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Sence Valley Forest Park

Ibstock, Leicestershire

Sence Valley Forest Park

Sence Valley Forest Park is a 60ha country park created by Leicestershire County Council on a former opencast colliery site near Heather.  The site was named in the summer of 1998 following a competition among local schoolchildren.  It includes the River Sence and three major lakes, which attract a wide variety of wildfowl.  Large areas of the site are planted with Corsican pine, larch and poplars, which will provide an income when they are thinned in about 20 years.  In addition, a range of native broadleaf trees have been planted to give variety and provied a habitat for wildlife.  Meadows and open glades in the woodland also provide habitats for a variety of wildlife, including birds, insects and butterflies.


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  • Car ParkingCar Parking

  • Children WelcomeChildren Welcome

  • Cycle TrailsCycle Trails

  • Disabled ParkingDisabled Parking

  • Disabled ToiletsDisabled Toilets

  • Dogs AllowedDogs Allowed

  • FishingFishing

  • Horse Riding TrailsHorse Riding Trails

  • Open All YearOpen All Year

  • Picnic AreaPicnic Area

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  • Walking TrailsWalking Trails

  • Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Access

  • CyclingCycling

  • Disabled AccessDisabled Access

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  • RidingRiding

  • Surfaced PathsSurfaced Paths

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    The main car park is located inside the site entrance. However, there is a separate surfaced disabled car park in the centre of the site to avoid steep paths downhill. The site entrance has a height restriction barrier of 2.2m. Anyone wishing to enter the site with a larger vehicle should contact the Forestry Commission on 01889 586593 at least 48 hours in advance of a visit.

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