

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