Rushcliffe Country Park
About the park
Set in the beautiful countryside about half a mile south of Ruddington, Rushcliffe Country Park is an ideal place to get away from it all - Rushcliffe Country Park map. With a network of over 8 kilometres of footpaths, grassland, conservation and landscaped areas, the park is excellent for walking, jogging, cycling, spotting wildlife and exercising your dog.
Bring your family and a picnic and encourage your children to let off steam in the extensive play area, which has around 20 pieces of modern equipment for children up to the age of 12. The play area includes a swing suitable for less able children (safety equipment is available on request) and part of the equipment is accessible to wheelchair users. For older children there's a skateboard midi half pipe, and a 4X/ BMX cycle track situated nearby.
Rushcliffe Country Park has a large, well equipped play area with a medieval city – 8m tall, railway-themed play equipment associated with the Transport Heritage Centre next door, large sandpit area, plus the usual swings, slides and roundabouts.
The park is a very popular facility and, when it was refurbished in 2014, we asked parents and kids what they wanted to see - which is why it's such a hit.
Activities and Events
Upcoming Activities and Events:
Events and activities coming up at the Country Park - events March - May 2017.
Regular events and activities at the Country Park – every month at the park.
Easter Holiday Den Building & Bunny Hunt, Wednesday 12 April 10am - 12pm (FULLY BOOKED - NO PLACES AVAILABLE)
Join us for a good old fashioned den building session in the woods and then seek out the ‘Bunnies’ among the trees to gain your chocolate reward.
Booking essential as usual for these activities, full details here.
Rushcliffe School Sport Partnership Cross Country, Thursday 27 April
Local schools cross country event being held on the Park between 3pm and 5.30pm
BAPS 10k Walk/Run, Sunday 30 April
Nottingham members of the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) organisation will be taking part in an annual 10k challenge to raise money for local charities again. It went well last year (www.baps.org/News/2016/BAPS-Annual-Charity-Challenge-9713.aspx) so good luck to them for 2017.
Dawn Chorus Walk, Sunday 7 May. Meet 6am at the Visitor Centre
Come and hear the early birds with us. Join Staff and Volunteers on a gentle early morning stroll celebrating International Dawn Chorus Day.
The event is free but bring a few pounds if you fancy a hot drink and tea cake afterwards. Full details here.
Save the Children Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Walk, Saturday 13 May
Bring your wellies and come and join in Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk in aid of Save the Children, 2.00pm to 5.00pm at Rushcliffe Country Park.
Suggested entry donation £1.00 per child - adults are free. Certificates will be awarded to all children completing the walk.
We will be serving refreshments in the Education Room and there will be a Peppa Pig themed Lucky Dip for children.
For further details please contact Jane Piggott - email@example.com
East Leake Academy – Venture Force Ghana Charity Café, Sunday 14 May
Students from East Leake Academy will be running a charity café at the Visitor Centre from 9am. Monies raised will go towards joining the efforts of the Venture Force project team in Ghana, improving the lives of the people there. www.ventureforce.co.uk/community-projects/ghana/
Cancer Research UK Bark for Life, Sunday 21 May
The Bark for Life returns to the Country Park yet again. An excellent event for dogs and their owners every time. Charity Walk, contests, stalls and the most fun you can have on four paws. Sign up now at www.barkforlife.co.uk
Nethergate School ‘Crumbs Café’, Monday 8, 15 & 22 June
Students from Nethergate school will be getting some real-world experience running a café in the Visitor Centre between 12 and 2pm.
Nottingham Children’s Hospital Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Sunday 11 June
Support the Nottingham Children’s Hospital BIG APPEAL from 10am. Cakes & refreshments available at the visitor centre plus face painting, tombola, teddy bear adoption and more! You don’t even have to go down to the woods (unless you want to). Teddy bear's picnic details.
Chalfield Dog Show, Sunday 18 June
Chalfield Dog Club will be holding their annual Dog Show this Sunday 19th at Rushcliffe Country Park.
Come along and have a look, there’ll be some of the most beautiful and best behaved examples of ‘man’s best friend’ on display.
Keep an eye out for the Chalfield Charity Dog Show at the end of July when your own beloved mutt will be given the chance to strut their stuff.
Regular Exercise Classes
Exercise classes in the open air using lightweight kettlebells for fitness, body transformation and toning with a fully qualified instructor.
Every Tuesday at 9.30am – to book or for more information contact Lisa on 07872 615538 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to be kept updated with activities and events on the park send an email to CountryPark@rushcliffe.gov.uk with the subject ‘Mailing List’.
Notts Adventure Bootcamp
Fun, group-based, bootcamp style, circuit training led by qualified fitness instructors. All fitness levels welcome.
Starting Wednesday 8 March 2017, 10-11am and 6-7pm.
For more information call 07542 945 660 or visit www.facebook.com/nottsadventurebootcamp
Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.
