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Broombriggs Farm and Windmill Hill

Broombriggs Farm
Broombriggs Farm is a mosaic of small fields enclosed by dry stone walls, hedgerows, fences and woodlands. They are managed to provide permanent pasture for grazing livestock and to grow various arable crops.
The Farm was donated to Leicestershire County Council in 1970 by the Frear family. The objective was to preserve its natural beauty as a typical Charnwood Forest farm. Today, the farm is still managed in traditional ways which help to retain its varied landscapes and fine views over the surrounding countryside.
Between Broombriggs Farm and the village of Woodhouse Eaves is Windmill Hill. The site is a mix of mature woods and new woodland areas recently planted with waymarked paths as part of The National Forest. A platform giving views over the Soar Valley has been made from the stone base of the former post mill that stood from 1863 until it was destroyed by fire in 1945. The Windmill is open throughout the summer months on Sundays from 10am - 4pm.


Visitor Information

Windmill Hill
 
Open dawn to dusk walks Horse tracks on site Information area on site parking charge picnic area Farm Trail conservation volunteer programme


Opening Times

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 - 4pm


Livestock

Cattle at BroombriggsCattle such as Limousin, Charolais, Belgian Blue and Aberdeen-Angus are farmed here. These are cross-bred to produce offspring which are healthy and resistant to disease.
Sheep are reared to produce meat and wool. They are kept in some of the upper fields over the summer months but they may also be seen in the lower, arable areas during the winter where they feed on “stubble turnips”.


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, occasionally working at Broombriggs Farm and Windmill Hill.
Click here for more information abour all Country Parks volunteering opportunities.


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 checked during the week. You will not receive a response to your email at weekends or Bank Holidays.

Page Last Updated: 13 June 2014