We are so lucky in Warwickshire to have an abundance of parks and open spaces around us to explore. One of our favourite spots is Ryton Pools Country Park. Located on the edge of Ryton on Dunsmore, and run by the council, you can easily lose an entire day here for just a small car parking fee (currently £3.50).
The area boasts a wide variety of wildlife across its 100 acre space, with plenty to do for young and old members of the family (and dogs are welcome too).
A short walk to the right from the main entrance is the Children’s Wood. This is a great place to explore and often very quiet. You can visit for specific ranger led activities, or the rest of the time it is free for anyone to venture into, with cut sticks and branches around to put your den building skills to the test!
For younger members of the family there are also two playground areas. The smaller one is conveniently located by the Information Centre, café and public toilet facilities. Across the park situated next to Ryton Pool (with an ice cream van usually parked outside the gate) is a larger playground, ideal for older children.
If your energy levels are running low, you can take a gentle stroll around the larger of the pools, Ryton Pool, perhaps picking up some duck food from the Information Centre before setting off. Nearby there is an open green space ideally located for a picnic. Alternatively you could head to the smaller Pagets Pool and take shelter in the bird hide, watching feathered friends coming and going, you may also spot a dragonfly from there! Mobility scooters are available for hire from the Information Centre for a small charge if required.
For all members of the family there is a bicycle hire centre, just behind the Information Centre, where along with bikes you can rent a KMX Kart – which look as though they’re great fun although I have yet to try them out!
From April to September, the miniature railway runs every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoons, and this is certainly a hit with younger members of our family (and is rather fun for parents too 😉 ).
However you choose to spend your day there, I would highly recommend adding it to your list of places to visit. Be sure to come prepared with whatever you may need for a full day of fun!
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