Donisthorpe Woodland Park was created in 1996 by Leicestershire County Council on the former site of Donisthorpe Colliery, which was opened in 1857. The colliery lagoons have been capped with clay and planted with new woodland. Grey alder acts as a 'nurse' species to the 20ha of newly planted woodland of Corsican pine, larch, oak, ash and cherry by creating shelter. A coppice hazel wood will provide bean and pea sticks for local gardeners.
The Hooborough Brook flows through the site with mature willow woodland on its banks and the line of the Ashby Canal runs along the edge of the park from which a network of rolled stone paths established lead across the site. The Park also includes a section of the 3-mile long Ashby Woulds Hertitage Trail that runs between Moira and Measham.
Wheelchair users may need assistance in some places.
Donisthorpe Woodland Centre (DWC) on Church Street, Donisthorpe provides most direct access; please check with DWC (01530 272203) for opening times. The car park is open from 9am to 4pm and has three disabled parking bays.
St. John the Evangelist Church, Donisthorpe:A surfaced car park next to the church. Please note: care should be taken crossing the road to access the Woodland Park.
Moira Furnace: It is also possible to park at the Furnace and walk along the Ashby Canal towpath to Donisthorpe Woodlands. The car park is flat and has several disabled bays. However, parking at the Furnace requires visitors to access a short but steep path to the canal towpath, which may not be suitable for manual wheelchair users.
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