Coronavirus (covid-19) update - November 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 at all of our country parks with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.

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..

Beacon Hill Café and 1485 Tithe Barn are operating a take away service. Opening hours will differ and visitors are encouraged to check social media channels for the latest information before visiting:

Toilet facilities at Beacon Hill Country Park (closed Friday 4 December), Market Bosworth Country Park and Shenton Station are operating as normal.

Play areas at some of our parks are open.  Please read our guidance before visiting a play area and bring hand sanitiser with you if you wish to use the play equipment. . 

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 is vital and we'd encourage everyone to keep up to date with the latest government guidance at



Ashby Woulds Trail

This 3.5mile (6km) multi-use trail in The National Forest was formerly the Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway. It runs from the restored Measham Station to Spring Cottage, linking Conkers (The National Forest Visitor Centre), Moira Furnace, Donisthorpe Woodland Park and Measham. The stone-surfaced trail is suitable for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. Wheelchair users would need assistance in places.

Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail


Opening Times

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.


Visitor Information

  • Car parks along the trail located: Measham library (DE12 6DQ), Donisthorpe Woodland Park (DE12 7PX), Moira Furnace (DE12 6AT)
  • Sarah’s Wood (DE12 6DQ) – note: entrance has a height restriction barrier of 2m


Season Tickets

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 , email or contact our helpdesk on 0116 3055000.


Countryside Code

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