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.
Access to the park is free, though a £1 voluntary car parking charge is now in operation. For our regular visitors an annual pass is available for £20. The income received helps to maintain the park’s excellent standards.
The park is open daily, 365 days a year, however the toilets and the car park don’t open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New YearsDay.
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.
Rushcliffe Country Park is one of the best in the country. In July 2011 the park received its fifth 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.