Type of Website: Country Park

'There are over 400 Country Parks in England, offering great places to enjoy yourself in a natural setting. Whether taking time out, exercising, improving your health, meeting up with friends or learning more about the countryside, Country Parks have something for everyone.'

Visits to the Website1018
Views of 'Full' Record1623

'Afan Forest Park has 14 way marked circular walks and has therefore become a major walking destination. Our walks are diverse, varying from a one mile leisurely stroll to a ten mile (bring a packed lunch) hike. The starting points for our walks are Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre, Rhsylyn Car Park and Glyncorrwg Ponds Visitor Centre ... We have two walking packs available to ensure that you don’t get lost out on the trails. "Walks in Afan Forest Park" and "Walks in the Corrwg Valley" include information, directions and maps on all 14 walks.'

Navigate the Website>>> Things to do >>> Walking
Starting fromAfan Forest Park
Visits to the Website893
Views of 'Full' Record2037

'Once in the park you may explore our lakeside walks, nature trails, outdoor play areas, picnic areas and visit 100 Aker Wood. Aldenham is a haven for a wide diversity of flora and fauna and is a great place for photography and wildlife watching. The walks are self guided but take a look at our Wildlife page to see the animals and plants you might find here so you can learn as you explore.'

Category Hertsmere
Starting fromElstree
Description from

Aldenham Renaissance

Visits to the Website467
Views of 'Full' Record1129

'Set in breathtaking surroundings you can recharge your batteries and enjoy one of the many walks and cycle trials on the grounds and take in the sights and sounds as you pedal or walk through the open landscape and forest trails.'

Starting fromCreagán
Visits to the Website735
Views of 'Full' Record1527

'The largest area of open space in Redditch, 900 acres in size. The park was created in the 1970's by the Redditch Development Corporation and has become one of Redditch's greatest green assets. The park extends over 2.5 miles from Bordesley Abbey in the north of Washford Mill in the south. The River Arrow meanders through the park providing excellent wildlife habitats and interesting walks for visitors.'

'The Way Marked Trails were established under a joint initiative with Worcestershire County Council.'

Category Redditch
Size (acreage)900
Starting fromArrow Valley Country Park
Description from

Redditch Borough Council

Visits to the Website1235
Views of 'Full' Record2402

'The Park is a great place for a quiet stroll and there are three, mile long routes, to choose from (Lakeside Path / Explorer Trail or Easy Access Trail) whilst a short road crossing takes you into some attractive countryside between the park, Astbury village and Macclesfield Canal with Mow Cop and Congleton Edge destinations for those who wish to venture further.'

Category Cheshire East
Size (acreage)35
Starting fromCongleton
Visits to the Website911
Views of 'Full' Record1583

'The miles of tracks offer an opportunity to explore some of Dorset's internationally important heathland and its rare wildlife.'

Category East Dorset
Size (acreage)600
Starting fromRingwood
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website680
Views of 'Full' Record1539

'Baggeridge was originally owned by the Earls of Dudley as part of the Himley Estate and consisted of small farms and ancient woodland along with the parkland of Himley Park. It was later landscaped by Lancelot "Capability" Brown in the 18th century; the landscape is still largely unchanged from the southern boundary up to the Wishing Pools. The whole site remained as landscaped by Brown until 1902 when work began to mine the northern half when pit shafts were sunk and a cast mining operation began ...'

Size (acreage)150
Starting fromBaggeridge Country Park
Walks described here by
See also

Trails at Baggeridge Country Park [South Staffordshire Council] (PDF)

Visits to the Website702
Views of 'Full' Record1341

'One of the finest public spaces in the West of Scotland with fantastic views over Loch Lomond and plenty of things to see and do ... The estate was designated as a country park in 1980, and since 2002 has been part of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.'

Navigate the Website>>> Useful Leaflet [PDF]
Size (acreage)200
Starting fromBalloch
See also

Balloch Castle Country Park [Walkhighlands] | Balloch Castle [Wikipedia]

Visits to the Website834
Views of 'Full' Record1319

'Covering 2,550 hectares (6,330 acres) on the Lochalsh peninsula, this traditional Highland crofting estate is a diverse mix of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes. It encompasses croft and farm land, woodland, moorland, villages, coastline, saltmarsh, lochs and offshore islands, and offers stunning views across the water to the mountains of Skye and Applecross.'

Size (acreage)6330
Starting fromBalmacara
Walks described here by
See also

Balmacara & The Woodland Walk [Lochalsh Tourist Guide]

Visits to the Website847
Views of 'Full' Record1913

'Established as a country park in 1992 on the site of a disused claypit Beacon Wood is now a thriving ecosystem home to an abundant range of wildlife and a popular retreat for local residents escaping the hussle and bustle of every day life.'

