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Beacon Hill Country Park

 
 
 


Beacon Hill Country Park, close to Woodhouse Eaves, is owned and managed by Leicestershire County Council.  Rising to a height of 245m, Beacon Hill is one of the highest points in Leicestershire and boasts spectacular views of Charnwood Forest and the Soar Valley.  Covering 128ha, the Country Park consists of mixed woodland, grassland, open heathland, wetlands and rocky outcrops.  It has a range of interesting features that await any visitor.

The Country Park supports an important range of plants and animals, and is part of the 'Beacon Hill, Hangingstone and Outwoods' Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).  The management of the park aims to balance public access with the need to maintain and enhance the habitats for which the site is important.  As a result, Beacon Hill Country Park was the recipient of the 1996 English Nature Award for Management. 

The most visible aspects of the management of the Park’s habitats are the grazing sheep, cattle and alpaca that are moved around the site to graze different areas of grassland and heathland.  The heathland areas are also being restored through the clearance of large areas of bracken and the spreading of heather seed from local sources.  A large area of open land is being managed to encourage different types of grassland - acid grassland, hay meadow and heathland. 

An additional 27.5ha of new woodland and open space were added through the National Forest Tender Scheme in 2000.  This woodland area, known as West Beacon Fields, incorporates an old hedge line to maintain this important feature as a wildlife corridor.

Elsewhere, there are a number of existing field ponds with interesting populations of amphibians, such as newts, toads and frogs as well as insects like dragonflies and diving beetles.  An old stone wall on the site acts as a hibernaculum for adders and other reptiles to use for their winter hibernation.  Beacon Hill has a rich bird-life and a range of different species can be seen in the different parts of the site.

Beacon Hill is also the site of a Bronze Age hill fort believed to be up to 3,000 years old.  Over the years a range of archaeological tools and jewellery has been found.  Many of these can be seen in local museums such as the Jewry Wall Museum in Leicester.

Close to the lower car park, a Native Tree Collection has been planted with over 8,000 trees.  These trees represent each of the 28 species of trees and shrubs that are native to the British Isles.  The collection can be accessed via a surfaced footpath and sanded horse track. 

Separate cycle, walking and all-abilities paths around the Country Park ensure access for all users is available.  Beacon Hill is also included in the National Forest Company's 'Where to see wildlife' leaflet.


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Baby Changing Facilities Baby Changing Facilities
Car Parking Car Parking
Children Welcome Children Welcome
Coach Parking Coach Parking
Cycle Trails Cycle Trails
Disabled Parking Disabled Parking
Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
Dogs Allowed Dogs Allowed
Green Flag Award Green Flag Award
Horse Riding Trails Horse Riding Trails
Open All Year Open All Year
Toilets Toilets
Walking Trails Walking Trails
Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access

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Cycling Cycling
Disabled Access Disabled Access
Grassy Paths Grassy Paths
Information Information
Parking Parking
Picnic Facilities Picnic Facilities
Riding Riding
Surfaced Paths Surfaced Paths
Toilets on Site Toilets on Site
Viewpoint Viewpoint
Walking Walking


Horse Riding Facilities

Routes:
Extensive network of permissive horse tracks including sanded track round Native Tree Collection and a new link to Dean's Lane.

Bridleways:
Link to nearby Broombriggs Farm and road links to bridleway to Loughborough and Woodhouse Eaves.

Cycling information

Extensive trails, mostly gravelled ensure good access for cyclist.  The site is on a hill. 

     

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Woodhouse Eaves
Leicestershire
LE12 8TA

0116 3055000

http://www.leics.gov.uk/countryparks

Beacon Hill access leaflet

Opening times

Country Park, Daily, from 7am

Admissions

Car Park:
Adult: 2.50 season ticket available

Parking

Parking is available at two points.  The lower car park is accessed from Breakback Road and the upper car park from Beacon Road.

Buses

There are bus links via Woodhouse Eaves

Bus Route No 54

123 to Woodhouse Eaves

Trains

Loughborough Station