I am lucky enough to live within a stone's throw of the country park and I walk my dog there for a couple of hours every morning (rain, hail, snow or shine!). It's a beautiful oasis in an urban landscape, imaginatively reclaimed from the former Rising Sun Pit. There's a wealth of paths to travel, lots of ponds and small lakes with ducks, swans and geese making their homes there. Our beautiful stag is a magnificent creature and we're so lucky that he decided to make his home here a number of years ago and there a horses, cows and (sometimes) sheep to be found in the many fields within the park.
The cafe at the Rising Sun Centre is a joy - myself and fellow dogwalkers (plus dogs, of course) call in regularly midway through our walks, to treat ourselves to pots of tea and freshly-made cheese scones which, to my mind, are the best scones I have ever tasted. We even buy one for the dogs to share! Everything is made on the premises, the kitchen is open to view, and the wonderful smells which waft over the terrace certainly stir the appetite. The terrace itself is ideally situated and affords a wonderful view of one of the lakes, with the old pit-heap (now a hill with scenic views) in the background.
Every Christmas our "dogwalkers club" books a table for Christmas lunch - if you've never thought about booking please do so, the lunch is always superb and very reasonably-priced in comparison to "run-of-the-mill" hotels and similar venues.
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