The Country Park (both Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood) is used by visitors for a wide range of recreational purposes.
As a general rule, access on foot is permitted to all parts of the Park and Wood during the hours of daylight (and on Public Rights of Way at all reasonable times). Areas that the public are asked to keep out of, such as the Deer Sanctuary and some of the enclosed spinneys, are clearly marked. Visitors are encouraged to leave the tarmac carriageway and explore.
Pedal cycling (not motor cycling) is ONLY allowed along the tarmac Carriageway within Bradgate Park (Newtown Linford entrance through to Hallgates entrance).
Cyclists must ride slowly and carefully and give way to pedestrians who have priority.
Cycling (on occasions) may NOT be permitted at busy times, particularly at weekends and Bank Holidays (other than by small accompanied children).
Cycling is not permitted at anytime, anywhere within Bradgate Park, other than along the Carriageway.
The use of roller skates, skateboards and children’s scooters is permitted on the Carriageway. Please show courtesy to other users and remember that pedestrians have priority.
Pedal cycling (not motor cycling) is ONLY permitted on the bridleways and concessionary horse tracks within Swithland Wood.
Cyclists must ride slowly and give way to pedestrians and horses.
Cycling is not permitted anywhere else in the Wood.
No commercial/quasi commercial activity may be carried out without the permission of the Bradgate Park Trust.
Written application for permission to carry out any such activity should be made to the Estate Office. Any application that is authorised will be subject to conditions and payment of a commercially based fee. Permission will only be given for activities that do not cause damaged to the Park or detract from its enjoyment by visitors.
A network of interconnecting concessionary horse riding tracks are waymarked (with a yellow flash) across Bradgate Park and link with the main entrances at Newtown Linford, Hallgates and Hunts Hill. The tracks are coloured on the map.
A special gate arrangement exists at the first two entrances so that horses can enter and exit more easily without the deer escaping. Access at Hunts Hill is via the kiss gate.
Horse riding, solely along the defined tracks, is permitted on any day (from 8am until one hour before dusk) except on Bank Holidays (at any time) and after 12.00noon on Saturday and Sunday afternoons/evenings.
These horse riding routes are not public bridleways and the concessionary horse riding facility may be withdrawn or amended if the routes become very wet, ground conditions are unsuitable, the facility abused or when necessary for management reasons.
There is also a concessionary horse riding track (principally on Trust land but also by courtesy of a neighbouring land owner) immediately outside the Park boundary wall, which links the Hallgates and Hunts Hill entrances to the Park. The route coincides with that of a public footpath.
Horses must not be ridden outside the designated tracks and must not be galloped. Use of the tracks is at the rider’s own risk. Pedestrians have precedence at all times.
Horse riding can also be enjoyed along the network of waymarked (with a yellow flash) bridleways and concessionary horse riding tracks through Swithland Wood.
The bridleways are coloured on the map. Horses must not be galloped. Pedestrians have precedence.
The Park is a popular location for all types of filming. The Bradgate Park Trust seeks to accommodate filming requests wherever possible and can provide assistance with access and transporting equipment. A fee will be charged based on the type of production, length of filming and the level of assistance provided.
For further information, contact the Estate Office.
Sub Aqua Diving is sometimes permitted in the former Slate Quarry, situated in the centre of Swithland Wood. The Quarry is understood, in parts, to be approaching 60 metres (190 feet) deep.
The sides to the quarry are steep, with overhanging rock. The water is cold and becomes very dark and cloudy only a short distance below the surface.
Only experienced members of a club affiliated to the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) or other like acceptable Diving Organisations may be licensed by the Bradgate Park Trust to dive in the quarry. Clubs wishing to be considered for permission to dive must provide verification of the diving knowledge/ability/safety record of their members who wish to participate. Only one club may dive on any one day.
A Facility Fee is payable.
A range of Conditions, Restrictions, Safety Precautions and Insurance requirements are set out in an Application Form which clubs must complete when applying for permission to dive.
As a first step any club/organisation wishing to dive should telephone the Bradgate Park Estate Office on Leicester (0116) 234 1850 and speak to Lynda Taylor.
Organisations/individuals who wish to use the Country Park for any fundraising event, sponsored walk or other pre-arranged activity must make early contact with the Estate Office. A preliminary discussion will ascertain if the proposed activity can be authorised by the Trust and the conditions that will apply to the event. Should consent be granted then organisers will be expected to make a donation to Trust funds in recognition of the facilities used and the fact that the Trust is itself a Registered Charity. We aim to be as supportive as possible of small-scale and/or local charitable or recreational events so long as they do not cause damage to the Park or inconvenience our visitors. Please note that charity law requires that we cover our costs when hosting events for charities with different objects to our own.