Sence Valley Forest Park is a significant area of woodland planting which has transformed the former opencast coal mining site, in north-west Leicestershire, into a haven for wildlife and visitors. The coal mine closed in 1996 and only two years later 98,000 Corsican pine, larch and poplars trees were planted. Another 100 acres of land was bought in 2018 and this was planted with a range of coniferous and broadleaved trees, as a sustainable forest for the future.   

In a visit to the park, you can explore the mixed forest on the network of trails or try out one of the orienteering courses around the woodland. Meadows and open glades leading into the woodland also make Sence Valley Forest Park a fantastic location for bird-spotting. 150 bird species have been recorded in the area so make sure to take some binoculars and see what you can spot as you wander round the site, or from the cover of the bird hide.   


A significant area of new forest planting with trails and ample bird and butterfly-spotting opportunities.  


  • Bird hide  
  • Café serving takeaway food 
  • Outdoor picnic areas 
  • Parking 
  • Toilets 
  • Visitor centre 
  • Walking and cycling trails 

Advance Visit Information

  • Car parking charges apply
  • Annual membership available
  • Opening hours may vary

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There's always somewhere new to visit in the National Forest, with an array of unique attractions to explore and discover. 

Explore a trail

Why not explore the woodlands of the National Forest on one of our circular trails? Each showcases the different landscapes of the Forest.