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Beacon Hill, near Woodhouse Eavesmarker in Leicestershiremarker, Englandmarker, is a popular country park. It is one of several beacon hills in the United Kingdommarker.

Consisting of over 100 hectares of heath and woodland, the site offers recreational walking, and some short climbs. With a maximum height of 248 m, it is the second highest point in Leicestershire after Bardon Hillmarker.

An extinct volcano, in Whitwick, four miles to the west, was responsible for the fine-grained igneous rocks that the hill consists of. Beacon Hill was the site of a Bronze Age hill fort. Today a toposcope indicates landmarks which can be seen from the summit. These include Lincoln Cathedral and the hills of the Peak District.

Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Stationmarker is aligned so that, seen from the summit, only two of its eight cooling towers are visible.

On a clear day Belvoir Castlemarker can be seen as well as the hills in the Peak districtmarker. Derbymarker, Nottinghammarker, and the tower of Lincoln Cathedralmarker can be seen with a pair of Binoculars. Loughboroughmarker is seen below the hill as is Beaumanor Hallmarker. You can also hear and see steam trains on the Great Central Railway which has a station at Loughboroughmarker and at Quorn and Woodhouse.

It was featured on the 2005 TV programme Seven Natural Wonders as one of the wonders of the Midlands. There are some very interesting rocks on the summit.

Nearby are two small woods both accessible to the public. Jubilee Woodmarker is 2 miles north-west of the lower Beacon hill car park on the Woodhouse Eavesmarker to Nanpantanmarker road and the Outwoodsmarker which is adjacent to Jubilee Woodmarker.

The park has been awarded the Green Flag Award.

Native Tree Collection

The park contains a collection of native trees, first planted in 1996. Many of the trees are labelled, and there are several boxes that provide audio commentary on the biology and historical interest of selected tree species at the push of a button.


There is a pay and display car park accessible from Breakback road, which is at the bottom of the hill. There is also a car park at the top of the hill on Beacon Road. For access by public transport, buses to Woodhouse Eavesmarker run from Leicestermarker and Loughboroughmarker - Centrebus services 54, 121 and 123 all run the same route but at different times and on different days.

Features & Activities

Beacon Hill Country Park has picnic areas, walking routes, a Barbecue site (seasonal), horse tracks and a permanent Orienteering Centre.


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