Coronavirus (covid-19) update - 18 June 2020
Focusing on the health and wellbeing of everyone is our top priority.
People who are able to access our parks are welcome to visit but we are asking that social distancing guidelines are followed at all times, staying two metres apart from others and keeping dogs on leads.
Car parks are open as are toilet facilities at Beacon Hill Country Park, Market Bosworth Country Park and Shenton Station.
Beacon Hill Cafe will be operating a takeaway service from 19 June. Opening hours will differ, visitors are encouraged to check the Facebook page for the latest information.
Playgrounds, toilets (except those listed above), 1485 Tithe Barn cafe and other visitor facilities remain closed at this time until further notice.
Our number one priority is to keeping people safe. To help ensure this, we are reducing our capacity in car parks, installing additional signage and increasing the presence of wardens and rangers on site. Ticket machines are regularly sanitised but we ask that you use contactless payment where possible and follow Government hygiene recommendations - using gloves for shared surfaces e.g ticket machines and regularly sanitising hands.
Our car parks will close when they are 80% full. This is to give you more space to park away from other cars. At busy times we expect this may make entering and exiting our car parks slower so we ask that you please be patient if this happens.
If you’re a regular visitor, our season tickets are automatically contactless. Find out about applying for a season ticket on the council's webpage.
Staying safe in these unprecedented times is vital and we'd encourage everyone to keep up to date with the latest government guidance at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Please be rest assured that we will continue to monitor the situation and will post any further updates on this website and our social media channels.
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to light barbecues at our parks due to the recent hot weather. Thank you for your cooperation.
If you are a regular visitor to Leicestershire County Council Country Parks you could save money with a car park Season Ticket, which is valid for all our parks. For just £60 (plus £10 deposit) you could save money and eliminate the hassle of searching for change every visit. For more information and an application form, please visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk/country-park-car-parking-season-ticket , email or contact our helpdesk on 0116 3055000.
Help us to keep our country parks safe and enjoyable for all visitors by respecting the Countryside Code and bylaws.
– Keep dogs under close control
– Leave gates and property as you find them
– Do not pick wild flowers or remove any other flora
– Do not swim in any of our lakes or ponds, nor let your dog(s) swim
– Do not light fires
For more information see the full Countryside Code here
Bagworth Heath Woods
Less than a mile south of Bagworth, towards Merry Lees and Desford, this 75 hectare (185 acre) Country Park has been transformed from scarred industrial landscape of Desford Colliery into a valuable recreational resource. Owned and managed by Leicestershire County Council, Bagworth Heath Woods is made up of woodland, grassland, heathland, lakes and ponds. There is a network of grass and surfaced paths throughout offering relaxing walks through varied habitats and extensive views. A surfaced multi-use path offers a one kilometre permissive link through the site for horse riders and cyclists.
The site is linked to the villages of Thornton and Bagworth by the circular 100 mile walk around Leicestershire, the Leicestershire Round.
All our parks are open every day. Beacon, Watermead North and Market Bosworth Country Parks car parks allow entry from 7am each morning until dusk. We do not permit overnight parking or camping.
Free parking at Heath Road, Bagworth, LE67 1DL Car park open daily: 9am – 4pm (Oct – Mar), 9am – 7pm (Apr – Sept), pedestrian access 24/7 Bus Route: Arriva 26 (alight in Main Street, Bagworth, walking involved). Contact Traveline for further information
Things to do
- 2km of multi-use surfaced path
- Sculpture and examples of stone walls
- Lakes and ponds
- Artificial eco-friendly sand martin nesting wall