Head to Beacon Hill Country Park, one of the highest points in Leicestershire at 245m, offering spectacular views of Charnwood Forest and the Soar Valley. Covering 128 hectares, the park is home to mixed woodland, grassland, open heathland, wetlands and rocky outcrops. Spend an afternoon enjoying the site of sheep, cattle and alpaca as they graze different areas of the park’s grass and heathlands. Wade into a world of discovery as you explore the park’s ponds that are brimming with whacky wildlife – from amphibians like newts and frogs, to insects like dragonflies and diving beetles. Explore the Native Tree Collection, a collection of over 8,000 from 28 species of trees and shrubs that are native to the British Isles. Discover Beacon Hill’s rich history at the Jewry Wall Museum in Leicester, where you can find a range of archaeological tools and jewellery founds at the site of the 3,000-year-old Bronze Age hill fort on Beacon Hill.
Check out Burbage Common, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council’s largest countryside site at 200 acres. This mix of semi-natural woodland and unspoilt grassland is perfect for wildlife-loving walkers. The woodlands are probably some of the only remaining fragments of Hinckley forest, which dates back to medieval times. Pack your bike and delve into the National Forest, a 200 square mile forest set in the heart of Coalville. The varied landscape encompasses ancient and newly planted forest, wildflower meadows and rugged, rocky uplands to create an atmosphere of vibrancy. Recall the region’s industrial heritage as you take in atmospheric castles and mighty manor houses, and then be amazed at the transformed landscape into one of rolling farmland, ancient forests and young woodlands. Watch for skittish deer in country parks and bluebell woods or keep an eye out for birds nesting in the treetops. Stop by Burton upon Trent for a pint, or check out Coalville, Swadlincote or Ashby de la Zouch for an insight into the area’s rich history.