We recently returned to living in the area and have visited on two occasions to take country walks with our two dogs. It is a beautiful country park suitable for families, walkers, cyclists. There is an educational area I believe for school visits, a playground, cafe near the car park and the main house which has a restaurant and also has rooms for overnight stays. You can walk along the river, follow the cycle route, or around the Japanese garden. There are also longer routes for those who want a longer walk. There does still seem to be a bit of debris from falling trees through the winter which needs clearing and some of the wooden walkways need repair. There are well maintained public toilets on site.
We used to pay £1 on weekends and school holidays to park the car, but it is now a minimum of £2.50 at all times. Quite a lot if visiting 5pm in the evening to walk the dogs for an hour or to take the children to the playground and for an icecream after school. This would put me off visiting in the future. I do think a minimum of a £1 for up to two hours would be more acceptable and more in keeping with other similar venues.
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