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Beacon Hill Country Park

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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.
Beacon Hill Country ParkAt 248m (814 feet), Beacon Hill is the second highest point in Leicestershire and the site of a Bronze Age hill fort.
Visitors can explore an extensive network of paths, enjoy picnics and barbeques, and discover the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside that can be seen from the summit.


Download the Beacon Hill Country Park Guide

Beacon Hill GuideOur brand new Guide to the country park is now available to download. Now you can plan your visit before you get here!
  
Download the new Guide here [pdf 3mb].
  


Brand new children's play area opened

Children at Beacon HillVisitors to Beacon Hill can now enjoy a new play area located near to the lower car park. The four play pieces have been supplied by Timberplay who specialise in natural wooden play equipment.
Interspersed with the play pieces are three new wooden carvings made by Peter Leadbeater, Beacon Hill's resident carver. The rabbit, toad and mole represent British wildlife that can be seen within the park boundaries.
Children from St Paul's primary school in Woodhouse Eaves joined Country Parks staff and Councillor David Snartt to officially open the play area in April 2014.



Visitor Information

  • Two car parks; both use an automated pay on entry access system.
  • Car park charge is £2.50 per car and the machines only accept coins (not 5 pence pieces), but do not give out change or issue tickets.
  • Upper Car Park, Beacon Road, LE12 8SP (Grid Ref: SK 51034 14457)
  • Lower Car Park, Breakback Road, LE12 8TA (Grid Ref: SK 52214 14836)
  • Car Park Season Ticket Information
  • Bus Routes: Centrebus 154 (Monday – Friday), Kinchbus 123 (Saturday only). Contact Traveline for more information.
     Location Map         Map of Beacon Hill         Permanent Orienteering Course
Open dawn to dusk walks horse track cycling wheelchair access parking charge parking (disabled) picnic area barbeque site toilets disabled access toilet baby changing conservation volunteer programme special event historical interest


Opening Times

Both car parks have automatic exit gates that will allow cars to leave the car park at any time. However, we do not allow overnight parking.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May-Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
7am - 4pm 7am - 5pm 7am - 6pm 7am - 7pm 7am - 8pm 7am - 7pm 7am - 6pm 7am - 5pm 7am - 4pm


What to See and Do

Children Play Area
  • A wooden boardwalk winding through the twisted rhododendron labyrinth with its hidden sculptures creates an enchanted experience.
  • Sit on the log train, or find your way through a hazel maze in the Natural Play Area, which was created from timber grown at Beacon Hill.
  • Large wooden sculptures inspired by the park's environment and history. For more information see our Sculptures Page.
  • Various livestock, including Highland and English Longhorn cattle, rare breed sheep, and alpacas. A small herd of pigs add to the number in the summer months.
  • A 4.8km multiuse track circles the park, suitable for pedestrians, horse riders and mountain bikers.
  • The park's extensive network of surfaced paths. Permissive paths on adjoining farmland link with public footpaths which lead into the wider countryside, and make the area great for walking.


Conservation Volunteering

Volunteers
The Country Park Service has a number of different volunteer groups that work at various country parks throughout the year. The Beacon Hill Volunteer Group get together on the second and third Sundays of the month.
Click here for more information about all Country Parks volunteering opportunities.


Frequently Asked Questions

Please check our FAQs Page to find answers to our most commonly asked questions.


Photo Gallery

View from Beacon Hill
Check out our photos of the country park in our Photo Gallery. We'd love to see your photos from around the park too. Email them to us, or why not share them on Facebook, and we may use them on the web pages!
   
   


Contact Details

Tel: 0116 305 5000 (8.30am - 5pm Mon - Thu, 8.30am - 4.30pm Fri). Outside of these times, emergencies only please.
Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk    Emails are only checked during the week. You will not receive a response to your email at weekends or Bank Holidays.

Other Local Sites
Broombriggs Farm and Windmill Hill, just across Beacon Road - permissive paths and bridleways across farmland.
Jubilee Wood, Woodhouse Lane, near Nanpanton.
Sheet Hedges Wood, on the Groby to Newtown Linford road.

Page Last Updated: 29 May 2014