Fox Coverts

Fox Coverts Campsite
Kirkby Mallory

Back to basics camping

Areas of Fox Coverts are quiet and secluded enough to enjoy backwoods camping. There is a plentiful supply of natural wood lying on the ground for open fire cooking and there is plenty of canopy to erect a bivouac.

Cooking on open fires

If there is a concrete base on the camp site this may be used for ground cooking.


There is usually a plentiful supply of wood on the woodpile, but please do not be wasteful. Remember there are nails in pallets, therefore, boots are the only safe footwear on the woodpile.


There are taps with drinking water situated throughout the site.

Equipment Hire

We have cooking equipment, tables and benches, altar fires and marquees.

The Site

Fox Coverts Scout Campsite has fourteen and a half acres of ground surrounded by trees of many descriptions, with sites suitable for District, Troop and Patrol camping. Wood fires are encouraged with wood supplied from the site’s wood pile. Mains water is supplied by taps placed throughout the fields. On the site is a substantial covered brick toilet block with separate male and female entrances, leading to separate rooms with toilets, wash basins (with hot & cold water), plus a shower cubicle.

The complex also provides accommodation in the Wilson Building. The Wilson Building can also be used as a classroom, indoor activity, or for field study use. There is a campfire circle and campsite chapel for religious and social activities.

The site is available to members of The Scout Association and Guiding UK and, subject to the approval of the Management Committee, to Schools and other properly constituted organizations. The campsite and facilities are also available for private hire to the general public by prior agreement with the HDSC.

Flora and Fauna

Fox Coverts is a nature lover’s paradise. The woods and paddock are full of exciting flowers, trees, berries, nuts, birds and animals to discover.

During springtime the woodland is carpeted in bluebells. English native trees make up Fox Coverts; hornbeam, oak, silver birch, hazel, chestnut, horse chestnut, mountain ash, fir and a variety of shrubs and native trees.

Birds including blue tits, great tits, chaffinches, green woodpeckers, spotted woodpeckers, little owls, magpies, tree creepers, robins and nuthatches can be spotted throughout the site.

Rabbits and squirrels are plainly in evidence, but occasionally, to the trained eye, there are also badgers, muntjac deer, bats, foxes, and the dormouse to be discovered.


The whole Campsite is open every weekend from 6pm, on Fridays to 6.00pm, on Sundays, and during the week when bookings have been made. The Duty Warden will generally be available when the Site is open. Visits to view the facilities are welcome when the Site is open or by arrangement with the Booking Secretary, who will be pleased to provide further information. Please note – the earliest arrival time on a Friday for a weekend booking is 6pm unless special arrangements have been requested on the Campsite Booking Form and confirmed.

BOOKINGS Provisional bookings can be made with the Booking Secretary, or through the campsite website, but must be confirmed with a booking form and the relevant deposit(s) or payments within two weeks of the provisional booking being made, otherwise the provisional booking will be cancelled. All deposits paid are not refundable. The full fees for buildings and whole site bookings must be paid if your group cancels their booking within two months of the date booked.

All Cheques to be made payable to “Hinckley District Scout Council”. NO large cash payments will be accepted. Payments can be made by arrangement before a booking or by invoice. Bookings are accepted from Scout and Guide Patrols subject in the latter case to there being a Leader present.

Where specific camping areas are requested, these will be allocated whenever possible.


The Site is situated at Kirkby Mallory, entrance in Newbold Lane, approximately ¾ mile west of Kirkby Village, which is 5 miles from the centre of Hinckley. There is easy access by road to the Site, which has adequate parking facilities.


Water – This is a mains supply with Water from taps located throughout the Campsite, this is for drinking and cooking only. Personal toilet requirements are to be met in the Toilet Block with hot water and showers. During the winter months there may not be a hot water supply to the toilet block. This is dependant on weather conditions.

Lighting is provided around the buildings, on the car parks, and in the toilet block.


A limited range of shops is available in Earl Shilton and a full range in Hinckley and Leicester. There are supermarkets in Hinckley, Fosse Park and Leicester.

Campsite Shop

On Site there is shop selling a wide range of souvenirs, gifts, soft drinks and sweets. All shop revenues are used to maintain, improve the Site, and subsidise fees. Site users may not therefore set up their own tuck shop.

Doctors Surgeries

Desford Medical Centre, 54 Main Street, Desford, Leics. LE9 9GR. Newbold Verdon Medical Practice, St Georges Close, Newbold Verdon, Leics. LE9 9PZ. Barwell Medical Centre, 39 Jersey Way, Barwell, Leics. LE9 8HR.


 Co-Op Chemist, 50-54 High Street, Barwell, Leics. LE9 8DR. Co-Op Chemist, Heath Lane, Earl Shilton, Leics. LE9 7PB. Desford Pharmacy, 18 High Street, Desford, Leics. LE9 9JF.

Dental Surgeries

Dental Surgery, 128 Wood Street, Earl Shilton, Leics. LE9 7ND. Carlton House Dental Centre, 56 Shilton Road, Barwell, Leics. LE9 8HA. Desford Dental Care, 3 High Street, Desford, Leics. LE9 9JF.


Leicester Royal Infirmary is close to Leicester city centre. The hospital has more than 1000 beds and provides Leicestershire’s only accident and emergency service.  It is the base for our Childrens’ Hospital as well as an Out of Hours GP Service.

Urgent Care Centre

A state-of-the-art Urgent Care Centre at the Leicester Royal Infirmary opened in May 2008. It is staffed by GPs (doctors), nurses and emergency care practitioners, and is managed by NHS Leicester City.

The centre offers an alternative to people who need to see a GP urgently at evenings and weekends, and who can’t wait until they can go to their own doctor.

You can find the centre close to the emergency department (ED). When facing the ED, the children’s emergency department is to your left. The Urgent Care Centre entrance is to the left of the children’s ED, down the slope. You will find the entry door in a corner near a flower bed. It is signposted both from the ED and from Infirmary Square.

When should you go to the Urgent Care Centre rather than the ED?

  • If you have something minor like a sore throat or earache
  • If you couldn’t get an appointment with your own doctor (GP)
  • If you have run out of your medicines
  • If the problem has been going on for more than a week
  • If you have a long term condition and normally see your own doctor (GP)

Opening times
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

0845 045 0411

Local Police

Leicestershire Police 0116 222 2222 or in an emergency dial 999.


A payphone which does not accept phone cards is available in the Wardens bungalow for outgoing emergency calls only.