I am posting trips in no particular order. Not everything is downloading yet (939 pictures taken)
This is Bradgate Park, which is near Leicester. It is a walled estate, and the fallow deer were imported by the Normans to provide entertainment for guests. We saw literally hundreds of deer as we walked. There were dogs all over the place. The deer were unruffled and relaxed. The herd is culled regularly, and the venison is sold to help support the park.
The walls were built like so...
...and went on for miles
This is a red deer which was also brought in by the same Normans that brought in the fallow deer. We did not see any of these. They seem to be much more wary. They are bigger in body than the fallow deer. Just the fact that we are viewing the descendants of a medieval deer herd was amazing to me.
The front gate.
The driveway leading to it.
This oak tree is HUGE. I have another picture of Colin and Cara standing within it. If I posted it, they would kill me, so I won't. You'll have to take my word for it. They were not crowded for space either. They look quite small in it, as a matter of fact.
This is 'Old John', which is a monument supposedly named after a servant who died in a bonfire accident. It was a tower from which to view horseracing from.
portal access in the fence. There was a well worn trail coming from it.
Alas, I saw no hedgehog.
So many paths to choose. All of them gorgeous.
We had a wonderful picnic there to enjoy the scenery. The weather was beautiful.