Bradgate is a very large, 830 acre park located just outside the city of Leicester. It is hugely popular, with almost a million visitors each year. At Bradgate you will find a deer park with herds of red and fallow deer, a waterside path along the pretty Cropston Reservoir and a multitude of peaceful woodland walking trails. Also of interest is the climb to Old John Tower, the highest hill in Bradgate Park. The hill stands at 212 metres (696 ft) high, and is a prominent landmark across Leicester and Leicestershire.
The route below is designed for walkers but cycling is allowed along the tarmac Carriageway within Bradgate Park and along bridleways in the nearby Swithland Woods.
Bradgate is also historically significant as the birthplace and early home of Lady Jane Grey - Queen of England for 9 days in the 16th century. In the park you can visit the ruins of Bradgate House, built some time around 1520.
To extend your walk you could follow the Leicestershire Round out of the park and visit the nearby Swithland Reservoir.
You could also follow our Charnwood Forest circular walk to Beacon Hill Country Park and enjoy wonderful views from the elevated position of the park.
PostcodeLE6 0HE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Bradgate Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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There are two tea rooms at the site where you can enjoy some post walk refreshment.
You could also head to the nearby village of Swithland where you'll find the Griffin Inn. They do good food and have a covered outdoor area which can be used rain or shine. There's a stylish interior too with with exposed beams and stone walls. In 2019 they were voted pub of the year in the Leicestershire Tourism and Hospitality Awards. You can find the pub at postcode LE12 8TJ.
The woodland and parkland make for a fine dog walk so you'll probably see other owners on your visit. You do need to keep them under control or on leads especially near the deer.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Woodhouse Eaves Walk starts from the nearby pretty village. It visits the park as well as Swithland Woods and Swithland Reservoir.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Leicestershire Walks page.