Bradgate Park – hunting for deer

Bradgate Park 2

Earlier this week we went for a stroll at Bradgate Park to make the most of the weather.

We visited this park all through my childhood and I remember making stories up about the family that once lived in the ruins. It is a place I loved as a child, and continue to love as an adult, and it’s only a 30 minute drive away.

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Daddypinkwellies family also visited Bradgate regularly and have a different name for the park… Bradgate Deer Park because the main attraction (apart from the beautiful scenery) is the red and fallow deer. They are, apparently, some of the finest herds of parkland deer in the country.  The average number of deer kept at Bradgate is some 370 – there are slightly more fallow than red deer. We love seeing them grazing nearby in the summer months, you can walk within a couple of metres of them. In the winter though they’re a bit harder to find and tend to stay up in the hills.

So we set out with Littlebit’s magnifying glass to find evidence of them. We found what we think was deer poo and foot prints and then we finally spied them right at the top of the hill.

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A lovely way to spend an hour or so in the fresh air. All followed up by a tasty lunch and cake at the new cafe too.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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    There is something magical about deer and a herd of deer is even more special. We seem to have a couple that roam around the surrounding villages and farms and they never fail to stop us in our tracks, even when they are a few fields away, so that we can admire them. #CountryKids

  2. Coombemill - Fiona

    What a beautiful setting, the bonus of deer spotting followed by a treat in the cafe all makes for a great day out! How lovely to visit a favourite childhood haunt and share that with your own child, thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  3. Marylin

    Oh I used to love it when my mum and dad would take me up the hills to see the deer around where we used to live.
    I haven’t seen one close in years, except for behind a fence.
    Fab that you live so close and get to share your memories and make new ones with the little one. :)

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