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COUNTRYSIDE GUIDE

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Countryside Guide

Leicestershire has it all!

Welcome to your FREE guide to Leicestershire‟s beautiful countryside - it has so much to

    offer!

    Get out into the fresh air, relax and enjoy nature, exercise or try your hand at an environ-mental conservation task, the choice is yours.

    With an excellent network of footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes linking fascinating vil-lages, historic sites and country parks plus landscapes which vary from the granite hills of Charnwood Forest, the peaceful valleys and canals, the rolling countryside of eastern Leicestershire to the growing woodlands of the National Forest, Leicestershire‟s countryside

    has it all!

    Inside this guide you‟ll find details of country parks to visit plus walking and cycling routes in the countryside or alongside the County‟s waterways.

    More information is available from www.leics.gov.uk /countryside or by using the contacts listed in this guide. For details of countryside events and activities pick up a copy of the FREE Leicestershire Events Guide see www.leics.gov.uk/events for details.

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Contents

    2 Country Parks

    11 Countryside Trails

    12 Walking in the Countryside

    12 Parish Walks

    13 Strolls on Your Doorstep

    13 Get Active Outdoors

    14 Cycling in Leicestershire

    15 Waterways

    17 Volunteering in the Countryside

    17 Finding Your Way

    17 Countryside Code

    Annual car park season tickets for Leicestershire County Council country parks are available for ?50 (reductions for Blue Badge holders). All money from sales helps maintain and improve the parks. For an application form call 0116 305 6918, email countryparks@leics.gov.uk or visit www.leics.gov.uk/countrycarparks

    Published March 2010 by Leicestershire County Council. All prices and information correct at time of going to press but subject to change.

    A Green Flag flying indicates that the park has been nationally recognised as an attractive, accessible and safe place in which to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Country Parks

FREE entry to all Country Parks

Alistair’s, Bignall’s and Jaguar Woods, and Ferrer’s Centre

    Staunton Harold Hall Adjacent to Ferrers Centre, Staunton Harold Hall, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1RT

    Tel: 01889 586593 Email: chris.mansell@forestry.gsi.gov.uk www.forestry.gov.uk These three connecting young woodlands totalling 132 hectares have been planted on the former open cast Dog Lount Mine and agricultural land, with the aim of creating community woodlands that can be enjoyed by all. There is a network of surfaced and grass paths that are suitable for walking and family cycling, and a bridleway linking the Bignall‟s and Jaguar Woods.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, horse track, wheelchair friendly, parking, information, picnic areas, and gift shop, refreshments and toilets at Ferrer‟s Centre

Bagworth Heath Woods

    Heath Road, Bagworth, LE67 1DL

    Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/bagworthheath Developed on what was formerly Desford Colliery, the 75 hectares of grassland, heather and native woodland is now great for informal outdoor recreation, including: walking, cycling and horse riding. To gain information that will help plan future reclamation programmes, the growth of the trees and shrubs on this site are monitored to assess their ability to tolerate the poor soil types.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, horse track, wheelchair friendly, parking and disabled parking

Beacon Hill Country Park

    Upper Car Park, Beacon Road, Woodhouse Eaves, LE12 8SP

    Lower Car Park, Breakback Lane, Woodhouse Eaves, LE12 8TA

    Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: beacon@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/beacon

    Beacon Hill is the second highest point in Leicestershire. The toposcope on the summit (802 feet) indicates visible landmarks. The park has more than 100 hectares of heath, woodland, grassland and wildflower meadows. Much has been designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its ecological importance.

    As the site of a Bronze Age Hill Fort it is also designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Some areas of the park are grazed during the summer and autumn months by sheep, alpacas and long horned cattle.

    There is a good network of paths; many are surfaced, though steep in places. A woodland trail around a planted area features woodland crafts, a viewing platform and shelter built of straw. The Lower Beacon is great for families. The rhododendron labyrinth is fun to explore and there is a large, flat area for games.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, horse track, wheelchair friendly, information, parking ?1.50, parking (disabled), picnic areas, barbecue site, toilets, disabled access toilets, baby changing, guided walks, conservation volunteer programme, special events, craft activities, historic interest and cycling. Green Flag

Billa Barra Hill

    Stanton Lane/Billa Barra Lane, Stanton under Bardon, LE67 9TA

    Tel: 01455 255799 Email: GreenSpaces@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

    www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

    This 20 hectare Open Access site has a variety of habitats: gorse and acid grasslands, a rare habitat in Leicestershire and pre-Cambrian rocky outcrops of regional geological importance. The pools area is home to a rare lichen, and wooded areas. Being Open Access Land means

