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Country Parks

There are several country parks in the county. Here is some information on some of them.

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill Country Park comprises around 135 Hectares (335 acres) of mixed woodland, heathland, grassland and adjoining farmland, situated in the Charnwood Forest in north west Leicestershire. At 802 ft., the summit of Beacon Hill is the second highest point in Leicestershire. Here, a toposcope points out the views in every direction.

Beacon Hill Country Park is open throughout the year between 8.00 a.m. and dusk with current closing times clearly displayed. "Pay & Display" ticket machines are provided in every car park and season tickets are available. The County Park is situated 9 miles north of Leicester and 2 miles south of Loughborough, on the outskirts of the village of Woodhouse Eaves.

For further information see the Beacon Hill Website, run by Leicestershire County Council.

Bosworth Battlefield

In Leicestershire on an August morning just over five centuries ago the armies of Richard III and Henry Tudor faced each other on Ambion Hill. The battle that followed - Richard’s last stand in the Wars of the Roses - gave England a new King and saw the end of the Medieval period. The powerful Tudor dynasty had begun.

At the site of this historic battle, there is a large visitor centre. There are various walks across the site, and there are often guided walks. The entrance is located 2 miles south of Market Bosworth near the village of Sutton Cheney. It is signed from the main roads close to the town.

For further information see the Bosworth Battlefield Website, run by Leicestershire County Council.

Watermead Park

Watermead park is located 5miles North of Leicester, between Birstall on the A6, and Syston on the A46. A series of old gravel pits, which have been turned into large lakes, the park is a peaceful heaven for wildlife, and ideal for picniking, walking, cycling, fishing and watersports. The River Soar and the Grand Union Canal both run through the park.

The park is open every day during daylight hours. Entry is free, and there is ample parking for a charge of £1.00. For further information see the Watermead Park Website, run by Leicestershire County Council.