Category Dartford
Starting fromBean
Description from

Friends of Beacon Wood

See also

Walks for all - Beacon Wood Country Park [Kent County Council] | Beacon Wood Country Park [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

Visits to the Website751
Views of 'Full' Record1698

'A diverse landscape of ancient woodland, grassland and lakes ... A circular walk, set up with the help of the Woodland Trust, follows the boundary of the estate and takes in five public access sites, including Belhus Chase.'

Starting fromBelhus Woods Country Park
Description from

Thurrock Council

See also

Belhus Woods [Essex Country Park] | Belhus Woods Country Park [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

Visits to the Website795
Views of 'Full' Record1634

'Over 500 acres of woodland, heathland and open space, including over 10 miles of well-surfaced tracks and all the facilities and activities you need for a great family day out.'

Category Slough
Size (acreage)500
Starting fromBlack Park
Visits to the Website813
Views of 'Full' Record1501

'Lies about 9 miles west of Morpeth and is signposted off the A696 from Belsay. It is situated in the heart of the beautiful Northumberland countryside surrounded by historic landscapes and dramatic views. It has lakeside, woodland and open grassed areas for all to enjoy with the attractive lakeside walk being accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.'

Category Castle Morpeth
Navigate the Website>>> Bolam Lake Country Park & visitor centre
Starting fromBolam Lake
Visits to the Website846
Views of 'Full' Record2062

'Extending to 830 acres of publicly accessible countryside the Park has a wild and rugged aspect that you do not expect to find so close to the city with dramatic rocky outcrops and gnarled old oak trees, many of which are well over 500 years old ...'

Category Charnwood
Size (acreage)830
Starting fromBradgate Park
Description from

The Bradgate Park Trust

Visits to the Website849
Views of 'Full' Record1442

'From the visitor centre at Brandon Country Park you can follow a number of trails, cycle routes and walks that take you through the park and the surrounding Thetford Forest.' ALERT Website Links changed.

Category Forest Heath
Starting fromBrandon
Description from

Brandon Country Park

Visits to the Website920
Views of 'Full' Record1431

'Is probably one of the British Isles smallest and least known country parks (unless you know of one under 8 acres !) Reclaimed from the remains of a Victorian brickworks and clay diggings, Brickfields Country Park is a peaceful, natural park, known only by local residents and a few in the know - and now you ! ...'

Category Rushmoor
Size (acreage)8
Starting fromBrickfields Country Park, Aldershot
Visits to the Website783
Views of 'Full' Record1543

'Since opening in 1999, Brocks Hill Country Park has received increasing interest as a place for informal recreation and now attracts over 150,000 visitors per year ...'

Category Oadby & Wigston
Starting fromBrocks Hill Country Park
Visits to the Website1059
Views of 'Full' Record1515

'One of the most striking and historic features in the landscape of eastern Leicestershire. The well-preserved Iron Age hill fort dramatically crowns a steep-sided promontory of land reaching 210m (690 ft), with superb views. A prominent landmark and ready-made arena, the hill has long been a place for public recreation. As well as the grassy hilltop the country park offers diverse wildlife habitats and varied areas to visit ... Since 1970 Leicestershire County Council has leased this 35 hectare site from the Ernest Cook Trust.'

Category Melton
Size (acreage)85
Starting fromBurrough Hill
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website508
Views of 'Full' Record1079

'Lies on the River Irwell covering an area of 36 hectares of scenic countryside, one mile north west of Bury town centre.'

Category Bury
Starting fromBurrs Country Park
Description from

Bury Council

Visits to the Website1173
Views of 'Full' Record3346

'A network of paths allows you to explore the park and enjoy its sites and sounds. Five waymarked walking trails, of varying length, offer tours of the park's main features. All trails are colour-coded and follow a circular route, starting and finishing at the visitor centre.'

Starting fromCarnfunnock Country Park
Description from

Larne Borough Council

See also

Carnfunnock Country Park [WalkNI]

Visits to the Website876
Views of 'Full' Record1369

'Numerous nature trails, woodland walks and cycle trails run throughout this beautiful country park which is located on the shores of lower Lough Erne.'

Size (acreage)230
Starting fromEnniskillen
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website766
Views of 'Full' Record1478

'Castle Hill Country Park, located on the north western fringe of the city, is one of Leicester's largest and more recent parks ... Established in the early 1980's the park comprises some 250 acres of grassland, plantation and broad leaved woodland. The A46, Leicester Western By Pass divides the park into two linear sections'.

Size (acreage)250
Starting fromCastle Hill Country Park
Description from

Leicester City Council

Visits to the Website823
Views of 'Full' Record3022

'Relax in the peace and tranquillity of the setting and learn more about the history of the chapel and the legends that link it to 7th century missionary St Chad ...'

Category Stockport
Starting fromRomiley
Visits to the Website806
Views of 'Full' Record2330

'Welcome to our pack of self guided walks around Chasewater Country Park. There are a huge selection of paths to take around the site and we have tried to give you a nice variety of both difficulty and length ...'

