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Bradgate Country Park

Newton Linford, Leicestershire

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Bradgate Park is in the middle of a village, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, and is a 850 acre public park in the Charnwood Forest.  It is known to have belonged to the de Ferrers family of Groby in the thirteenth century. Later owners included the Greys, of the Lady Jane Grey family, who was Queen for nine days following the death of Edward VI.

Famous for its herd of fallow and red deer, the former being much more numerous than the latter. The use of the park for deer probably arises from the poor agricultural properties of the land. This can still be seen in the way that the leading branches of trees like oak have died back.

Other wildlife you may come across include: moles, common shrews, pigmy shrews, bats, voles, mice, foxes, stoats, weasels and badgers, all of which have been spotted in the park. However it is perhaps less well known for being the habitat of over 500 species of beetle. The reservoir and river also attracts many species of wildfowl.

 Deer at Bradgate

There is a folly at the top of the hill is called Old John and is believed to be named after an old retainer of the fifth Earl of Stamford, who erected it in his memory after John, the retainer, was killed accidentally here. Other structures include the ruins of Bradgate House, chapel and ruined tower.

Bradgate House and Ruins Old John

Location: Bradgate Country Park, Newton Linford, Leicestershire

Grid Reference: SK523098 Ceremonial County: Leicestershire

Map Link:  Multimap

Aerial photo: Multimap Aerial

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Getting there: M1 J22 Take A50 to Leicester at roundabout take the road on left to Newtown Linford.

Access: 3 entrances: the main entrance in Newtown Linford. Also Cropston (Hallgates) and Old John (Hunts Hill). Swithland wood has two entrances, north and south. Public foot paths run through the area. Pay & Display car parks at Cropston Reservoir, Newton Linford and Hunts Hill (at the top of the park near Old John).
Website: Go Leicestershire
Other Useful Websites: Wiki        The Visitor Centre 
Address: Bradgate Country Park, Estate Office, Deer Barn Buildings, Bradgate Park, Leicestershire
Postcode: LE6 0HE Telephone: 0116 236 2713
Opening Times: From dawn to dusk.

Charges: Free entry. Pay and Display Car Parks

Nearby Locations:
Other Location Pages: Deer Topic Index     Where to Photograph Deer in the UK 

Notes: Visitor centre with cafe at Newton Linford.

Disabled access along tarmac path through centre of park. During the summer months by arrangement you can drive through the centre of the park on Thursdays (NOT between end of October and 1st April).


Page Ref: bradgate_park

Classification: Country Parks 

Date Updated: 10/2008

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