Quieter side of the very popular Bradgate Park, and very popular with local dog walkers on weekday mornings in school term time. The main entrance is on the other side of the park, but this also has a massive car park and WCs (not disabled WCs). The tower is an 18th century folly, and the logo of the park.
P&D parking. Old John car park is off Sharpley Hill/Warren Hill and has a brown and white tourist sign for the car park, opposite a turn into Benscliffe Road. If you live locally it's definitely worth getting the annual parking permit from the council. Italian ice cream cart in summer.
You'll see lots of paths and tracks from the car park. Head up the hill to see the view from Old Johns Tower. The park itself is over 800 acres and has been a deer park since medieval times. Lots of dogs come here, so please make sure your dog is on lead where required, and not chasing the deer.
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Avoid the crowds via Hunts Hill car park
As a Leicester girl, I’ve spent many an hour at Bradgate Park, in fact I now teach there too, in the visitors centre. Today we paid our £3 at Hunts Hill at 3pm and headed in. No deer in sight so dogs off lead. It’s vital your dog does not chase deer; rangers can shoot to protect the deer. You can walk round the entire perimeter, more or less, with about a fifth with leads compulsory, or just wander the many paths. With Old John as a landmark you won’t get lost. There are a couple of tea rooms and a brook. It’s absolutely gorgeous at the top of Old John on a blustery day, and you can see for miles! Fantastic historic sight, and former home of Lady Jane Grey, this park was left to the people of Leicester about a 100 years ago, sadly with pitiful funding, so please pay the £3 parking with a smile.
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