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    walkers are free to roam off the un-surfaced paths. Open dawn to dusk, walks, parking and open access

Bosworth Battlefield Country Park

    Sutton Cheney near Market Bosworth, CV13 0AD

    Tel: 01455 290429 Email: bosworth@leics.gov.uk

    www.bosworthbattlefield.com/country

    The Country Park provides an outdoor interpretation to the events of the Battle of Bosworth. Following the recent exciting archaeological discoveries, the Battlefield Trails are being fur-ther developed over the next two years. Access will continue to be largely on footpaths with routes that will take a maximum of two hours to complete. The trails link to the Ashby Canal and Shackerstone Railway to provide a full day‟s visit. See Ambion Way walk on page 12.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, visitor centre, information, gift shop, refreshments, parking ?1.50, disabled parking, toilets, disabled toilets, baby changing, guided walks, special events, craft activities and historic interest

Bouskell Park

    Welford Road, Blaby, LE8 4FS

    Tel: 0116 275 0555 Email: al@blaby.gov.uk

    www.blaby.gov.uk

    This site is set on the remains of a medieval village and is old Victorian parkland with a pond and an ice house.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, wheelchair friendly, information, parking, picnic area and historic interest

Bradgate Park

    Newtown Linford, LE6 0HE

    Tel: 0116 234 1850

    Bradgate Park is a 340 hectare ancient deer park, notable for: the Tudor ruins of Bradgate House, the birthplace and early home of Lady Jane Grey 1537 - 1554 (Nine Days Queen of England), its flora and fauna, geology and deer herds. Old John Tower folly, a well known Leicestershire landmark, stands on the ridge of high land. There is a wide multi-use tarmac path between the Newtown Linford and Cropston car parks, and a network of unsurfaced paths crisscrossing the park.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, horse track, wheelchair friendly, visitor centre, information, gift shop, refreshments, parking (charged), disabled parking, picnic areas, toilets, disabled toilets and historic interest

Brocks Hill Country Park

    Washbrook Lane, Oadby, LE2 5JJ

    Tel: 0116 257 2888 Email: informationofficer@oadby-wigston.gov.uk www.brockshill.co.uk Opened in 2001, this 30 hectare country park is a green wedge between Oadby and Wigston. Surfaced paths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs allow easy access around the young woodlands of native trees, wildflower meadows, ponds and orchards. There is also play equipment to encourage children‟s „natural play‟.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, wheelchair friendly, visitor centre, information, gift shop, re-freshments, parking, disabled parking, picnic area, play area, toilets, disabled toilets, guided walks, special events, conservation volunteer programme and craft activities. Green Flag

Broombriggs Farm and Windmill Hill

    Opposite Beacon Hill Country Park, Off Beacon Road, Woodhouse Eaves, LE12 8SR Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk

    www.leics.gov.uk/broombriggs

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    Broombriggs Farm was presented to Leicestershire County Council in 1970. It is a 55 hectare mixed arable and livestock farm with a 1? mile farm trail and information boards explaining the working of a farm. The trail is interlinked with a network of waymarked footpaths and horse tracks.

    Between Broombriggs Farm and Woodhouse Eaves is Windmill Hill, so named as it was the site of a 19th century post windmill.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, horse track (there are paths across farmland, with some steep slopes) information, parking ?1.50, picnic areas and farm trail

Burbage Common and Woods

    Burbage Common Road, LE10 3DD

    Tel: 01455 255799 Email: GreenSpaces@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

    www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

    Located on the outskirts of Hinckley, this 80 hectare area of semi-natural woodland and grassland is great for wildlife. The footpaths and trails provide excellent opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, such as walking, horse-riding, orienteering and wildlife watching.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, horse track, wheelchair friendly, visitor centre, gift shop, re-freshments, parking, disabled parking, picnic area, play area, toilets, disabled toilets, baby-changing and guided walks

Burrough Hill Country Park

    Between Burrough and Somerby, approximately five miles south of Melton, East Leicester-shire LE14 2QZ

    Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/burrough Burrough Hill is one of the most striking and historic features in the landscape of eastern Leicestershire. As one of the highest points in Leicestershire, reaching 210m (690 feet) the hill offers superb views. A toposcope at the site indicates landmarks that can be seen from the summit. The well-preserved Iron Age hill fort dramatically crowns a steep-sided outcrop. A prominent landmark and ready-made arena, the hill has long been a place for public rec-reation. As well as the grassy hilltop the country park offers diverse wildlife habitats and varied areas to visit. The surrounding area is an attractive, tranquil, green mosaic - ideal for inspiring, and discovering how people, agriculture, nature and geology have together shaped the countryside.

