GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Burrough Hill Country Park

3 miles (4.5 km)

This circular walk climbs to the 210m (690 ft) high Burrough Hill. Here you'll find a well-preserved Iron Age hill fortand fabulous views of the Leicestershire countryside. Plantlife in the park includes wild thyme, harebell, lady's bedstraw, salad burnet and musk thistle. Also look out for skylarks, linnets, yellowhammers, willow warblers, woodpeckers, and kestrels.
Burrough Hill is located a few miles south of Melton Mowbray near the villages of Burrough on the Hill and Somerby.
You can extend your walking in the area by visiting the lovely Melton Country Park where there are a number of nice footpaths to follow around the pretty lakes.
The Leicestershire Round walking route also runs through the park so you could continue your walk along this waymarked trail. Following it west will take you through the countryside to Thorpe Satchville and Ashby Folville. Just to the south east is the village of Somerby.

Postcode

LE14 2QZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Burrough Hill Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Burrough Hill Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

There's a couple of good options for post walk refreshment. You could head into Somerby and visit The Stilton Cheese Inn. They serve good quality food and have outdoor seating as well. You can find them just to the south east of the car park on the High Street in Somerby with postcode LE14 2QB.
Just to the south west there's the village of Burrough on the Hill where you'll find the Stag and Hounds. This award winning village pub dates from the 16th century. In September 2019 they won the Great Food Club award and also the Dining Pub of the Year award for 2021. They serve high quality food with ingredients from their own kitchen garden. They also have outdoor seating if the weather is good. You can find them on Main St, Burrough on the Hill, LE14 2JQ.

Dog Walking

The woodland and parkland trails make for a fine dog walk so you'll probably see other owners on your visit. You are advised to keep them under close control and not allow them to swim in the lakes though. The pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head east from the site and you could visit Oakham and the splendid Rutland Water where there a lovely walking an cycling route to follow around the expansive lake. For more walking ideas in the area see the Leicestershire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Burrough Hill Car Park - geograph.org.uk - 149095

View of the car park at the site.

Triangulation Pillar - geograph.org.uk - 520544

On Burrough Hill. The triangulation pillar is on the ramparts of an Iron Age Hill Fort, 210 metres (690 feet) above sea level.

Burrough Hill - geograph.org.uk - 520546

The sheep guarding the entrance to the Iron Age Hill Fort at the summit of Burrough Hill. The toposcope in the background gives great views across Leicestershire.

Weighpen at Burrough Hill - geograph.org.uk - 520542

Weighpen at the hill. By the look of it this weighpen has been disused for some time. The triangulation pillar is on the ramparts of an Iron Age Hill Fort, 210 metres (690 feet) above sea level.

Burrough Hill Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 520535

Looking north towards the hill from Somerby Road, close to the village of Burrough on the Hill in Leicestershire.

Christmas Day on Burrough Hill 2006 - geograph.org.uk - 309703

Christmas Day on the hill 2006. A walker looks at the toposcope while a dog makes its way across the hill top.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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