Category Lichfield
Starting fromChasewater Country Park
Description from

Lichfield District Council

Visits to the Website2167
Views of 'Full' Record5394

'Situated to the south of the picturesque, historic town of Clare, just two minutes' walk from the town centre, Clare Castle Country Park is a beautiful quiet area to relax, play, get close to nature and learn about Clare's fascinating history.'

Category St Edmundsbury
Starting fromClare Castle Country Park
Description from


Visits to the Website847
Views of 'Full' Record1408

'Clumber is a beautiful expanse of parkland, heath and woods covering more than 3,800 acres. Clumber Park was once the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle. Although the house was demolished in 1938, there are glimpses of its grand past to explore - from the Gothic-style chapel, often referred to as a "cathedral in miniature", you can follow in the footsteps of dukes through the peaceful pleasure ground to the Walled Kitchen Garden, where you can experience sights, scents and a taste of the past ...'

Navigate the Website>>> Things to See and Do
Size (acreage)3800
Starting fromClumber Park, Worksop
Walks described here by
See also

Mr Straw's House [National Trust]

Visits to the Website983
Views of 'Full' Record1832

'There are signposted countryside trails and hill walking routes throughout the Regional Park;  they vary in length from 500 m (20 minutes) to 15 km (4-6 hours).'

Category Renfrewshire
Visits to the Website951
Views of 'Full' Record1737

'Walking is by far the most popular countryside recreation, and is well catered for in the Colne Valley. Facilities range from short circular walks on surfaced paths to leaflets detailing much longer countryside rambles.'

Category Hillingdon
Starting fromColne Valley Regional Park
Visits to the Website1254
Views of 'Full' Record2225

'There are many kilometres of picturesque and peaceful footpaths around the Cotswold Water Park, with the added bonus of it all being very flat!'

Category Cotswold
Starting fromCotswold Water Park
Visits to the Website1082
Views of 'Full' Record1605

'With two excellent beaches, spectacular scenery and views across Belfast Lough, tranquil walks through peaceful meadows and wooded glens and a stunning waterfall, Crawfordsburn Country Park provides a relaxing natural retreat.'

Starting fromCrawfordsburn Country Park
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website677
Views of 'Full' Record1501

'Located on the shores of Upper Lough Erne, Crom is one of the most romantic and peaceful places in Northern Ireland. This 2,000 acre demesne is surrounded by tranquil islands and ancient woodlands.'

Size (acreage)2000
Starting fromUpper Lough Erne, Newtownbutler
Walks described here by
See also

Crom [WalkNI.com]

Visits to the Website615
Views of 'Full' Record1356

'As you stroll beneath the oaks in the rambling Country Park, you may find it difficult to believe you are only five miles from the centre of Scotland’s capital city.'

Navigate the Website>>> Dalkeith Country Park Walks Map [PDF]
Size (acreage)1000
Starting fromDalkeith
Visits to the Website613
Views of 'Full' Record1401

'East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils are working together to create a new country park called Dams to Darnley within the greenspace next to Barrhead, Darnley and Newton Mearns.'

Starting fromDams to Darnley Country Park
Description from

East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils

Visits to the Website909
Views of 'Full' Record1437

'Dare Valley Country Park is a great place for walking. You can stroll at will in the country park or try one of our three way marked walks.'

Starting fromDare Valley Country Park
Visits to the Website878
Views of 'Full' Record1375

'There are circular, way marked and hard-surfaced trails through woodlands, meadows and close to the reservoir with wheelchair accessible bird hides to stop and view the wildlife. With its large reservoir where you can feed the ducks, adventure playground, numerous picnic spots, nature trail and a wealth of wildlife, Daventry Country Park is a great family day out.'

Category Daventry
Size (acreage)140
Starting fromDaventry Country Park
Description from

Daventry District Council

Visits to the Website772
Views of 'Full' Record1611

'Generations of Douglas residents have enjoyed both the formal walks in the Policies and those further afield – Pagie Hill and Windrow Wood as well as rambling over the Estate’s moorlands. In 2006 a joint scheme, developed in conjunction with the DVRAP (Douglas Valley Rural Activity Partnership), created an all weather path in the Policies around the Stable Lake - which is enjoyed by young and old alike at all times of the year.'

Starting fromDouglas
Description from

Douglas & Angus Estates

Visits to the Website632
Views of 'Full' Record1571

'Few places in Britain equal Durlston: The bare statistics merely hint at the amazing diversity of wildlife: 33 species of breeding butterfly, over 250 species of bird recorded, 500 wildflowers, 500 moths and thousands of other invertebrates. Durlston's special qualities stem from a combination of geography, geology, history and careful management which has created a mosaic of nationally important wildlife habitats: sea-cliffs, downs, ancient meadows, hedgerows, woodland, and dry-stone walls each with their characteristic plants and animals.'

