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Bradgate Park 4/7

One of a series of images taken in Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, on a dullish sort of day in August last year.

 

Old John is the name of the highest hill in Bradgate Park on the southern edge of Charnwood Forest. It gives its name to the folly that stands at its top. The hill stands at 212 metres (696 ft) high, and is a prominent landmark across Leicester and Leicestershire.

Bradgate Park 4/7

One of a series of images taken in Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, on a dullish sort of day in August last year.

 

Old John is the name of the highest hill in Bradgate Park on the southern edge of Charnwood Forest. It gives its name to the folly that stands at its top. The hill stands at 212 metres (696 ft) high, and is a prominent landmark across Leicester and Leicestershire.

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Jun 2019, 01:24
Is that a Folley on the left, Brian?
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a folly Ray, it can be seen from miles around.
Oh I like the building on the far right!
Brian Walbey: What we call a folly Elizabeth, there's more about it here, plus the memorial on the left. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_John
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Jun 2019, 07:19
I expect it can be seen for miles
Brian Walbey: It can indeed Chris, including from where Richard took you, Bill and Chad to Beacon Hill near Lougborough all those years ago.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Jun 2019, 07:48
I like that you have incorporated both monuments in the one shot Brian.
Brian Walbey: You would have been able to see both from where Richard took you to Beacon Hill near Loughborough with Chris and Bill all those years ago.
The terrain has a somewhat sculptured look.
Brian Walbey: For some reason the Park Rangers have done this, it might have somethign to do with there being a lot of Deer in the park and also to make it easier for the thousands of visitors every year to get about.
The site for the folly was well thought out
Brian Walbey: One of the highest points in leicestershire Martin, it can be seen from miles away in most directions.
You can clearly see that Bradgate Park is well cared for, Brian.
Brian Walbey: There is a team of Park Rangers emplyed full time looking after the park, it covers a large area in UK terms at least.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Jun 2019, 16:48
The folly looks interesting. Is there a path to step up to it?
Brian Walbey: One can walk up to it from all directions but although it doesn't show in this picture the last part is very steep, these days I look at it from afar.
I remember this folly and took a number of pictures of it. I like this view Brian
Brian Walbey: It is a great thing to see but also a very steep hill up to it from some directions, I just look at it from 'ground level' nowadays smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Jun 2019, 18:25
Quite a lamdmark for counties not renown for their "mountains" smile
Brian Walbey: Indeed Alan, one of Leicestershires main tourist places.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Jun 2019, 20:54
Strange how follies used to be so popular
Brian Walbey: Perhaps among the landed gentry it was a showing off sort of thing.
I like the shot with the grasslands mowed somewhat and the two towers.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mary, the grass being mown might have something to do with there being a lot of Deer in the park and also to make it easier for the thousands of visitors every year to get about.

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