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 farming practices for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. 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 park. This was once a widespread feature of the Leicestershire landscape of which much has been lost through modern farming practices.
The southern ditch and hedge boundary of the site forms part of the original boundary between Oadby and Wigston before they were combined into one Borough.
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 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
The Country Park also hosts many more organised learning experiences for children, for adults and for families.
Last updated: Monday, 15 December 2014 8:31 am