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.
It is essential that Schools wishing to visit our country parks contact us before doing so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We can advise of anything that is happening on the day that may affect your visit. Find out more about preparing for your school visit here.
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’re 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
Sheet Hedges Wood
Sheet Hedges Wood comprises 30 hectares of land, including two areas of woodland and a meadow with public access.
The second, larger area of tree cover is ancient woodland which is known to have existed as far back at 1086 when it was recorded in the Domesday Book. This area is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its high ecological value. It comprises a rich mix of native trees including oak, ash, wild cherry and hazel. In spring the woodland floor is carpeted in the colourful flowers of bluebell, wood anemone, yellow archangel and red campion.
The woodland block nearer to the road is a younger plantation which was thinned and restocked with native broad-leaved trees in 1997.
In the open field between the two woodlands, over 5000 trees have been planted to link the existing wooded areas. Natural regeneration of tree seedlings out from the old wood will also be encouraged to increase further the value of the site. In addition to this, an area has been seeded with a mix of locally indigenous species of grasses and wild flowers. The meadow is cut for hay each year in late summer.
The woodland nearest to the road includes some access trails. A network of paths is also available around the rest of the site.
All our parks are open every day. Beacon, Watermead North and Market Bosworth Country Parks car parks allow entry from 7am each morning until the following last entry 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 woods are 1 mile north of Groby, off the Newton Linford to Groby road. The site is beyond the Groby Quarry (postcode LE6 0HF).
Parking is available 10 minutes walk away at the Groby Pool car park, Newtown Linford Lane, LE6 0FR.
The pedestrian entrance to the wood is on Groby Lane, Newtown Linford,
LE6 0HG going north just before Sevenoaks Nursery