Category Purbeck
Starting fromDurlston Country Park
Visits to the Website1007
Views of 'Full' Record1459

'Situated on the edge of the beautiful Welland Valley. The Heritage Centre in the converted coach house and stables houses a display featuring the history of Corby and the development of the iron and steel industry in the town.'

Category Corby
Starting fromEast Carlton Countryside Park
Description from

Corby Borough Council

Visits to the Website924
Views of 'Full' Record2055

'Within the Park there is an extensive bridle path network extending to around 11 km. Of this route a shared paths makes up about 5 km of the route on which riders must give way to walkers and cyclists. The track meanders pleasantly beside fields and woodlands ... The area is crisscrossed with paths and bridleways which allow you to get closer to the natural world.'

Category North Ayrshire
Navigate the Website>>> Download a Free Park Map [PDF]
Size (acreage)98
Starting fromEglinton Country Park
Description from

North Ayrshire Council

See also

Eglinton Country Park [Wikipedia] | Irvine and Kilwinning New Town Trail [Ayrshire Paths]

Visits to the Website596
Views of 'Full' Record1399

'To help you get the most out of your visit, special waymarkers have been placed around the Country Park marking out two trails which will help you to discover some spectacular views and wildlife of international importance. The walks called Kingfisher (long trail) and Bulrush (short trail) highlight the best of the natural fen landscape including the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) where you can test your bird spotting skills ...'

Starting fromEly
See also

ELY Wildspace

Visits to the Website705
Views of 'Full' Record1204

'Close to the village of Emberton and the market town of Olney, the Park is ideally located between the counties of Bucks, Northants and Beds. There is easy access from J14 of the M1 and close by is the new city of Milton Keynes. The park opened in 1965.'

Navigate the Website>>> Visitors Guide [PDF]
Starting fromEmberton Country Park
Visits to the Website665
Views of 'Full' Record1324

'Accessible pathways for all to enjoy a walk through the country park year round as well as a network of natural routes allowing you to get closer to the wildlife.'

Category Redbridge
Starting fromFairlop Waters, Barkingside
Visits to the Website1310
Views of 'Full' Record2706

'Ford and Etal Estates boasts some of the most beautiful and accessible countryside in Northumberland which can be explored along the many quiet lanes, footpaths and bridleways around the area – all well waymarked.'

Starting fromFord and Etal
See also

Ford Moss [Northumberland Wildlife Trust]

Visits to the Website603
Views of 'Full' Record1906

'The Forest Way is a linear Country Park providing walking, cycling, horse riding and the quiet enjoyment of the countryside. It runs for around 16 km from East Grinstead to Groombridge. Major improvements to the track surface in 2002 led to its inclusion in the Sustrans National Cycle Network. To the west of East Grinstead, the cycle route continues as the Worth Way along the disused section of line to Three Bridges. In addition, there are as yet unrealised plans to link the Forest Way from Groombridge with the Cuckoo Trail, another trail following the route of a disused railway line, which runs from Heathfield to Hampden Park near Eastbourne.

Category Wealden
Navigate the Website>>> Forest Way Country Park [PDF]
Distance (miles)10
Starting fromEast Grinstead
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website820
Views of 'Full' Record1981

Fryent Country Park 'is 103 hectares of traditional countryside. This vast woodland is surrounded by suburbia, and bisected through the middle by Fryent Way. It is a beautiful open space, perfect for long, country walks. It hosts a number of delightful walking trails for all generations to enjoy, and take in the magnificent scenery. Take the kids to collect bark, play in the trees and feed the ponies'.

Category Brent
Starting fromFryent Country Park
Description from


See also

Fryent Country Park (including Barn Hill Open Space) [London Parks & Gardens Trust]

Visits to the Website1200
Views of 'Full' Record2430

'Gedling Country Park opened in style with a special community day launch on Saturday 28 March 2015 ... There are multiple paths that weave their way through the woodlands and grasslands that make up the rich flora and fauna within the country park. It has a rich diversity of wildlife, mining heritage and green credentials along with a network of paths, trails and viewpoints that creates a destination to be proud of. ...'

Category Gedling
Size (acreage)240
Starting fromGedling Country Park
Visits to the Website570
Views of 'Full' Record1316

'Overlooking the Thames Estuary, near Southend on Sea, Hadleigh Country Park offers unrivalled opportunities for countryside recreation and wildlife watching, as well as magnificent views over the estuary to Kent. Extending to 152 hectares (387 acres) it is one of the largest country parks in Essex and comprises an intimate mix of woodland, pasture, hay meadow and marsh with old hedgerows and ponds.'

Category Southend-on-Sea
Size (acreage)387
Starting fromHadleigh Country Park
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website898
Views of 'Full' Record1535

'Once the home of Earls and Lords, Haigh Hall is surrounded by 250 acres of park and woodland ... with spectacular views across the Douglas Valley to the Welsh hills ... Explore and enjoy the stunning parkland, woodland and plantations ...' ALERT The original Title and Link used here seem no longer to be available (nor descriptions of the three Trails - though you might still find archival copies on the Web). So I have replaced them.