Hiring Park Facilities and Educational Activities
Please see our facility hire booklet for details of how to hire our room, open spaces and activities at the Country Park.
Bookings for Schools and Organised Groups
Contact us to arrange activities for organised groups 16-17.
Please let us know if you are a large group visiting the park even if you are not booking anything with us. This will help us ensure your activities don’t clash with other groups or works on the park.
Running at the Park
Rushcliffe Country Park is very popular with runners - being mostly flat with well maintained footpaths.
A 5/10 km route is way-marked around the park – Rushcliffe 10k Map.
A timed 5 km parkrun is held at 9am every Saturday – register here.
A timed 2 km junior parkrun is held every Sunday 9am - register here.
Please consider other park users when running here.
Dogs at Rushcliffe Country Park
Well behaved dogs are welcome to visit Rushcliffe Country Park but we do ask their owners keep them under control and pick up after them.
Free poop scoop bags are available at the Ranger’s Office or can be purchased there at £1 for 50 strong bags. There are plenty of dog bins around the park and you are free to use litter bins to dispose of bagged dog waste.
Certain areas of the park – the car park, lakeside and play areas – are dogs on leads zones and we ask that dogs are kept out of fully fenced woodlands.
This map shows the areas where dogs can run free and those where they must be on a lead.
Copper's Dog Activity Trail
While you and your four legged friend are here don’t forget to visit our Dog Activity Trail.
The trail is in a fenced and gated area and features a variety of obstacles and activities to entertain your dog. Please read and follow all instructions on the trail for everyone’s safety and enjoyment.
The Trail is open and free for members of the public to use at any time. It can also be hired for 30 minutes or one hour by private individuals for £24/hour or for commercial use (where the hirer is making charges) for £50/hour.
Bookings are restricted to a maximum of ten dogs and cannot be made for weekends or during school holidays– contact the Rangers for details and to book.
Access to the park is free, though a £1 voluntary car parking charge is now in operation. For our regular visitors a 3 month pass is available for £5. The income received helps to maintain the park’s excellent standards.
The park is open 365 days a year.
Please note that the Visitor Centre and public toilets in the log cabin building will be closed and the Ranger service not available Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Access to some of the composting toilets will still be available during Christmas and New Year.
The car park opens every morning at 8am and will be locked at closing time:
- 4pm from November – February
- 6pm from March - October.
However, the park is still accessible outside of these times via the pedestrian access points.
Access to Rushcliffe Country Park
The park is accessible to wheelchair users via the car park entrance or from Barleylands in Ruddington. The paths around the lake are flat, with minor slopes around the rest of the Country Park. There are toilets with disabled access.
Out of Park opening hours, the access gate outside the Rangers office can be opened with a National Key Scheme (NKS) RADAR key. These are the same keys that open disabled access toilets. Please lock the gate behind you.
Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park
If you are interested in participating in practical conservation work and learning or sharing your knowledge about wildlife, why not join the Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park. Visit the Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park or contact the Country Park Rangers on 0115 921 5865.
Wildlife in Rushcliffe Country Park
The Country Park is set within 85 hectares of wildflower meadows, grassland, conservation and landscaped areas. One third of the country park has been planted with over 80% of native broad leaf trees, such as oaks, alders, field maple, birch and wild cherry.
The 2 hectare lake and reed bed provides an invaluable habitat for a diversity of aquatic species and an excellent site for watching wildfowl such as the resident mute swans, great crested grebes and various duck species. Other birds regularly seen in the park include skylarks, meadow pipits, finches, cuckoos, kestrels, sparrow hawks, reed buntings, reed warblers and sedge warblers to name but a few. The best time to see mammals is either at dawn or at dusk. There are plenty of foxes, stoats, rabbits, hares, voles, hedgehogs, mice and shrews and various species of bats.
A list of species recorded to date at Rushcliffe Country Park is available here.
The Country Park and it’s wildlife is protected by a number of byelaws, all of which are legally enforceable.
Offenses against these byelaws are liable to a fine. The items listed below are not a full list but are something visitors should be aware of when at the Park.
No bridleways exist in the Country Park so the riding of horses is not permitted in any area.
Power driven, model aircraft of any type are not permitted to be flown in any part of the Country Park. Drones are not allowed on the park either.
Fishing and Hunting
All wildlife on the Country Park is protected so fishing, trapping or hunting of any description is not permitted in any area.
Dogs must be kept on leads when requested or whilst in the areas defined as such at the Country Park. Dogs must be under control in all areas of the Park.
Dog fouling must be immediately cleaned up in all areas of the Country Park and dog owners must have a method of doing this.
Rushcliffe Country Park is one of the best in the country. In July 2014 the park received its eigth consecutive Green Flag Award, a sign that the park is well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities.
Rushcliffe Country Park is one of a record number of parks and green spaces receiving the award this year, ensuring that even more people have access to well-managed, high-quality green spaces.
Natural England Accredited
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2016
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2015
Nottingham Local Favourite 2015
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