Coronavirus (covid-19) update - January 2021
With England in a national lockdown, the Government advice is to stay at home.
It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
If one of our country parks is local to you and you’re looking to use this space for outdoor exercise, please make sure you do so in line with the latest government guidance on exercise.
Full information on what you can and cannot do can be found on the government website.
Please check our Facebook page for any further updates before you decide to visit.
Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.
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
Oakthorpe Picnic Site
Located in the heart of the National Forest, off the Donisthorpe to Ashby de la Zouch road, Oakthorpe Picnic Site comprises 14.8 acres (six hectares) of mixed habitats including woodland, semi improved grassland and wildflower areas. The site is home to a wide range of both flora and fauna.
There are surfaced paths suitable for all users (wheelchair users will require assistance due to inclines) and pedestrian routes into the neighbouring 98.8 acre (40 hectares) Willesley Wood, managed by the Woodland Trust.
Free car park, open daily; 9am – 4pm (Oct – Mar), 9am – 7pm (Apr – Sept). We do not permit overnight parking or camping.
Ashby Road, Donisthorpe, DE12 7QG.
Please note there is a height restriction barrier of 2m at the entrance.
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.