Category Wigan
Size (acreage)250
Starting fromHaigh Hall, Golf & Country Park
Visits to the Website677
Views of 'Full' Record1604

'The Park is situated in the village of Harrold in North Bedfordshire and is open throughout the year. Managed by Bedford Borough Council, it offers 144 acres of beauty and tranquillity. Its main features are two picturesque lakes, river meadows alongside the River Great Ouse, a Nature Reserve and a range of managed habitats.'

Category Bedford
Size (acreage)144
Starting fromHarrold - Odell Country Park
Description from

Bedford Borough Council

Visits to the Website834
Views of 'Full' Record1500

'Hartsholme Country Park is situated in the southwest of Lincoln, adjacent to Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve, approximately three miles from the city centre. The site comprises Victorian landscaped gardens, a large reservoir, woodlands and grasslands. Many features, both natural and built, survive from the original landscaping of the 1860s.'

Category Lincoln
Size (acreage)200
Starting fromSkellingthorpe Road
Description from

Barry Short

See also

Hartsholme Country Park [GPS Cycle and Walking Routes] | The Historical Walk

Visits to the Website423
Views of 'Full' Record1518

'There are a number of way marked Estate walks (Crooks Walk, Lake Walk, Dundock Walk, Riverside Walk, Dunglass Walk) around the Estate Policies.'

Category Berwickshire
Size (acreage)3000
Starting fromColdstream
Description from

Douglas & Angus Estates

Visits to the Website751
Views of 'Full' Record1643

Holly Hill 'is spread over 70 acres of woodland, with more than 5 acres of lakes. This lovely location provides plenty of space for leisurely walks all year and picnics, with ample car parking and easy access for persons with disabilities'. ALERT Links changed.

Size (acreage)70
Starting fromHolly Hill Woodland Park
Description from

Fareham Borough Council

Visits to the Website907
Views of 'Full' Record1925

'Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve is situated in Surrey, within the borough of Epsom and Ewell, and it's open all year round.'

Category Epsom & Ewell
Starting fromHorton Country Park
Visits to the Website839
Views of 'Full' Record1401

'This large and engaging site offers a mix of ancient woodland, new tree planting and open grassland; together with a wealth of archaeological gems, wonderful walks, interesting wildlife and breath-taking views - set in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.'

Category Maidstone
Size (acreage)573
Starting fromHucking
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website832
Views of 'Full' Record2462

'A laminated copy of our Trail Guide can be purchased from the Visitor Centre for 60p. Alternatively, you may wish to download a copy of the Trail Guide yourself. The Meadows Nature Trail is approximately 2 miles long ... The Play Trail is a short walk for the children ... For a longer walk, try out the 2-mile (approx) Totem Trail ... Our 1-mile Forest Trail is accessible by all ...'

Category East Hampshire
Size (acreage)440
Starting fromItchen Valley Country Park
Description from

Eastleigh Borough Council

Visits to the Website362
Views of 'Full' Record852

'The Kenilworth to Berkswell Greenway is a linear Country Park set in the beautiful South Warwickshire countryside. The site forms a 6.5 kilometres section of former railway, with the entire park extending to some 16 hectares ... The Greenway provides opportunities for enthusiasts from all sections of society, including walkers, athletes, cyclists, horse riders, educationalists, life scientists, geologists and industrial archaeologists.'

Category Warwick
Size (acreage)40
Starting fromKenilworth
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website610
Views of 'Full' Record1699

'So much to see and do at Warwickshire's premier waterside attraction! Kingsbury Water Park has 15 lakes situated in over 600 acres of country park. Stroll along the surfaced paths, explore hidden corners, spot birds and wildlife, hire a bike, join an organised event or host your own event. Whatever your idea of a countryside visit is, you will find it at Kingsbury.'

Size (acreage)600
Starting fromKingsbury Water Park
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website944
Views of 'Full' Record3118

'Langley Park is a beautiful place to "escape from it all", take the dog for a walk, go horse riding, cycling or just walking. Or relax with a picnic by the lake or under the beautiful trees and simply watch the world go by.  With patience you may even be lucky enough to see some of the wide variety of wildlife in the park such as deer and foxes, and if you listen carefully you can hear the Great Spotted Woodpeckers tat tatting on many of the veteran trees. We also have two orienteering trails, monthly volunteer conservation days, walks and talks, monthly social for members on the first Tuesday of each month, weekly Monday Simply Walk for health together with a monthly Sunday one too.'

Category South Bucks
Size (acreage)380
Starting fromBillet Lane, Iver
Description from

Friends of Langley Park

Walks described here by
Visits to the Website398
Views of 'Full' Record1103

'The Country Park has a number of way marked trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty. In addition there are a multitude of minor paths and tracks that can be followed. These way marked trails along with other walks on and around the hills are included in the booklet “Lickey Hills Country Park – Great Walks” which is available for purchase at £3 from the Visitor Centre.'

