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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. 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.
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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.