    The fort and Fishers Hill are Open Access land allowing visitors to wander here and in the upper two thirds of Burrough Hill Covert. Horses and cycles are limited to main tracks. The 35 hectare site is owned by the Ernest Cook Trust and leased to Leicestershire County Council.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks - some uneven paths, information, parking ?1.50, disabled parking, toilets, disabled toilets, historic interest, open access

Castle Hill Country Park

    Beaumont Leys, Leicester

    Tel: 0116 222 1000 Email: parks@leicester.gov.uk www.leicester.gov.uk

    Established in the 1980s, Castle Hill Country Park comprises some 84 hectares of grassland and modern plantation woodlands, with flat to hilly relief. Linear in shape, and cut into two sections by the A46 Leicester Western Bypass, the park falls within the Anstey Green Wedge, the Rothley Brook forming the Park‟s western boundary. Some fine mature ash, oak and willow trees occur in the Park‟s older hedgerows, besides the Rothley Brook and at Bluebell Wood. The „Castle Hill‟ earthworks (off Astill Lodge Road), and King William‟s Bridge (Sheepwash Lane, Anstey) are both scheduled monuments.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, horse track, wheelchair friendly (limited), visitor centre, gift shop, refreshments, parking, disabled parking, conservation volunteer programme and historic interest

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Coleorton Wood

    Pitt Lane, Coleorton, LE67 8FS

    Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/coleorton This six hectare mixed woodland was planted on the former “Bug and Wink” colliery site soon

    after The National Forest was created.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, parking and picnic area

Cossington Meadows

    Entrance on Syston Road west of Cossington village, alongside the River Soar, LE7 4UZ Tel: 0116 272 0444 Email: info@lrwt.org.uk www.lrwt.org.uk

    Cossington Meadows covers 80 hectares and is the largest of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust‟s five nature reserves in the Soar Valley. The area of former gravel pits was purchased by the Trust in 2004. Cossington Meadows lies next to the river, which floods occasionally in winter. As the flood water recedes shallow pools of water form on the reserve, especially at the northern end. The pools, which are also boosted by rainwater, dry up in the summer exposing areas of mud, forming good habitat for many birds.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, information and parking (roadside)

Donington le Heath Manor House Gardens and Woodland

    Manor Road, Donington le Heath, Coalville, LE67 2FW

    Tel: 01530 831259 Email: dlhmanorhouse@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/donington The garden of the renovated 17th century manor house has been re-created as in the 17th century, with a flower and herb garden and an ornamental maze. The orchard contains va-rieties of apple, pear, quince, medlar, gage, cherry, plums and filberts which would have been found in the orchard of the manor house across its long history.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, gift shop, refreshments, picnic areas, parking (restriction 1m height), disabled parking, toilets, disabled toilets, baby changing, conservation volunteer programme, special events, craft activities and fishing

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, wheelchair friendly, visitor centre, information, gift shop, re-freshments, parking, parking (disabled), picnic areas, toilets, disabled access toilets, con-servation volunteer programme, baby changing, special events, craft activities and historic interest

Donisthorpe Woodland Park

    Church Street, Donisthorpe, DE12 7PX Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/donisthorpe

    Created on the former Donisthorpe Colliery which closed in 1990, this 36 hectare site has been reclaimed to create a picturesque new landscape that is accessible for all. The surface paths are suitable for walkers and cyclists meandering through the woodlands and grassland. There are links to the Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail and Moira Furnace along the towpath of the restored Ashby Canal. Due to some steep slopes, wheelchair users may need assistance. Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, information, parking and picnic area

Fosse Meadows Nature Area

    Fosseway, Sharnford, LE10 3AB

    Tel: 0116 272 7699 Email: al@blaby.gov.uk www.blaby.gov.uk

    Formerly farmland, this 57 hectare site has been developed for nature conservation and in-cludes wildflower meadows, young woodland and a small lake. The waymarked trails make it easy to explore this wildlife haven, and the permanent orienteering course, provides an in-teresting challenge.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, horse track, wheelchair friendly, information, parking and picnic area

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Foxton Locks

    Gumley Road, Foxton, LE16 7RA

    Tel: 0116 2792 657 Email: Info@fipt.org.uk www.fipt.org.uk

    Noted for its famous „staircase‟ of ten locks, and as the site of the Foxton Locks Inclined Plane,

    this is a popular waterside destination. Watch the colourful boats, discover wildlife and enjoy the sweeping views whilst walking or cycling the towpath.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, wheelchair friendly, visitor centre, information, gift shop, refreshments, parking, disabled parking, picnic area, toilets, disabled toilets, canal trips and historic interest

Groby Pool

    Newton Linford Lane, Groby

    Tel: 01455 255799 Email: GreenSpaces@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

    www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

    This 15 hectare Site of Special Scientific Interest is the largest area of natural water in Leicestershire. It is privately owned, but has a public car park along the road and access to the lakeside.

