Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve

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Country Parks offer an ideal low cost day out for all the family, allowing the kids to get outside, run free and explore the great outdoors.  Many offer an array of outdoor activities onsite from cycle trails to fishing, walking trails to space for picnics and barbeques.

South East England's rural geography means there are dozens to choose from, each with their own beautiful spaces and natural features.The Countryside Code

We encouage you to enjoy the countryside at every opportunity, it is so good for our well being. However, whilst you are out and about remember to follow the Countryside Code.  RESPECT - PROTECT - ENJOY. This code contains advice for the public and landowners, making it easier for visitors to help respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors. 

Top ten country parks in South East England

  • Royal Victoria Country Park, Southampton, Hampshire 
    Once the home of the biggest military hospital in the Victorian Empire, this 200-acre site is now ideal for relaxation and leisure.
  • Hastings Country Park, East Sussex
    Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve has over 267 hectares of ancient woodland, heathland and grassland together with 3 miles (5km) of dramatic cliffs and coastline, all within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Queen Elizabeth Country Park, South Downs National Park 
    Fourteen hundred acres of downland and woodland situated in the South Downs National Park with a Green Flag Award. Waymarked trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. Play trails, barbecues for hire. Look out for an extensive programme of events and activities.
  • Seven Sisters Country Park, Eastbourne, East Sussex
    Seven Sisters Country Park comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland. It is a popular place for a number of outdoor activities including walking, birdwatching, cycling and canoeing and named after the seven rolling chalk cliffs on the Sussex Heritage Coast.
  • Staunton Country Park, Havant, Hampshire
    With a farm full of friendly animals, the south coast’s largest ornamental glasshouses, beautiful gardens and 1,000 acres of country park to explore there’s something for everyone. 
  • Snelsmore Common Country Park, Newbury, Berkshire
    4 miles north west of Newbury, this is one of Berkshire's largest remaining tract of heathland and was granted SSS1 status in 1954. 
  • Farley Mount Country Park, Winchester, Hampshire
    Named after the famous monument to the horse named 'Beware Chalk Pit', which belonged to Paulet St John, the 3rd Earl of Bolingbroke.  The all round views from the monument are worth the exploration.
  • Capstone Farm Country Park, Gillingham, Kent
    114 hectares of former farmland ideal for walking, cycling and children's activities. There's also day tickets available for fishing in the freshwater lake.
  • Lepe Country Park, New Forest, Hampshire
    Coastal beach walks with historic D-Day remains, wildflower meadows and children's play area. There's also an excellent sensory garden with sights and sounds perfect for stimulating the minds of babies and toddlers.
  • Black Park, Wexham, Buckinghamshire
    Comprising woodland trails, horse riding, orienteering, nature reserve, arboretum and sites of historical interest.

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  1. Farley Mount Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Hursley, Winchester

    A large area of beautiful downland and woodland, including West Wood. The Park is ideal for walking and picnicking, with fine views over central Hampshire, particularly from the interesting monument at Beacon Hill. Several car parks serve the area.

  2. Staunton Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Havant

    Discover tropical glasshouses, gardens, friendly farm animals and 1000 acres of parkland with follies. Walks and cycle trails, all in Sir George Staunton's 19thC Regency landscape.

  3. Capstone Farm Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Gillingham

    Capstone Farm Country Park is one of Medway's finest green spaces, offering wonderful opportunities for walking, running, cycling and more in 114 hectares of former farmland on the North Downs.

  4. Tilgate Park Watersports

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    Sports Activities

    Tilgate Drive, CRAWLEY

    If you’re looking for a fun activity that you and your family or friends can enjoy, we have a fun activity that’s perfect for you. From 1 hour to full day hire there’s a wide choice available most days.

  5. Reculver Country Park & Reculver Towers

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    Country / Royal Park

    Herne Bay

    The twin towers of St Mary's Church are a distinctive feature of the north Kent coast. They are visible for miles around, guiding visitors as they have guided sailors for centuries. But there is much more to Reculver than the towers...

  6. Chiltern Open Air Museum

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    Museum

    CHALFONT ST. GILES

    Discover 2000 years of Chilterns history by exploring over 30 historic buildings that were the workplace or homes of ordinary people. Learn about traditional skills, farming, lifestyle and local history while taking in the beautiful scenery of the…

  7. White Horse Wood Country Park

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    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Maidstone

    The White Horse Country Park is set within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The park offers beautiful countryside, local history and panoramic views and hosts the medieval ruins of Thurnham Castle.

  8. Kilkenny Lane Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Carterton

    Set within 50 acres Kilkenny Lane Country Park is an ideal location for playing, walking, jogging, or simply relaxing with a picnic. There are 2.5km of paths (suitable for wheelchair access) and bridleways, as well as an adventure play area

  9. Crowborough Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Crowborough

    Crowborough Country Park is a 16 acre local nature reserve set within the Jarvis Brook area of Crowborough entranced from Osborne Road.

  10. Southwater Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Horsham

    This 90 acre (36 ha) site, created from a former brickworks, has level surfaced paths which provide an easy-going lakeside walk. Offering a selection of outdoor activities including an adventure-style play area.

  11. Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve

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    Natural Feature

    Hastings

    A fabulous nature reserve with stunning coastal scenery situated within the High Weald Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  12. Riverside Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Gillingham

    Riverside Country Park is an excellent site for Winter birdwatching.
    Situated alongside the Medway Estuary at Gillingham, the park is made up of many different habitats, including ponds, reedbed and grassland.

  13. Brickfields Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Aldershot

    Brickfields Country Park, possibly the smallest country park in the UK.

  14. Itchen Valley Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Eastleigh

    Itchen Valley Country Park is an unspoilt area of water meadows, ancient woodland and grazing pasture situated beside the River Itchen, between Eastleigh and Southampton.

  15. The Vyne

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    Castles & Stately Homes

    Basingstoke

    he Vyne is a warm red-bricked Tudor mansion built in the 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain, which later passed into the hands of the Chute family, who cared for the house and estate for over 300 years. It was remodelled to…

  16. Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

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    Forest

    CRANBROOK

    The National Pinetum is a world-class collection of dramatic conifers and a beautiful setting for a country walk in all seasons.

  17. Haysden Country Park

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    Fishing

    Tonbridge

    This 165 acre Country Park owes much of it character to the Haysden and Barden Lakes and the River Medway. Nature and Historical Trails, Sailing Club, fishing (day tickets available) toilets, children's play area, and refreshment service.

  18. Royal Victoria Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Southampton

    Rich in history, with a small beach and miles of open fields, Royal Victoria Country Park is a hidden gem on the south coast.

  19. Lightwater Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Lightwater

    The Country Park is predominately heathland habitat, but there are also ponds, woodland, shrubs and lowland bog

  20. Wellington Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Riseley, Reading

    Wellington Country Park, ‘The Biggest Outdoor play in Berkshire’, was established in 1974 by the Eighth Duke and Duchess of Wellington. Set in 350 acres of beautiful parklands off the A33 between Basingstoke and Reading, Wellington Country Park…

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