Size (acreage)524
Starting fromCofton Hackett
Description from

Birmingham City Council

Visits to the Website619
Views of 'Full' Record1466

'An important fragment of the once vast Bagshot Heath, stretching to Bracknell and Windsor. The Country Park area has a recorded history going back to saxon times. The main road linking Chertsey Abbey and Frimley Priory skirted the base of High Curley hill. The area was called "whit heke mere" (white, clear water, surrounded by grass), probably a reference to Hammond's Pond, and the source of the name of the nearby village of Lightwater.'

Category Surrey Heath
Starting fromLightwater
Description from

Lightwater Village

Visits to the Website1055
Views of 'Full' Record1484

'There are many Public Rights of Way crossing the farmland, which you can walk at any time. The four categories of Rights of Way are clearly labelled on the ground - with waymark discs and signposts - and on Ordnance Survey maps. There are also permissive footpaths provided by local landowners. These are also clearly labelled.'

Category East Lindsey
Starting fromAround and About
See also

Wildlife [Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park]

Visits to the Website715
Views of 'Full' Record1362

'Loughgall Country Park has three main walking routes: [1]  Lakeside route (4.35k) - - - : [2] Orchard route (3.29k) - - - : [3] Bridle route (5.91k)'

Starting fromLoughgall
Visits to the Website677
Views of 'Full' Record1411

'Woodland Walk (2 milles) ... Lullingstone Loop (4 miles) ... Discovery Trail (1.5 miles) ... Short Walks - including routes along the river path.'

Category Sevenoaks
Starting fromLullingstone Country Park
Description from

Kent Country Parks

Walks described here by
Visits to the Website922
Views of 'Full' Record3042

'Lydiard Park is open every day from 7.30 am to dusk (except Christmas Day). There are 260 acres of historic landscape with lawns, woodlands, lakes and pasture. Wide, accessible paths criss-cross the site making it a great location for a walk, run, jog or bike ride.'

Category Swindon
Size (acreage)260
Starting fromLydiard Park
Description from

Swindon Borough Council

Visits to the Website752
Views of 'Full' Record1161

'The 800 acres of Margam Park provides a perfect backdrop for a walk in the countryside whether it be a stroll after Sunday lunch or a hike along the Coed Morgannwg Way to Afan Forest Park Country Park, our sister country park in the Afan Valley.'

Size (acreage)800
Starting fromMargam Country Park
Visits to the Website900
Views of 'Full' Record1716

'This 35-hectare park was once part of the Bosworth Hall estate, and still retains its distinct parkland features. Here, there are magnificent, mature trees, a lake, a planted arboretum with exotic species, a wildflower meadow and a community woodland ... '

Starting fromMarket Bosworth Country Park
Visits to the Website777
Views of 'Full' Record1485

'Take a walk on the wild side and explore an ecological paradise ... From self-led walks to guided tours there's something to please everyone at our special place.' (Note that this Website - as other NT Sites - is prone to restructuring, but you could try to raise the What's On section ...)

Category Kirklees
Size (acreage)5000
Starting fromStation Road, Marsden
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website373
Views of 'Full' Record947

'Milton Creek Country Park is Sittingbourne's newest green space, it is a jewel, a tranquil oasis for wildlife, hidden from the world by a screen of industrial and residential development that hems it on three sides. The park is open at its northern end to Milton Creek, a shallow tidal inlet running north-east from Sittingbourne to join the Swale at Elmley Reach ... '

Category Swale
Starting fromSittingbourne
Visits to the Website1337
Views of 'Full' Record1382

'They provide easy walking trails through woodland and beside the man-made lochs that are the central feature of both parks. The parks are not easy to link with longer walking routes, except on roads, but there is an attractive route from Monikie west for about 2 miles (3 km) to the B978 at Lovehall, just north of Wellbank village. A good country walk, but can be muddy at times.'

Category Angus
Size (acreage)340
Starting fromCarnoustie
Description from

Walking Stories

See also

Crombie Country Park [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

Visits to the Website340
Views of 'Full' Record773

'There are many miles of paths and tracks through Moors Valley Country Park and Forest. You are welcome to walk on any of these paths; however, the best routes have been waymarked.'

Starting fromAshley Heath
Visits to the Website720
Views of 'Full' Record1523

'An old country estate formerly owned by the Stirling family of Falkirk, the Park is free to access and open all-year round. There’s a lot to do with nature trails, picnic sites, play area available throughout the Park. Visitors can follow the River Avon Heritage Trail around the Park past the historic Avon Aqueduct and see the relics of bygone industry and farming.'

Category Falkirk
Size (acreage)170
Starting fromGrangemouth
Description from

Falkirk Community Trust

Visits to the Website591
Views of 'Full' Record1547

'The diversity of Nene Park makes it a special place. The variety of habitats from woodlands and meadow through to lakes and waterways creates a haven for wildlife. The distinct areas which form Nene Park are connected by the River Nene which runs through them for six miles.'