    Open dawn to dusk, information and parking

Heart of the National Forest Park

    Enterprise Glade, Bath Yard, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6BD

    Tel: 01283 229494 Email: mikeballantyne@hnff.freeserve.co.uk

    www.heartofthenationalforestfoundation.co.uk

    The Heart of the National Forest Foundation is transforming the former colliery sites around Conkers, near Moira, into a new recreational and educational resource. The 1000 Acre Forest Park is continually evolving, with the aim of providing free public access to many interlinking countryside and woodland sites.

    Albert Village Lake and Woodland, Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Woodland, Rawdon East Country Park and Maybury Wood have been developed into young woodland areas with paths that are suitable for walking and cycling. Most sites have disabled access, which has been improved further by the creation of the Conkers Circuit.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, wheelchair access and parking - available at Conkers and Albert Village Lake and Woodlands, Occupation Road

Jubilee Wood

    Woodhouse Lane, between Nanpantan and Woodhouse Eaves, near Loughborough, LE11 3YG

    Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk

    Jubilee Woods was so named to commemorate the Queen‟s Silver Jubilee in 1977. There is a phased forestry programme to replace the commercial tree plantation and restock with spe-cies native to Charnwood. This will improve the wildlife value of this Site of Special Scientific Interest and create a seamless join with the adjoining SSSIs Outwoods, Hangingstone Hills and Beacon Hill. There are rough, informal paths around this regenerating woodland with rocky outcrops.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks and parking. Parking and access is available from neighbouring Outwoods or from Woodhouse Lane.

Market Bosworth Country Park

    Eastern edge of Market Bosworth, CV13 0LP

    Tel: 01455 290429 Email: bosworth@leics.gov.uk

    www.leics.gov.uk/bosworthpark

    A landscaped 35 hectare park which was formerly part of Bosworth Hall deer parkland. There are fine mature trees, a lake, a planted arboretum with exotic species, a wildflower meadow

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    and community woodland. The network of paths has been improved for wheelchairs and pushchairs from the car park to the lake.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, parking ?1.50, toilets, disabled toilets, picnic areas, special events and craft activities. Green Flag

Melton Country Park

    Wymondham Way, LE13 1HP

    Tel: 01664 502502 Email: contactus@melton.gov.uk www.melton.gov.uk

    Just ten minutes walk from the centre of Melton Mowbray, this 55 hectare Country Park has grassland, short mown grass areas, wildflower meadows, woodlands, lakes, and a network of paths for walking and cycling.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, wheelchair friendly, visitor centre, information, gift shop, refreshments, parking, picnic area, play area and toilets

Moira Furnace

    Furnace Lane, Moira, near Ashby de la Zouch, DE12 6AT

    Tel: 01283 224667 Email: moirafurnace@hotmail.co.uk www.moirafurnace.org.uk This historical site has many features, including: the iron-making blast furnace with an in-dustrial history exhibition, lime kilns, woodland, country park, canal towpath, a children‟s play area, and a small group of workshops and tea room. The network of surfaced paths make it an enjoyable place to visit.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, wheelchair friendly, visitor centre, information, refresh-ments, picnic areas, play area, parking, disabled parking, toilets, disabled toilets, baby changing, guided walks, canal trips, fishing and historic interest

New Lount Nature Reserve

    Melbourne Road, Newbold Coleorton, LE67 8JH

    Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/newlount This former colliery was restored by Leicestershire County Council, creating a Local Nature Reserve rich in wildlife. The 19? hectares site with woodland, scrub, wetland, grassland and marsh, has a network of surfaced and unsurfaced paths, making it a great place to explore. Open dawn to dusk, walks, horse track, information, parking and picnic area

