When the weather is good we are regulars at Delamont. There's a small entry fee (£4) per car but when you see how well maintained the grounds are you cannot begrudge it. There's a great play area for the kids just over to your right as you drive in - quite extensive with lots of equipment for them to play on and well looked after. I always check out playground equipment before our kids use them as our son was badly injured on a badly maintained slide in Spain so I checked this play area out thoroughly first. Beside the play enclosure is a large grassy area with bbq's under the trees - bbq's are also scattered around the entire country park too and in nice locations.
There are choices of walking trails to take ranging from 1-2km walks to a 5km walk, these follow around the park and down along the edge of Strangford Lough. We took the shorter walk and found it suited young children just fine but there is some uphill involved - wheelchairs/mobility scooters would not be suited to these walks, and if you've a stroller then be prepared for a good workout...the trails are maintained well but are 'rustic', they are not paved. The walks though are fantastic and the views stunning across the lough. If you want to be challenged there are exercise/work-out stations along the routes if you are inclined to combine your run/walk with sit-ups, etc.
Amenities: Ample parking. Plenty of refuse bins to stow your rubbish near the picnic areas, toilets are quite clean so no issues there. In the summer there are frequent organised activity days providing things to do for children as well as adults but incur an extra charge. There is a small gift shop/information centre selling the usual tat (souvenir caps, pens, maps, books, crisps and you can book to do some activities too) but they do not accept credit/debit cards - cash only. There is no tea-room but there is a small canteen located beside the wee steam train ride selling tea/coffee, ice-creams, candy floss...
Staff are friendly enough - last time we were there we discovered the disposable BBQ we'd just bought from a nearby Spar was un-lightable and hubby had to take the car to go and buy another...the park attendant at the entrance collecting the entry fee okayed him to drive out of the park and return again no hassle, which was good as we'd experienced this before somewhere else and he had to pay another entry fee to come back in. Good customer skills can make or break a family's day out.
Lastly: take a ride on the steam train as it's great fun.
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