At a Glance:
Distance: < 1mile
Time: 5 minutes
Dogs allowed: Yes
Postcode: LE13 1HP
Visitor Centre Cafe
open 10am - 5pm every day except Mondays (normally open bank holidays), telephone 01664 480164
Melton Mowbray Country Park
|Melton Country Park is around 137 acres in size, and about 10 mins walk from the town centre. It was opened around 1990 after the construction of the dam to help with the flooding problems of the Scalford Brook. The interactive satellite picture of the park shows the car park and main features.|
Interactive aerial photograph of Melton Country Park
The car park is reached by going through a housing estate - there is a brown tourist sign off Scalford Road onto Wymondham Way, follow this road right to the bottom.
The cafe has some good displays about what to see at the park, and there are leaflets available on where you can and can't take your dog. (Areas in the park are classified as "dogs run free", "dogs on leads" and "no dogs", to allow wildlife some peace and quiet).
|Cafe at Melton Mowbray Country Park|
|The visitor centre has indoor and outside seating and a good childrens play area. Summer opening hours are 10am-5pm every day except Monday, winter hours may vary. The cafe is also open most bank holidays during the summer.|
|The Visitor Centre at Melton Country Park|
There is an area of young woodland near the visitor centre and a specially created woodland walk through this. There is also a wildlife walk through the park, as well as many footpaths, some of which have a tarmac surface and are fully accessible.
|Not much wildlife about when we went!|
As well as the formal play area near the visitor centre, there are sculptures and other less formal play equipment dotted about in the park, which the kids love to discover and play on.
|View from one of the woods up to Old John|
The park is predominantly wetland, with 3 main lakes providing refuge for a host of waterfowl, insect life and small mammals such as water voles.
There is a hide for bird watching and you are likely to see Tufted Duck, Mallard, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Ruddy Duck, Mute Swan and the Grey Heron as well as other less common species.
The lakes are home to Great Crested Newts and typical vegetation around the waters edge includes Water Forget-me-not, Watermint, Figwort, Gipsywort, Brooklime, Reedmace ( Bullrush) and great Willowherb.
|The central lake at Melton Country Park|
|There is plenty of space for the kids to run around, and to have picnics.
The meadows are beautiful in the spring and summer, with lots of wild flowers and butterflies.
|If you are looking for lunch there is the cafe, or the park is only a short walk from the town centre. If you are driving, why not come to us for lunch?|