Oakthorpe Colliery Picnic Site

    Ashby Road, Donisthorpe, DE12 7QG Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk

    w.leics.gov.uk/oakthorpe ww

    This six hectare former colliery site has areas of naturally regenerated woodland, planted woodland and open grassland managed for wildflowers. The surfaced paths are suitable for all users, but due to some steep slopes wheelchair users may need assistance. There is a link to the adjacent Willesley Wood, managed by the Woodland Trust.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, wheelchair friendly, parking and picnic area

The Outwoods

    Woodhouse Lane, between Nanpantan and Woodhouse Eaves, near Loughborough, LE11 3YG

    Tel: 01509 263151 Email: Mark.Graham@charnwood.gov.uk www.charnwood.gov.uk Noted for its valuable habitats and geological features this 40? hectare Site of Special Sci-entific Interest forms a prominent landscape feature along the ridge of high land overlooking Loughborough. The network of paths enables walkers to explore the varied topography and wildlife. The spectacular display of spring bluebells are particularly worthy of a visit. Note; two Tramper mobility scooters are available for disabled visitors to use. For more information contact the Leisure Services, Charnwood Borough Council, Tel. 01509 634673 or email joanne.hatfield@charnwood.gov.uk

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    Open dawn to dusk, walks, information, parking, picnic area, toilets, disabled toilets and conservation volunteer programme. Green Flag

Ratby Burroughs, Peartree and Martinshaw Woods

    Markfield Road, Ratby, LE6 0LQ

    Tel: 01476 581135 Email: enquiries@woodlandtrust.org.uk www.woodlandtrust.org.uk There are a variety of surfaced and unsurfaced trails that interlink these adjoining sites, cre-ating great access to 157 hectares of woodland. Whether walking, cycling or horse riding, you can experience mature and ancient oak woods, mixed conifer and broad-leaved woodlands, and areas of newly planted trees. Park at Martinshaw Woods.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, horse track, wheelchair friendly, information and parking

Royal Tigers Wood and Centenary Wood

    Heath Road, Bagworth, LE67 1DF

    Tel: 01476 581135 Email: enquiries@woodlandtrust.org.uk www.woodlandtrust.org.uk The two woods combined cover 33? hectares, and comprise of native trees and shrubs, grassland and wildflowers. Within the Royal Tigers Wood there is a memorial stone to The Royal Leicestershire Regiment, and a small arboretum representing 17 species of trees from the countries in which they have served.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, information and parking

Saltersford Valley Picnic Area

    Measham Road, Oakthorpe, DE12 7RF

    Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/saltersford Designated a Local Nature Reserve, this seven hectare site has open water, known as “flashes” created from mining subsidence and then flooding from the Saltersford Brook, woodland, grassland and wildflower meadows. The surfaced paths are suitable for all users, though wheelchair users will need assistance in places.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, wheelchair friendly and parking

Sarah’s Wood

    Rawdon Road, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6DQ

    Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk

    This ten hectare woodland and play area has been specially designed for children of all abilities. Surfaced paths make it easy for all users to access the wood of native trees and the Ghandi Grove with trees from around the world. Located adjacent to the Ashby Canal Basin, it is easy to link to the canal towpath and Donisthorpe Woodland Park.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, wheelchair friendly, parking, picnic area, play area, dis-abled toilets and baby changing

Sence Valley Forest Park

    Ravenstone Road, Ibstock, LE67 6NW Tel: 01889 586593 Email:

    chris.mansell@forestry.gsi.gov.uk www.forestry.gov.uk

    This is a wonderful transformation from opencast colliery to wildlife haven. The 70 hectares of woodland, lakes, grassland, wildflower meadow, an artificial Sand Martin nesting wall and bird-hide makes for great wildlife watching. Recreation at the park includes fishing, and the surfaced trails provide access for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and disabled visitors. En-trance height restriction barrier of 2.2m.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, horse track, wheelchair friendly, parking, disabled parking, picnic areas, toilets, disabled toilets, baby changing, guided walks, conservation volunteer programme and fishing

Sheet Hedges Wood

    Groby Lane, Groby, LE6 0HG

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    Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/sheethedges This 29 hectare site of young and ancient woodlands and wildflower meadow is particularly worth a visit in spring, to appreciate the colourful displays of bluebells and other woodland wildflowers. The area of ancient woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, representa-tive of ancient woodland development on clay soil in Central and Eastern England. Open dawn to dusk, walks, information and parking

Snibston Country Park and Grange Nature Reserve

    Ashby Road, Coalville, LE67 3LN

    Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk

    www.leics.gov.uk/snibstoncountrypark

    The grounds of Snibston form a mini Country Park covering over 40 hectares of mixed habitats. The grounds include the former colliery spoil heap which has been reclaimed to form woodland and an open rough grassland area.

