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Burrough Hill Country Park

Toposcope and view from Burrough Hill
Located between Burrough on the Hill and Somerby, south of Melton Mowbray, Burrough Hill Country Park is one of the most striking and historic features in the landscape of eastern Leicestershire. The well-preserved Iron Age hill fort dramatically crowns a steep-sided promontory of land reaching 210m (690 ft), with superb views. A prominent landmark and ready-made arena, the hill has long been a place for public recreation. As well as the grassy hilltop the country park offers diverse wildlife habitats and varied areas to visit. Historically the area was pasture - famous for foxhunting and as a reputed birthplace of Stilton cheese. Today much land is arable, but dairy, beef and sheep also feature.
Since 1970 Leicestershire County Council has leased this 35 hectare site from the Ernest Cook Trust.

Excavations 2014 - Public Open Day and Guided Walk

This summer, the University of Leicester's Archaeology Service (ULAS) and the University of Leicester Excavation Initiative are joining together to carry out the fifth research excavation project at Burrough Hill Country Park.
Burrough Hill excavations
An Open Day will be held on Sunday 29th June (11am - 4pm) to give the public an opportunity to see the excavations and talk to the archaeologists. Learn about life in an Iron Age roundhouse and watch combat displays. Guided tours of the site and excavations are available throughout the day.
In addition to the Open Day, a guided walk, led by local experts Jeremy Taylor and Peter Liddle will take place on Saturday 12th July from 2pm til 4pm. This will be the last time to view the current excavations on the site and learn all that has been discovered about the site’s history. No booking necessary; £3 per adult, children free, payable on arrival.

Visitor Information

  • Pay and display car park, £2.50 all day parking. Please note exact money is needed
  • Somerby Road, Burrough on the Hill, Melton Mowbray, LE14 2QZ.
  • Car park is open daily, dawn til dusk
  • Some uneven paths around the site
  • Find out about our Car Park Season Tickets
  • Bus Routes: Veolia 113, West End Travel Rural Rider 5 (Weds). For more information contact Traveline
  • Location Map
Open dawn to dusk walks parking (disabled) picnic area toilets disabled access toilet guided walks

What to See and Do

  • A toposcope - shows the direction and distance to landmarks around
  • A Trig. point - built by Ordnance Survey to mount surveyors' equipment, the triangulation pillar is 210m above sea level
  • Interesting variety of plants and animals
  • Well preserved Iron Age Hill Fort

Wildlife and Archaeology at Burrough

For more information about Burrough's wildlife and archaeology, see the Wildlife Page or Archaeology Page.

Contact Details

Tel: 0116 305 5000 (8.30am - 5pm Mon - Thu, 8.30am - 4.30pm Fri). Outside of these times, emergencies only please.
Email: Emails are checked during the week. You will not receive a response to your email at weekends or Bank Holidays.

Page Last Updated: 29 May 2014