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Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood walk, Leicestershire

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Walk Details
This 10-mile circular walk explores the wild and rugged landscape of Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, with its gnarled oak trees and dramatic rock formations.

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Bradgate Park was first formed as a deer park around 800 years ago, but is now free for walkers to enjoy with 830 acres of magnificent countryside to explore just a few miles from Leicester City centre and easily accessible from the M1 motorway.

Many of the oak trees found here are over 500 years old and provide a wonderful backdrop to a walk that climbs to 212 metres, marking Bradgate Park’s highest point at the folly of Old John Tower.

It’s a fantastic viewpoint from where you should spot many of Bradgate’s deer resident roaming across the parklands.

This walk also leads through the wildlife-rich Swithland Wood and past flooded quarries that once produced the area’s famous Swithland Slate, before leading back to your starting point.

This route was voted 85th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.

TOG VERDICT: Dramatic rocks, ancient woodlands and beautiful wildlife seem to be round every corner – just a few miles from Leicester city centre.

Carpark: Newtown Linford Car Par, Newtown Linford, Leicester, LE6 0HB

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Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".

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