    At the heart of the Country Park is the Grange Nature Reserve. Once the gardens of the Colliery Manager, it is now an important ecological site for wildlife. It has a late Victorian ar-boretum with a diverse range of mature native and foreign species of tree, a wetland area with boardwalk, an established wildflower meadow and two well-stocked fishing lakes. The Grange became Leicestershire County Council‟s first Local Nature Reserve in May 1993.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, gift shop, refreshments, picnic areas, parking (restriction 1m height), disabled parking, toilets, disabled toilets, baby changing, conservation volunteer programme, special events, craft activities and fishing

Staunton Harold Reservoir

    Staunton Harold Ranger Office, Staunton Harold Reservoir, Calke Road, Melbourne, Der-byshire, DE73 1DL

    Tel: 01332 865 081 www.moretoexperience.co.uk

    This reservoir and surrounding area is excellent for wildlife. Originally created in 1964 to provide Leicester and the East Midlands with drinking water, it is now a great place to watch wildlife, sail, fish and walk. Nearby sites worth visiting include Dimminsdale Nature Reserve, with its great annual display of snowdrops, Springwood Nature Reserve (access for permit holders only, contact Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, tel. 01773 881 188), Calke Park, Ferrers

    Centre and Staunton Harold Church.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, wheelchair friendly, visitor centre, information, refreshments, picnic areas, play area, toilets, disabled toilets, conservation volunteer programme, fishing, historic interest, parking and disabled parking ?2.50 main car park

Thornton Reservoir

    Reservoir Road, Thornton, LE67 1AR Tel: 01332 865081 www.moretoexperience.co.uk The 2? mile multi-user track around this 30 hectare reservoir is great for wheelchair users, safe family cycling, walking and birdwatching. There are also a network of trails and footpaths including woodland areas.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, wheelchair friendly, refreshments, parking, picnic areas, toilets, disabled toilets and fishing

Watermead Country Park

    (North and South Entrances) Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Charnwood Borough Council manage the Park in a partnership

    Watermead North Entrance

    Off Wanlip Road, near Syston, LE7 1PD

    Tel: 0116 305 6918 Email: watermead@leics.gov.uk

    www.leics.gov.uk/watermead

    A beautiful green oasis and wildlife haven stretching across nearly two miles of peaceful countryside from the edge of Leicester at the southern end, to the northern end at Wanlip near

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    Syston. This 230 hectare water-based country park is a wetland area with over 12 lakes and smaller ponds. Running through the Park are the River Soar and Grand Union Canal which provide an essential corridor for wildlife as well as a route for pleasure boating and walking. Watermead is ideal for walking, cycling, picnics, birdwatching, fishing or more active wa-tersports. Most of the paths are surfaced making it wheelchair and buggy user-friendly. The National Cycle Network passes through the park.

    Children can explore the dinosaur themed natural play trail found around King Lear‟s Lake. The trail features an earthmound, a rib-cage climbing frame, a henge feature and stepping stones both using local granite.

    The park is developing one of the largest reedbed areas in the Midlands plus five bird hides, including a 2-storey hide which provide great viewing spots for visitors.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, wheelchair friendly, information, disabled parking, picnic areas, toilets, disabled toilets, guided walks, conservation volunteer programme, special events, craft activities, fishing, barbecue site, parking ?1.50

Watermead South Entrance

    Alderton Close off Melton Road, Leicester, LE4 7RN

    Tel: 0116 252 7003 Email: parks@leicester.gov.uk www.leicester.gov.uk/parks The southern end of the Watermead complex comprises pleasant walks with beautiful scenery in a natural setting. The Mammoth monument on the hill over looking the park is a reminder of the heritage of the whole site. Until comparatively recently, the Soar Valley was inhabited by prehistoric wildlife such as horses, deer, bison and woolly mammoth. There are bridleways, cycle routes and level footpaths making most of the park accessible to all users. Open dawn to dusk, walks, cycling, horse track, wheelchair friendly, information, parking, picnic areas, barbecue site, play areas, guided walks, conservation volunteer programme, special events and historic interest. Green Flag

Willesley Wood

    Ashby Road, Oakthorpe, DE12 7QG Tel: 01476 581135 www.moretoexperience.co.uk This 56 hectare former colliery site was returned to agricultural use in 1943, and is now a great place for wildlife with new and mature woods containing the rare black poplar, wetlands and wildflower meadows.

    Open dawn to dusk, walks, information and parking

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