Beacon Hill things to see and do
The park is home to number of chainsaw carvings which are displayed along the main routes through the park. Two of the most prominent sculptures are the ‘axe man’ near the lower car park and the ‘rock face’ which depicts the old man of the Beacon rock formation near the summit of the hill. You will also spot the ‘green man’ and the ‘wizard’ at the edge of the woods. Our very own ranger, Steve Shaw, carved the Fairy Castle many years ago which is still a favourite amongst out younger visitors. Our main contributor is our artist in residence, Peter Leadbeater, who has been with us since 2011. You may find him working at the park at Gerry’s Hut just off the path leading away from the lower car park.
Download more information about Peter Leadbeater’s carvings here.
Download a map of the sculpture locations here – large file so could take time
A circular wooden boardwalk winds through thick twisted rhododendrons, making an enchanting experience for all visitors. Look out for the seating area and listening post at ‘Tania’s Tales’ amidst the tangled branches, to hear a story or poem to entertain young and old alike.
Natural Play Area
Volunteers from the Beacon Rotary Club of Loughborough and Welbeck College, helped to build the Natural Play Area as part of the Rotary Club’s 25th birthday. Timber grown within the park was used to construct the play area which includes a log train, a hazel maze, log towers, and various sculptures.
Childrens Play Area
The new play is now open next to the barbeque and picnic site near the lower car park. The new climbing frame, tower slide and animal sculptures will delight our young visitors and keep them entertained for hours.
Native Tree Collection
As part of the National Forest initiative over 8,000 trees and shrubs were planted in 1995 to create new woodland. All 28 species native to the British Isles were planted along with selected cultivated and ornamental varieties. Visitors to the Native Tree Collection can enjoy listening to nature-themed poems and stories that have been written and recorded onto a number of listening boxes by local school children.
Walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike can take advantage of our multiuse track which loops around the edge of the park. There is also a network of paths throughout the park solely for pedestrians. Visitors can enjoy rock climbing, orienteering, jogging and general exercise or enjoy bird watching and gentle strolls in the peace and quiet.
Food and Drink
The Coffee Express van sells high quality hot drinks and cakes from the lower car park each weekend during the summer and on fine days in winter, 10.30am – 4pm. Ice Cream is on sale on fine days during the summer.