Starting fromPeterborough
Description from

Nene Park Trust

Visits to the Website795
Views of 'Full' Record1558

'There are over 7km of stunning woodland and riverside walks including a magnificent waterfall walk. For the less able visitors, there is also a meadow walk which offers easy access walking.'

Category Derry & Strabane
Size (acreage)135
Starting fromKillaloo
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website720
Views of 'Full' Record1351

'There are many informal walks through the country park and opportunities to view or photograph a wide variety of wildlife, in their natural habitats. Northycote Farm itself is a Tudor farmhouse and is steeped in history. The farmhouse itself is not always open to the public, but throughout the year, it is opened to the public for tours and other events.'

Category Wolverhampton
Size (acreage)80
Starting fromBushbury
Description from

Wolverhampton City Council

See also

Northycote Farm to Moseley Old Hall Walk [National Trust]

Visits to the Website688
Views of 'Full' Record1694

'There are over 100km of signposted routes available across the hills enjoyed by over 600, 000 visitors annually. We aim to provide, where possible or appropriate, multi-use paths that can accommodate the varying means by which people enjoy the hills. Making good use of paths too, will ensure the visitor can minimise erosion and disturbance to wildlife and land management around the park.'

Category Midlothian
Starting fromPentland Hills Regional Park
Visits to the Website745
Views of 'Full' Record1940

'The Park is Glasgow's largest park and the only Country Park within Glasgow. Its extensive woodlands and gardens provide a quiet sanctuary for both visitors and wildlife.'

Category City of Glasgow
Starting fromPollok Country Park
Description from

Glasgow City Council

Visits to the Website955
Views of 'Full' Record1403

'There are so many things to see and do at Pooley Country Park. The 62.5 hectare site, one third of which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, contains several pools caused by mining subsidence, woodland habitats and is situated on the Coventry Canal. Take a stroll along the footpath used by miners as long ago as 1846 and visit the tea room during the course of your relaxing and enjoyable visit ...'

Size (acreage)150
Starting fromPooley Lane, Polesworth
Walks described here by
See also

Pooley Country Park [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes] (6 miles)

Visits to the Website788
Views of 'Full' Record2937

'Pools Brook, at 165 acres is Chesterfield's largest park. It offers something for everybody with miles of trails, extensive woodland plantations, meadows, lakes, childrens' play areas and wildlife habitats.'

Size (acreage)165
Starting fromPoolsbrook Country Park
Visits to the Website781
Views of 'Full' Record2828

'These walks explore Pugneys Country Park, which is a former open cast mine and the surrounding area which is steeped in history - including findings from the Mesolithic people, a medieval road and the place where Richard of York died.'

Category Wakefield
Size (acreage)250
Starting fromPugneys Country Park
Description from


See also

Pugneys Watersports Centre and Country Park [Wakefield Council]

Visits to the Website1017
Views of 'Full' Record1669

'Queenswood is the only designated country park in the county. It includes the arboretum, a 47 acre tree collection with over 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world and 123 acres of semi-natural ancient woodland which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR).'

Category Hereford
Size (acreage)123
Starting fromQueenswood Country Park
Visits to the Website804
Views of 'Full' Record1617

'A variety of walks are available in Redburn. All walks start from the main car park. Those who do venture to the top are rewarded with amazing views over Belfast Lough.'

Starting fromHolywood
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website649
Views of 'Full' Record1389

'The Lee Valley offers all kinds of walking in Hertfordshire, Essex and London. There are 26 miles of riverside trails to enjoy and quiet, car-free walking routes through nature reserves and peaceful urban spaces ...'

Category London
Visits to the Website671
Views of 'Full' Record1624

'Robinswood Hill Country Park is a 100 hectare Local Nature Reserve and country park adjacent to the city of Gloucester. The site is a fantastic resource for people and wildlife with a range of habitats, as well as important historical and geological sites. However despite its close proximity to many communities, knowledge about the Country Park is limited and the site is underused ... '

Category Gloucester
Size (acreage)250
Starting fromRobinswood Hill
Visits to the Website817
Views of 'Full' Record1730

'Fresh Air and Exercise Nothing Better ... Here at Rother Valley we have an extensive network of Nature trails and walks which all the family can enjoy ...'

Starting fromRother Valley Country Park
Visits to the Website849
Views of 'Full' Record1517

'Set in the beautiful countryside about half a mile south of Ruddington, Rushcliffe Country Park is an ideal place to get away from it all. With a network of over 8 kilometres of footpaths, grassland, conservation and landscaped areas, the park is excellent for walking, jogging, cycling, spotting wildlife and exercising your dog.'

Category Rushcliffe
Starting fromRushcliffe Country Park
Description from

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Visits to the Website953
Views of 'Full' Record1406

'The 100 acres of Ryton Pools Country Park are just waiting to be explored. The many different habitats are home to a wide range of birds and other wildlife. The excellent surfaced paths enable easy walking around the site, and provide access to an adjoining ancient woodland, Ryton Wood (by agreement with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust).'

