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Facilities at Itchen Valley Country Park

Water Meadow 

We have 440 acres of beautiful water meadows, woodland and meadows that , for the past 3 years, have been recognised by the award of a Green Flag.

There is a Visitor Centre with nature-based displays, a shop and toilets. There is also a Cafe for you to enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake after following one of our many waymarked trails around the Park.

Picnics are encouraged and there are many tables throughout the Park. There are two large permanent barbecue sites are available for hire for parties.

There is a charge for parking, although annual and seasonal (4 month) permits are available to purchase from the Visitor Centre.

Walking

A laminated copy of our Trail Guide can be purchased from the Visitor Centre for 60p. Alternatively, you may wish to download a copy of the Trail Guide yourself.

The Meadows Nature Trail is approximately 2 miles long and takes you around the historic SSSI Water Meadow where you can still make out the mounds that marked the man-made channels.

The Play Trail is a short walk for the children with play equipment for them to climb on. For a longer walk, try out 2-mile (approx)Totem Trail to try and find the four carved wooden totem poles in various locations around the park.

Our Woodland Nature Reserve is particularly stunning in the Spring when the bluebells are out in the coppiced areas. These are quickly followed by many different wild flowers for you to spot.

*Please note, the river and its banks are privately owned and there is no access to them.

Accessibility

Our 1-mile Forest Trail is accessible by all and an electric scooter is available to hire in the Visitor Centre if required. 

There is a wheelchair accessible toilet and the visitor centre, shop and cafe are all on ground-floor level.

A new "Feel for Nature" sensory audio tour has just been launched at the Park. For more details, please visit the Feel for Nature website

Children

In addition to the play trail, there are two play areas; a small one for the younger children near the visitor centre and a larger one for older children on High Hill Field.

Throughout the year you will find a number of activities for both children and adults so keep an eye on the events page. Pond dipping is available throughout the summer by hiring nets and trays from the Visitor Centre.

 

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