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.
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.
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.