Category Warwick
Size (acreage)100
Starting fromBubbenhall
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website571
Views of 'Full' Record1460

'Samphire Hoe is an amazing place. There is something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors and wildlife: a stunning location and outstanding scenery, peace and quiet, walks, wildflowers, birds, sea angling and picnics. And the further you go from the car park, the wilder the site becomes. This tranquil setting never fails to impress, with many visitors coming back time and time again. In 2013, more than 80,000 visitors explored the nature reserve. Most of the Hoe is accessible for wheelchair and pushchairs and there is a recommended route sign posted "Front path" and "West shore".'

Category Dover
Navigate the Website>>> Samphire Hoe Walking Guide [PDF]
Starting fromSamphire Hoe
Description from

Eurotunnel and Kent County Council

Visits to the Website932
Views of 'Full' Record1611

'In 1968 an area of 142 hectares of The Queen's private Estate at Sandringham was designated a Country Park. It has been enlarged since then so that today nearly 243 hectares are available for visitors to enjoy. The Park is open every day, there is no charge for entry and parking is also free ... '

Starting fromSandringham Estate
Description from

The Sandringham Estate

Visits to the Website845
Views of 'Full' Record1531

'Finding somewhere for a quiet walk is easy in Sandwell Valley Country Park whether you are a keen rambler or just want to go for a walk with the dog or family. There are 660 acres to walk round and you can go for a quiet stroll in pleasant surroundings through woods, farmland or by pools and streams.'

Category Sandwell
Navigate the Website>>> Walking in Sandwell Valley
Size (acreage)660
Starting fromSandwell Valley Country Park
Visits to the Website955
Views of 'Full' Record2082

'First time visitors to Shipley Park, entering the park through the sprawling Heanor Gate Industrial Estate, begin to doubt that an attractive country park lies ahead and think they have taken a wrong turn. Suddenly Shipley Park is entered, the noise of industry is silenced and an area of wooded parkland, hills, lakes, trails and an abundance of wildlife stretches out in front of you ...'

Size (acreage)600
Starting fromShipley Country Park
Visits to the Website789
Views of 'Full' Record1974

'One of the most popular country parks in Kent, Shorne Woods Country Park offers everything you need to spend a day enjoying the great outdoors.'

Category Gravesham
Starting fromShorne Wood
Description from

Kent County Council

Visits to the Website935
Views of 'Full' Record1861

'Covers more than 2,000 acres and extends from the Hall to Winter Hill. It is owned by Bolton Council and much of the land is leased to local farmers (including Smithills Open Farm). There are plenty of public footpaths and spaces though. One area is the Ravenden Plantation, a wooded valley leading down as far as Moss Bank Way ...'

Size (acreage)2000
Starting fromSmithills Hall
Description from

Visit North West

See also

Smithills Country Park [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

Visits to the Website776
Views of 'Full' Record2793

'Somerset Riverside Park offers a wide network of explorable paths.'

Starting fromSomerset Riverside Park
Visits to the Website1074
Views of 'Full' Record1645

'Large man-made lake with adjacent fields, meadows and trees.'

Category Croydon
Starting fromSouth Norwood Country Park
See also

Grace and Favour in Norwood [AA Walks and Bike Rides]

Visits to the Website712
Views of 'Full' Record1911

'A wonderful Country Park with woodlands, open moor, and a wildflower meadow, and paths throughout ... This Park needs to be explored and should not to be missed!'

Category Bradford
Size (acreage)500
Starting fromSt Ives Estate, Bingley
Visits to the Website947
Views of 'Full' Record1405

'Stadt Moers Country Park is the largest park in the borough of Knowsley. It is approximately 220 acres and is split into 4 quadrants.'

Size (acreage)220
Starting fromStadt Moers Country Park
Visits to the Website663
Views of 'Full' Record1417

'Looking for quiet riverside walks, or wooded valleys? Maybe it's wild open moorland you desire. You can find it all at Stalybridge Country Park ... '

Category Tameside
Starting fromStalybridge Country Park
Visits to the Website916
Views of 'Full' Record1610

'Close to the industrial centres of Scotland, the park lies in 400 hectares of countryside in the valley of the River Clyde, between Junctions five and six of the M74 motorway. Mature woodlands, rough wetlands, wildlife refuges and neat open parkland all surround Strathclyde Loch, the focal point for many of the park activities.'

Starting fromStrathclyde Country Park
Description from

North Lanarkshire Council

Visits to the Website870
Views of 'Full' Record1427

'Offers meadowland and lakeside walks, with a small arboretum of exotic trees and Edwardian buildings still surviving from its past role as a water supply reservoir with a water works heritage trail to guide you round.'

Category Wellingborough
Starting fromMears Ashby
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website947
Views of 'Full' Record1594

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