Bradgate Park

It was a beautiful morning this morning. Too good to be in the office, so I decided to take a walk to the neighbouring village of Newtown Linford. Bradgate Park is adjacent to Newtown Linford and was once the home to Lady Jane Grey, the Nine-Day Queen.
Some of the ancient oak trees in the park are reputed to date back to the time of Lady Jane and there may be some truth in the legend that many of these truncated old trees were decapitated after Lady Jane Grey's beheading on February 12th 1554. Deer herds are maintained in the park and I was fortunate to spend time catching some early rays in the company of this fine red deer stag
'Old John' is the folly on the hill on the right and to the left is a war memorial comemorating those local people who gave their lives in both World Wars.