Castle Hill Country Park

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Castle Hill Country Park: Established in the early 1980's the park comprises some 250 acres of grassland, plantation and broad leaved woodland. The A46, Leicester Western By Pass divides the park into two linear sections.

The southern section, bordering Beaumont Leys, comprises of relatively high land with good views out over Bradgate Park and the Charnwood Hills. The northern section, bordering Anstey, comprises mainly of flat meadow land associated with the Rothley Brook. Aside from the pleasant Rothley Brook, with it's abundance of birdlife, the park's key natural attractions include the Bluebell Woods, located of the Astill Lodge Road and some fine ash, oak and willow trees associated with the old hedgerows and streamside.

Beside the Bluebell Wood a new apple orchard has recently been established. Historical records indicate that an orchard stood on this site in the early 14th century.

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Beaumont Leys Medieval Earthworks

A large rectangular platform containing several other earthworks, standing in a pasture field. The main enclosure lies on the edge of Beaumont Leys plateau overlooking Anstey. The land fails away steeply to the north, west and south. The enclosure is rectangular measuring 160 metres by 120 metres with a bank and external ditch which disappears on the west side.

King Williams Bridge

The bridge is probably 17th century, and comprises a small rubble bridge for pack horses with two round arches, and a pointed cutwater rising into the parapet on the upstream side. The parapet approaches are splayed out. The masonry is fairly rough with several pieces of slate. A few patches of cobbling remain on the pathway. The arches are lined with brick where extended.

Directions

Car

Limited parking provision is available at the Anstey Lane entrance

Bus

The No 26 bus can be taken from Charles Street in the city centre to Astill Lodge Road.

Foot

from the Astill Lodge Road, Gorse Hill, Sheepwash Lane (Anstey) and Anstey Lane (Thurcaston).

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Opening times:

Never closes

Prices:

Free

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Address: Castle Hill Country Park, Astill Lodge Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4, UK
Phone: +44 116 222 1000
Email: Parks@leicester.gov.uk

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