The best country parks in the UKOur pick of scenic parks for a fantastic family day out this summer
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If you’re looking for fun-filled family days out that don’t break the bank, the UK has a wealth of brilliant country parks to choose from.
Here are some of our favourites, all of which boast wonderful walks, stunning scenery, and everything you need for a brilliant day in the great outdoors.
Wellington Country Park, Berkshire
Beautifully rural yet easily accessible, Wellington Country Park consists of 350 acres of woodland walks and parkland. From the Animal Farm and Enchanted Forest to the Jumping Pillow and Splash Zone, there’s plenty to keep younger visitors occupied. Camping is also available for those looking to extend their visit.
Ferry Meadows Country Park, Cambridgeshire
Located less than three miles from Peterborough city centre at the heart of Nene Park, Ferry Meadows has something for everyone. Explore the meadows, lakes and woodland on foot or by bike. Or, for something a little different, climb aboard the Ferry Meadows Railway.
Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Cheshire
Tegg’s Nose Country Park is situated on the western edge of the Peak District National Park, and the scenery is as stunning as you’d expect. The rugged terrain means it’s a popular destination for climbers and mountain bikers – there’s also a wealth of fantastic walks to explore.
River Dart Country Park, Devon
Whether camping or visiting for the day, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor activities at this country park in the heart of Dartmoor. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, the Dare Devil activities – including kayaking, high ropes, and the Climbing and Caving experience – won’t disappoint.
Mugdock Country Park, East Dunbartonshire
Just 10 miles from Glasgow and open all year round, Mugdock boasts both 270 hectares of beautiful countryside and 5,000 years of Scottish history. Follow the adventure trail, try your hand at orienteering, or book onto one of the many events before popping into one of the cafés.
Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex
Comprising 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valleys and open grassland, Seven Sisters Country Park is a unique place. Discover wildflowers, spot an incredible array of wildlife and explore the many accessible trails. The park is also one of the best places in the UK for stargazing.
Moors Valley Country Park, Hampshire
This Hampshire park consists of one thousand acres of varied terrain just calling out to be explored. Hire a bike, experience a Hawk Walk and see the hands-on displays in the Ranger Den. For added adventure, tackle the Go Ape Treetop Challenge and Forest Segway experience.
Margam Country Park, Neath Port Talbot
Striking scenery, history, wildlife, a wide range of family attractions: Margam Country Park has it all. From peaceful walks and deer-spotting to the thrills of mountain biking and Go-Kart Safari – a day out here can be whatever you want it to be.
Kielder Castle Visitor Centre, Northumberland
Located within England’s largest forest with its own castle and reservoir, Kielder Castle Visitor Centre is the perfect hub for discovering all this diverse region has to offer. Get lost in the Minotaur Maze and keep your eyes peeled for rare wildlife, including red squirrels and pipistrelle bats
Sherwood Forest Country Park & Visitor Centre, Nottinghamshire
This magical forest is best known as being at the heart of the Robin Hood legend, and is also home to Europe’s largest collection of ancient oaks. Plan your visit to take in a seasonal guided tour or walk, have a go at archery, and take in the woodland’s fascinating history.
Culzean Castle & Country Park, South Ayrshire
This striking 18th-century castle stands on a cliff above beautiful woodland, beaches and parkland. Explore the miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and enjoy the thrills of the Adventure Cove and Wild Woodland play parks. Inside, don’t miss the castle’s dramatic Oval Staircase.
Pugneys Country Park, West Yorkshire
Once a quarry and open-cast mine, this wildlife-packed 24-acre site is now a picturesque nature reserve. Kids will love the Blown Away Adventure Trail and miniature railway, as well as the breadth of watersports on offer. The Boat House Café has a selection of tasty treats for anyone feeling peckish from a busy day of adventures.