Bradgate Park is a public park in Charnwood Forest, in Leicestershire, England. It covers 850-acres of land, with footpaths, streams, and roaming herds of deer. It was a fine Sunday morning when we decided to take a short drive to the park because the weather was beautifully sunny. Plus, I’ve heard so much about the beauty of this park and its incredible wildlife, so I just had to see it for myself.
Before setting off on our adventure, we had a nice Veggie breakfast with scones and tea at ‘The Old Post Office Tea Room’. I adore English Tea Rooms. They are usually very tiny, quaint with unique characteristics. Like this one, for example, it had a low thatched-roof with wooden tables and old dusty books on the stairs as decorations.
And then we were off! The weather was so perfect! I could feel the heat from the sun on my back, and the wind was just a gentle breeze. My skin was happy soaking up all the Vit Ds as well (we rarely get sunshine in the UK!). The park was massive – you could walk for hours and it never ends. We spent 3 hours at the park and we still didn’t finish exploring.
Everything I saw was like scenes from paintings. There were like paintings taken from the National Art Gallery, painted by artists in the renaissance era. They sparked my imagination as I saw castle ruins, and vast land of green pastures and meadows – they were like straight from historical fiction! I could just imagine a gallant knight in armour riding a white horse across the meadows, with wind caressing his hair. You could imagine for an old dreamer like me…this place was home.
So I sat on the grass and marvelled the scenery and the beautiful sky with white clouds. I wished I had my book with me at that time – it would’ve been perfect to spend my lazy Sunday lying on the grass with a book in hand. I could see other families having picnics and people walking their dogs. Children rode their bikes and doing cartwheels on the grass. There was a stream at the bottom of the hills – if it had been hotter I would’ve jumped straight into it haha.
And the best part was the deer! There were so many of them in close proximity! They ran with such elegance and…well they were adorable bambis! I’ve never seen a lot of deer up close. I wished I could just stroke them but they were wildlife creatures and they ran whenever anyone got too close.
After the hike, we made our way down to the car. And of course in that kind of weather, getting an ice cream was a must! I went for salted caramel ice cream with a chocolate flake, and it was surprisingly super yummy!
I will definitely come back here again in Spring when the flowers start to bloom. The forest floor would be covered with bluebells, and I can’t wait to see it!