Visiting Bradgate Park Accessibility Accessibility It is the aim of the Bradgate Park Trust that all members of the community should be able to enjoy Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood. Whilst recognising that the physical nature of the Park and woodlands, means that not all areas will be accessible to everyone, the Trust aims to extend access so far as is reasonably possible. We hope that the following information will be of assistance in planning your visit: Parking: There are tarmac car parks at Newtown Linford (LE6 0HB), Hallgates (LE7 7HQ) and Hunts Hill (LE6 0AH) for Bradgate Park visitors. The car park at Newtown Linford has an area reserved for Blue Badge holders and there are designated ‘Disabled’ spaces at Hallgates. Please note car parking charges still apply. *Please note that Hunts Hill car park is on situated on hill side. Swithland Wood car parks are stone surfaced and therefore not completely level. Drive-through Scheme: Vehicles are not normally permitted to enter Bradgate Park. However, the Trust operates a concessionary scheme for visitors with disabilities, who may drive through the Park between April – October on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. There is no charge for this facility, but participants need to pre-book a ‘time slot’. Only Cars are admitted under this scheme. Such vehicles must display a valid Blue Badge with the Blue Badge holder present in the vehicle. Thursday from 12 noon until 5pm Please note: No Thursday Drive Through during school holidays Saturday 10.00am until 1.00pm Please note: No Saturday Drive Through on Saturday 18th August due a Park event. New booking system introduced for 2018, due to demand, bookable time slots introduced to ensure fair usage and control vehicles movement across the Park Pre-booking Essential call our Visitor Centre to book on 0116 236 2713 Ext 25 between 10.30am – 4.00pm Mini buses need to contact Estate Office to apply for a permit – Telephone the Estate Office for more information 0116 236 2713 Ext 22 - Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm Access for the less mobile: There is a level tarmac carriageway that runs between Newtown Linford and Hallgates car parks (approx. 2 miles) via the ruins of Bradgate House and the Deer Barn Buildings (Tearoom and Visitor Centre). The carriageway is predominantly traffic-free (apart from Estate vehicles and occasional deliveries) and is very suitable for users of wheelchairs and mobility scooters. There are seats placed at regular intervals along the carriageway as well as at other convenient points within the Park, including at or near to the tops of hills. Swithland Wood has a stone track through the centre of the woodland. It is a more natural path and is more challenging for wheelchair access. Off Road Mobility Scooter: We have a ‘Tramper’ off-road mobility scooter available to borrow and this can be booked by contacting the Estate Office and booked in advance. Please note this is not available at short-notice and is for use at Bradgate Park only. When booked out the Tramper will be taken to the designated collection point by Park Wardens. There is an induction for first-time users. The Tramper is not booked out on Bank Holidays or weekends. Refreshments: There are Tearooms situated in the centre of the Park (Deer Barn) and off the Newtown Linford car park (Conservatory). Both are situated at ground floor level with either level or ramped access. Both tearooms cater for vegetarian and gluten-free diets. Toilet Facilities: There are public toilets at Bradgate Park situated at all three main car parks and also at the Deer Barn buildings. All have wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities. There is a ‘Changing Places’ facility at Newtown Linford that is accessible with a RADAR key. The toilets at Newtown Linford and the Deer Barn buildings have baby-changing facilities. Visitor Centre: The Bradgate Park Visitor Centre exhibition is wholly at ground floor level. A portable induction loop is available at the reception desk. The exhibition has been laid out to allow easy access for wheelchair users and there is an accessible toilet next door. Hearing Loops Portable hearing loops are installed in the Visitor Centre, Deer Barn Tearoom and Conservatory Tearoom.