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Bradgate Park, Newtown Linford

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Cut in two by the River Lin and spanning 344 hectares (850 acres), Bradgate Park is a piece of classic English countryside. On the park grounds, an old hall has an intact chapel and an effigy to the first Earl of Stamford and his wife. Aside from the chapel, the only sections of the hall still standing are the four truncated towers that once flanked the grand house. Hike the park and visit two well-known landmarks, Old John and the war memorial. Pick up a map first at the visitor center at Newtown Linford or the one near Bradgate House in a building called the Deer Barn, which also houses a cafe. The rocks are an attraction in and of themselves: Some of them hold fossils of some of the oldest known life-forms in the area. Consider cycling from the center of Leicester through the park, an easy ride along paved roads. To visit Bradgate Park and get the most from your holiday in Newtown Linford, create itinerary details personal to you using our Newtown Linford online tour itinerary planner.
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  • This is a great place for walking ie runing cycling pldntyvof open space loads of wildlife there is a good cafe not to bad on prices the ruins are open maybe,at the weekends with good weather the... 
    This is a great place for walking ie runing cycling pldntyvof open space loads of wildlife there is a good cafe not to bad on prices the ruins are open maybe,at the weekends with good weather the...  more »
  • A stunning 830 acre park in Leicestershire. So many walking trails to choose from. Deers can be spotted all around the park. A magnificent Tudor house now in ruins stands in the park. The house... 
    A stunning 830 acre park in Leicestershire. So many walking trails to choose from. Deers can be spotted all around the park. A magnificent Tudor house now in ruins stands in the park. The house...  more »
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  • Have always loved Bradgate Park since I was a child and now I drive back to Leicester to take my children there. It's brilliant for a decent bit of exercise and a good days hike following the many paths, or a good bike ride if you wanted to by taking the main path through the centre of the park. It's also nice to sit by the river and the little waterfalls watching the ducks and swans or relax on the grass watching the many dear graze. They can be seen throughout the park and on the quieter tracks you may even bump into a stag, but be careful and respectful of their space. There are many bins with recycling facilities throughout the park and benches to sit. The park is immaculately clean of litter too. There are tea rooms for refreshments and even waffle / ice-cream shacks. Take a trip up Old John and the views over Leicestershire are worth the uphill walk. My children look forward to going every time and always want me to take them. We walk for hours around the park and they still don't want to leave! I would recommend it to anyone. I just wish they still had the liquorice ice-cream they used to have when I was a kid. That would be the icing on the cake.
  • The views are something to see with your own eyes. A good place to take a long walk or enjoy a break from the city life. Plenty of wild life to see wandering around. Only problem is parking which has to be paid by coins! So better keep some change if you planning a visit.

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