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Burrough Hill Country Park

Toposcope and view from Burrough Hill
Located between Burrough on the Hill and Somerby, south of Melton Mowbray, Burrough Hill Country Park is one of the most striking and historic features in the landscape of eastern Leicestershire. The well-preserved Iron Age hill fort dramatically crowns a steep-sided promontory of land reaching 210m (690 ft), with superb views. A prominent landmark and ready-made arena, the hill has long been a place for public recreation. As well as the grassy hilltop the country park offers diverse wildlife habitats and varied areas to visit. Historically the area was pasture - famous for foxhunting and as a reputed birthplace of Stilton cheese. Today much land is arable, but dairy, beef and sheep also feature.
Since 1970 Leicestershire County Council has leased this 35 hectare site from the Ernest Cook Trust.

Guided Walk

Friday 24th July, 2.00 pm
Meet at the top of the track near Burrough Hill Country Park, Somerby Road, Burrough on the Hill, LE14 2QZ.
Visit Leicestershire’s finest hill fort with University of Leicester Archaeological Service’s John Thomas and Andrew Hyam, who directed the 5 year programme of excavations on the site. They will take you round the site and describe the excavation findings.
Adults:£3; children free. Car parking £2.50. No booking required.

Visitor Information

  • Pay and display car park, £2.50 all day parking. Please note exact money is needed
  • Somerby Road, Burrough on the Hill, Melton Mowbray, LE14 2QZ.
  • Car park is open daily, dawn til dusk
  • Some uneven paths around the site
  • Find out about our Car Park Season Tickets
  • Bus Routes: Veolia 113, West End Travel Rural Rider 5 (Weds). For more information contact Traveline
  • Location Map
Open dawn to dusk walks parking (disabled) picnic area toilets disabled access toilet guided walks

What to See and Do

  • A toposcope - shows the direction and distance to landmarks around
  • A Trig. point - built by Ordnance Survey to mount surveyors' equipment, the triangulation pillar is 210m above sea level
  • Interesting variety of plants and animals
  • Well preserved Iron Age Hill Fort

Wildlife and Archaeology at Burrough

For more information about Burrough's wildlife and archaeology, see the Wildlife Page or Archaeology Page.

Contact Details

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

Page Last Updated: 26 May 2015