Local Walks & Country Parks
Burrough Hill – 6.7 Miles – LE14 2QZ.
Burrough Hill is one of the most historically important sites in East Leicestershire. With a view stretching for miles (On a clear day it is said that you can see Beacon Hill and Boston Stump) it would have been a very strong defensive position. While you explore the earthworks, remember that they were built centuries before the invention of the mechanical digger. Thousands of tonnes of earth had to be moved using simple tools, often little more than hands and sticks.
Frisby on the wreake – 3 Miles – LE14 2NJ
Frisby-on-the-Wreake is a charming village on the Upper Wreake Valley off the main A607 road, four miles west of Melton Mowbray. The old market cross stands at the end of Main Street opposite The Bell public house. There are many interesting buildings in the village including the old coaching inn, the bakery, the butcher’s shop and the water mill which are now private houses.
Melton Country Park – 2.5 Miles – LE13 1HP
Melton Country Park is an area of open space some 137 acres (55.5 hectares) in size, just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Melton Mowbray. It is a large area of informal and formal recreation areas, lakes and waterways, sports facilities, play areas, picnic areas, footpaths, and cycle tracks. Other facilities include a visitor centre and café, a bird hide, and ample car parking.
Bradgate Park – 17 Miles – LE6 0HE
Bradgate park is an historic Mediaeval deer park in the heart of the ancient Charnwood Forest. It retains much of its original landscape with small woods, grassy slopes and rocky outcrops. Swithland Wood – 146 acres of Ancient Woodland. Bradgate Park is Leicestershire’s largest,most visited country park and was originally created as a deer park in the ancient Charnwood Forest. Red and fallow deer can still be seen feeding among the bracken.
Beacon Hill – 21 Miles – LE12 8SR
Situated in Charnwood Forest in north-west Leicestershire, Beacon Hill Country Park has over 135 hectares (335 acres) of mixed woodland, grassland, wildflower meadows and adjoining farmland. This popular countryside area is owned and managed by Leicestershire County Council for peaceful recreation whilst conserving the site’s considerable historic and wildlife value. Visitors can explore an extensive network of paths, enjoy picnics and barbeques, and discover the many features of interest.
Broombriggs Farm & Windmill Hill – 21 Miles – LE12 8SR
The Park was presented to Leicestershire County Council in 1970 and is a 55-hectare mixed arable and stock farm. It has a 2.4km (1.5 mile) farm trail and information boards explaining the working of the farm. The trail is interlinked with a network of waymarked footpaths and horse tracks. Between Broombriggs Farm and the village of Woodhouse Eaves is Windmill Hill, which got its name from being the site of a 19th-century windmill. The site is opposite Beacon Hill Country Park.
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