Bradgate Park, Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire. Location map
 
  Scene showing a woodland path, Beacon Hill, Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire, England   Bradgate Park.

The highest point in Bradgate Park, which covers 850 acres, showing the 'Old John' folly to the left and the war memorial on the right.

Like Beacon Hill there are two very large car parks (fee payable), one near the top and one at the bottom, so expect this area to be very popular on a fine, sunny weekend in the high season.

 

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  View of bluebells in Bradgate Park, Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire, England   Bradgate Park.

There are quite a lot of Bluebells on the open ground here which shows that it was wooded at some time in the past as Bluebells are woodland plants.

 

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  View of the 18th century folly known as Old John in Bradgate Park, Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire, England   Bradgate Park.

The 'Old John' tower built as a folly in 1874.

 

 

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  View of the war memorial in Bradgate Park, Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire, England   Bradgate Park.

The War Memorial dedicated to the Leicestershire Yeomanry.

 

 

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  View of precambrian rocks in Bradgate Park, Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire, England   Bradgate Park.

The visible geology in Bradgate Park ranges from some of the oldest (Precambrian) rocks in Britain to the youngest (Quaternary).

Bradgate is one of the few areas of Britain where these ancient basement rocks can be seen at the surface. The oldest of the precambrian rocks within Bradgate Park are the rocks nearest the Old John and memorial summits as seen here.

Like Beacon Hill there are phenominal views to be had from up here.

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