Coronavirus (covid-19) update - parks now closed - 22 March 2020

Focusing on the health and wellbeing of everyone is our top priority. In response to local reports of people continuing to gather in public places, we have taken the difficult decision to close all country parks effective immediately.

As our parks have many access points and open spaces, we are relying on the cooperation of the public. Our primary concern is your safety. Our moves have been to support social distancing, protect health and wellbeing and avoid mass gatherings. We have taken action to restrict the growing number of people visiting and gathering in groups.  There are still ways to access our parks and open spaces on foot etc., but if you choose to do so, then please observe social distancing and remain at least 2 metres apart from others.

We’re encouraging all our visitors to stay safe in these unprecedented times by keeping up to date with the latest government guidance at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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 www.leicestershire.gov.uk/country-park-car-parking-season-ticket , 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 

 

 

Donisthorpe Woodland Park

Donisthorpe Woodland Park is a 36-hectare former colliery site in The National Forest.  The site has been restored and now supports 20 hectares of beautiful mixed woodland and 3km (1.85 miles) of stone-surfaced paths, which are suitable for all users.

There are links to the 6km (3.7 miles) Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail and Moira Furnace (for details emailmoira.furnace@nwleics.gov.uk) along the towpath of the restored Ashby Canal.

Donisthorpe New Wood and Saltersford Valley Picnic Site

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

Church Street, Donisthorpe, DE12 7PY. Vehicular entrance is shared with the Donisthorpe Miners’ Welfare Centre.

Free car park off Moira Road, open daily from 9am – 4pm (Oct – Mar), 9am – 7pm (Apr – Sept)