Discover Sence 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!