Know before you go
Parking informationPark on the eastern verge of the road, north of the level crossing (see map). Please remember to close the roadside gate.
Grazing animalsLivestock may be present
The reserve lies 8 km east of Melton Mowbray and may be approached either along the minor road east from Burton Lazars, or via the B676, turning off before Saxby and following the western and southern boundaries of Stapleford Park.
Please note that the level crossing gates are hand operated and thus can cause delays, especially on Sundays.
When to visit
Opening timesAlways open
Best time to visitSpring/Summer
About the reserve
A delightful meeting of old and new, people and wildlife, Wymondham Rough is a mosaic of woodland, ponds, grassland and marshes – with a length of disused canal thrown in! Whilst some of the habitats here are very recent, being heavily modified by the building of the canal and the railway in the 19th Century, around 4ha of grassland could be over three centuries old! The mixture of habitats brings a whole range of plants and animals, including contain cowslip, bugle and water avens in the spring; dropwort, great burnet, betony, devil's-bit scabious and yellow rattle bloom later. The locally rare hybrid avens occur in the woodland. Nests of harvest mice have been found in the hedges and common lizards may be seen alongside the railway. Barn owls and little owls have nested in a hollow oak and specially provided boxes. Butterflies are abundant in the summer especially skippers and browns, while green hairstreaks have occasionally been spied. The hedges contain some venerable ash trees and barberry, a shrub now rare in Leicestershire.