Leicestershire

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Leicestershire

Leave site travel southeast 4 miles towards Ashby via well signed local roads, park on the market street.

Ashby De La Zouch

A small but quaint, spa market town, situated in Leicestershire. Market Street, is the main thorough fare of the town having half timber framed Elizabethan buildings some now been plastered over. Also Regency buildings and a row of classic houses called Rawdon from the 1820s. Other interesting places are the Castle ruins, the 15th century St Helens Church with memorials and a 300 year old finger pillory used to punish the misbehaving church goers. There is also the Holy Trinity church, a gothic revival built in 1838 with its galleries supported by iron columns.

Ashby

Ashby

Ashby Castle

Ashby Castle

Ashby St Helens

Ashby St Helens

Continue journey southwest 12 miles towards Loughborough at roundabout 3rd exit A511, next 3rd exit A512, follow for 7 miles and drop onto the A6 into the town and use the main car park.

Loughborough

The best time to make the visit is on the market days, Thursdays and Saturdays when there are a large variety of interesting stalls.  Market place and Market Street maintain a number of original Art Deco buildings with The Rushes being the main shopping area.

 

Loughborough Market

Loughborough Market

Loughborough

Loughborough

Loughborough Rushes

Loughborough Rushes

Continue journey to Bradgate Park, southeast 8 miles, follow A6 at roundabout 3rd exit then turn right follow the country roads to Woodhouse then Newton Linford, follow signs for the park then find a good spot to park spend some time here to see all the delights.

Bradgate Park

A historical medieval deer park in the heart of the ancient Charnwood Forest in its original landscapes. Red and Follow deer can be seen feeding among the bracken in the Wood Park and grassy slopes. Explore the ruins of the old Bradford house and for a fee go into the visitors centre containing displays of its history. Before you leave try the café and browse the gift shop.

Bradgate

Bradgate

Bradgate

Bradgate

Bradgate

Bradgate