Donisthorpe Woodland Park

Donisthorpe Woodland Park was created in 1996 by Leicestershire County Council on the former site of Donisthorpe Colliery, which was opened in 1857.  The colliery lagoons have been capped with clay and planted with new woodland.  Grey alder acts as a 'nurse' species to the 20ha of newly planted woodland of Corsican pine, larch, oak, ash and cherry by creating shelter.  A coppice hazel wood will provide bean and pea sticks for local gardeners.

The Hooborough Brook flows through the site with mature willow woodland on its banks and the line of the Ashby Canal runs along the edge of the park from which a network of rolled stone paths established lead across the site.  The Park also includes a section of the 3-mile long Ashby Woulds Hertitage Trail that runs between Moira and Measham.

Wheelchair users may need assistance in some places.


  • Bus Service
  • Cycling
  • Disabled Access
  • Information Centre
  • Parking
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Riding
  • Surfaced Paths
  • Walking Trails

Location Map

Donisthorpe Leicestershire

Walk type Access for All