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Country Park, free entry


Watermead Country Park

Watermead Country Park


Country Parks Team

0116 305 5000


Wanlip Road,


Watermead Country Park is one of the best sites in Leicestershire for bird watching and nature study. As well as the Reedbed Nature Reserve which opened in 2004, the park is also home to the Birstall Nature Reserve, situated towards the south of the park. This area has been a reserve since the early 1980s.

Surfaced paths throughout the park provide an opportunity for walking, running and cycling, and many seats along these trails are ideal places for visitors to sit and enjoy the general peace and quiet.

The country park forms part of the Leicester Marathon course held in October each year and the main cycle route through the park is part of the National Cycle Network linking Leicester City with Loughborough and the north of the county.

For the fisherman, season permits can be obtained (during the fishing season) for John Merricks Lake, King Lear’s Lake and the Lily Pond. Day tickets can be purchased from on-site staff (on the bank) for King Lear’s and the Lily Pond.

Families visiting the park can enjoy picnics and children can explore the Jurassic Play Trail around King Lear’s Lake.

Other activities such as windsurfing, sailing and model boating can be enjoyed in the park through local clubs, and the local Newfoundland Dog Rescue Group lay on demonstrations and training sessions at various times of the year.

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsPicnic site

Disabled access

Opening Details

Open all the time

Open dawn til dusk


Free entry

All-day parking at Watermead costs just £2.50. All proceeds from car parking charges go into the maintenance and upkeep of our country parks.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users



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Map reference: SK 607113  Lat: 52.69636 Long: -1.10262

We are located north-east of Leicester, immediately adjacent to the A46, between the villages of Syston and Wanlip. The country park’s main entrance can be accessed from Wanlip Road, Syston, near to the Hope and Anchor pub

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport