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Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

The car park is open to vehicles:

April to September: 8:00am - 7:00pm

October to March: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Open to pedestrian access at all times.

How to find us

How to find us
Sence Valley , Ibstock , Leicestershire
Sat Nav Postcode: LE67 6NW
By Car

The main entrance is on the A447.

Ravenstone Road on the outskirts of Ibstock, Lecistershire.

By Public Transport

Local bus routes into Ibstock from surrounding area, Sence Valley is a short walk from bus stops.

OS Grid Ref
SK 404113

52.6974859, -1.4048921

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Sence Valley.

Facilities and access

Please note the toilets are currently closed to support social distancing.

Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area

Contact details

Discover Sense Valley’s interesting history, take a leisurely walk or spot some fascinating wildlife

Located north-west of Leicester, come and discover Sence Valley’s fascinating history. Once part of a large coal mine that closed in 1996, we planted 98,000 trees in 1998, transforming Sence Valley into a haven for wildlife and visitors. In 2018 we bought a further 48 hectares (102 acres) of the original opencast which will be planted as a sustainable forest for the future, part of the centenary celebration.

Explore the mixed forest on our network of trails or test your navigation skills around the wood on our orienteering courses. A bird-spotter’s paradise, 150 bird species have been recorded in the area so make sure to stop by the bird hide and viewing screen to try and spot the rare diving birds or the grebes!

At a glance

  • Walking trails
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Orienteering
  • Picnic area
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