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 email@example.com. 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 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
Shenton Station and Cutting
Shenton Station was originally part of the Ashby to Nuneaton railway during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The County Council bought the site in the 1970s, and in 1990 the railway track was extended from Market Bosworth to Shenton by the Shackerstone Railway Society.
Shenton can be used as a starting point for exploring the Battlefield and wider Battlefield Walk, as well as accessing the Ashby Canal and Market Bosworth village.
The cutting is approx 700m (1 mile) from the station to the canal bridge, and about 70m wide at its widest point.
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.
Toilets at Shenton Station are closed (1 March 2021 onwards) due to maintenance work. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The nearest postcode is Shenton Lane, CV13 0AA. From here, follow Shenton Lane south, past Ambion Lane. Shenton Station car park is on the left opposite a farm.
All the paths, except the wildlife walk, are surfaced
Prices / ticket machines
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.