Coronavirus update (covid-19) - July 2021
Country parks are open as usual. Social distancing requirements have been lifted, but we're asking visitors to remain mindful and try to keep a safe distance from others
Beacon Hill Café, 1485 Tithe Barn and the Colliery Cafe, are providing both eat-in and takeaway services. Opening hours vary, check the social media channels for the latest information:
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
Burrough Hill Country Park
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.
All our parks are open every day. Beacon, Watermead North and Market Bosworth Country Parks car parks allow entry from 7am until the following times:
December – January – 4pm
February – 5pm
March – 6pm
April – 7pm
May – August – 8pm
September – 7pm
October – 6pm
November – 5pm
We do not permit overnight parking or camping.
The toilets at Burrough Hill are currently closed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
All-day parking at our country parks costs just £2.50 Pay and Display machines are installed at the car park adjacent to the heritage centre. Please ensure you have correct change on arrival. You can also now pay using the paybyphone app. Instructions for using this are displayed on the car parking machines on site.
Somerby Road, Burrough on the Hill, Melton Mowbray, LE14 2QZ. Car park is open daily. Some uneven paths around the site
Bus Routes: Veolia 113, West End Travel Rural Rider 5 (Weds). For more information contact Traveline