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image for Country Park item typeBrocks Hill Country Park at Brocks Hill

  • Green Flag Award

Country Park, free entry

GREEN FLAG AWARD, QLTY TOURISM IN LEICESTERSHIRE

Brocks Hill Country Park & Visitor Centre

Brocks Hill Country Park & Visitor Centre

Contact

Brocks Hill Centre

0116 257 2888

Address

Washbrook Lane,
Oadby,
Leicester,
LE2 5JJ

Details

Since opening in 1999, Brocks Hill Country Park has received increasing interest as a place for informal recreation and now attracts over 150,000 visitors per year.

The Country Park has been influenced by historic farming practices. Evidence of Bronze Age activities have been found within the area, as have medieval shards of pottery. Medieval ridge and furrow is highly visible within the Country Park. This was once a widespread feature of the Leicestershire landscape of which much has been lost through modern farming practices.

A network of 3 km of hard surfaced paths allow low mobility and wheelchair access to the majority of the more formal areas of the Country Park. All these surfaced paths are 2 metres wide allowing access for two double buggies to pass and were refreshed using granite stone in 2013.

Further grass rides and desire lines provide access around the rest of the Country Park but please note that grassed paths and field margins are sometimes prone to water-logging and may become muddy over the winter period. So dress according to the weather!

The Country Park is managed by a dedicated Countryside Ranger Team and provides a range of informal recreational activities seven days a week. These activities include:

•A permanent orienteering course. Course packs provide three routes of increasing difficulty and are available from Brocks Hill Centre at a small charge.

•A Human Sun Dial
•Dog watering points adjacent to the Centre
•Environmental art in the form of sculptures
•A dedicated den building area
•Two play areas suitable for all ages
as well as free trails and walks available online.

Brocks Hill is a wonderful place to visit to exercise your pets and we welcome dogs and responsible dog owners. We have produced some simple guidelines to help to ensure that the Country Park is a safe and enjoyable place for all visitors, their pets and for local wildlife. Please follow these guidelines.

The Country Park also hosts many more organised learning experiences for children, for adults and for families.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Cafe, toilets, free car parking; fully accessible paths, free building entry; events throughout the year; room hire, orienteering; school group support

Opening Details

Open all the time

Times change please check website for times.

Prices

Free entry

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Cafe, toilets, free car parking; fully accessible paths, free building entry; events throughout the year; room hire, orienteering; school group support

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesOrganic
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SP 619996  Lat: 52.59095 Long: -1.08739

Washbrook Lane is off the B582 Wigston to Oadby road. Follow signs to Parklands Leisure Centre. Continue through the leisure centre car park, beyond which is Brocks Hill Environment Centre & Visitor Centre.

Bus services: 31, 31A, 45, Circleline 40.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6.4 km from Leicester station