- Paths and seating
- Disabled access
- Countryside Centre
The cafe opening times are:
April - September: 10am - 4pm
October - March: 10am - 3pm
A wide selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes, snacks, sandwiches, hot pasties, sausage rolls and much more are available to buy from our highly rated cafe. The cafe was awarded a maximum 5 stars on the "Scores on the Doors" Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
Seating is available to suit any weather condition with tables and chairs situated inside or outside, either on the decking overlooking the park or under a shelter for those rainy days.
Within the cafe you will also find a pop-up shop where you can buy lovely handmade items which are locally crafted. We are working with local crafters to supply you with wonderful pieces - if you are interested in displaying your product on a shelf please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Birdseed and local honey, often produced by our on-site bees, are also available to purchase.
The use of our off-road mobility scooters is available between the hours of 9.30am - 4.30pm daily for up to a maximum of 1.5 hours at a time. This operates on a diary service which is available at the park. All users will require an induction on the scooter by a ranger before use can begin, this can be done on the day.
The pay and display car park can be found at the entrance to the park, a short walk from the cafe.
Parking is payable between 7am and 6pm and costs £1 for up to 2 hours and £2 for up to six hours. You can pay at the meter or by phone - see details on the meters or pick up a leaflet in the cafe for information.
Blue badge holders
Drivers with blue badges can drive down to the Visitors’ Centre and park in the Countryside Centre car park if there is space. Alternatively, disabled passengers can be dropped off at the Visitors' Centre, then the car returned to the main parking bays.
Minibuses with disabled passengers can remain in the lower car park, but may be asked to return to the main car park if it is busy.
Coaches and minibuses
Please note that the car park has height barriers in place, so please contact the rangers in advance if you are bringing a group in a coach or minibus. The driveway beyond the car park is not suitable for anything other than a small minibus. Coaches and minibuses do not have to pay and display.
Horse boxes and camper vans
If you are bringing a horse box or camper van (overnight parking is not allowed), you can use the bay reserved for high vehicles located just past the main bays on the corner. You will need to pay and display.
Toilets are located at the back of the cafe. They are open at peak times during the day but may be closed overnight. A disabled toilet is available that requires a radar key – please ask one of the rangers or cafe staff. A baby changing unit is available in the disabled toilet.
Paths and seating
The park has a network of hard surfaced paths which are suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and all-season walking. At wet times of the year, many other paths make wellies or sturdy boots essential to keep your feet dry! The map of the park [PDF, size unavailable]shows the main surfaced and unsurfaced paths.
There are plenty of seats and picnic benches around the park for those needing a rest, a short break or a picturesque spot for a picnic.
The park has a network of hard surfaced paths which are suitable for wheelchairs, although a strong "pusher" may be necessary.
We have two Trampers (rugged battery-powered wheelchairs) available for use by our visitors. These can go around the park on the harder paths, giving you the freedom to explore more of the site and keep up with those more mobile than you. The Trampers have simple hand controls and can be used after a short training session.
Please call us on 01480 388666 to book one in advance as they are very popular. We limit each session to one and a half hours. Let us know when you book if it is your first session so we can arrange to run through some basic training with you. There is no charge for using the Trampers.
Please note: If you phone on the day you'd like to visit we may ask you to turn up to check availability. The office is not manned all the time as rangers are outside working. If this is the case, please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible, although this may not be on the same day. On weekends there may not be someone in the office to take your call.
The Countryside Centre is available for hire and is an ideal venue for both corporate and social events. Visit the Countryside Centre page for more information.