Country Parks in Suffolk
There are a number of Country Parks in Suffolk that are all beautiful locations perfect for picnics, relaxing strolls, scenic jogging or fun - and free! - family days out.
The Suffolk Tourist Guide
is here to help you choose which one you want to visit - or rather, which one you want to visit first
Brandon Country Park in Suffolk
Bury Road, Brandon, IP27 0SU
Tel: 01842 810185
Brandon Country Park is rich in history and was once a privately-owned country house with extensive parkland. It is now open to the public where you can view the walled garden and ornamental plants, the lake, and the apple and fruit blossom in the orchard (an ideal location to have your picnic!). There are clear views from the lake of the country house, which is now a private nursing home.
The newly restored mausoleum is surrounded by the tall trees of the forest; an eerie experience!
There is a Tourist Information Point with lots of information about other local attractions, Interactive Interpretation Boards for visitors of all ages to learn about the history and wildlife of the park, and The Copper Beech tea room serves good quality local food and drink with picnic tables outside for sunnier days.
There are plenty of trails and walks around Brandon Country Park. There are surfaced paths around the main areas of the country park which are suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and those that are less mobile. There are also 3 coloured trails round the site and these are all detailed in the general country park leaflet available from the visitor centre.Visitor centre and shop:
The visitor centre at Brandon Country Park is open 7 days a week.Visitor centre opening times:
10.00am – 4.30pm April to October
10.00am – 3.30pm November to March
All the public toilets have the same opening hours as the Visitor Centre, the disabled toilet has a RADAR key.
Walking in Suffolk
Suffok is a beautiful county with lots to see and do, and what better way to get a sense of the place than walking through the open countryside and picturesque villages? Please click on the link above for more information.
Clare Castle Country Park in Suffolk
Malting Lane, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8NJ
Tel : 01787 277491
Located in the south of Clare
very close to the town centre, Clare Castle Country Park is a beautiful place to behold and visit
Within the park you will discover the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep that is set upon a 70ft high motte that overlooks the town. There are inner and outer baileys which are ideal areas for relaxation, games and picnics. The inner bailey also contains the former Clare railway station, which once operated for over 100 years.
There is a footpath that leads to the banks of the River Stour
. there are Information Boards show the various birds and water-life that can be seen along the waters' edge. A History Trail is also available that details the park's past to visitors, and a Nature Trail that passes the River Stour and the Railway.
The Visitor Centre, situated next to the car park, contains displays on the history of the castle, the railway and the natural environment.Clare County Park is open all year round, as is the car park, and entry is free.
Public Gardens in Suffolk
If you enjoy visiting Country Parks you will love Public Gardens! Suffolk has an array of breath-taking and relaxing gardens open for visitors to admire and explore, packed with both common and rare breeds of plants, flowers and trees. For full details please click on the link above.
Knettishall Heath Country Park in Suffolk
Knettishall Heath Country Park contains glorious heathland on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. It is surrounded by 375 acres of Breckland heath - for more information please see The Brecks in Suffolk
The park contains picnic areas, toilets and the start point for Peddars Way, Angles Way and the Icknield Way. The River Ouse is nearby, and this is the perfect place for short or long walks.
The country park is a "Site of Special Scientific Interest", with its unspoilt heath, grassland and intricate mosaic of acid and chalky soils. Heather, bracken and wavy hair grass grow on the sandy, acidic soils. Heath bedstraw is one of the commonest white flowered plants, contrasting with the yellow flowers of tormentil.
In summer, common lizards bask in open, sunny spots on the heath and skylarks sing above the gently swaying grasses. Foxglove and bramble grow under the shade of the tree canopy. You may be lucky enough to see roe and fallow deer in the woods. White admiral butterflies drink the nectar of the bramble flowers, while their caterpillars feed only on honeysuckle.
There is an information point in the car park showing a map of the site. A leaflet is also available that has information on forthcoming events. There is a car park nearby with a £1 charge for car parking. Well-controlled dogs are welcome, but leads are a must as wildlife is easily disturbed.The park is open all year round from 9am till dusk.
Cycling in Suffolk
Cycling is the perfect way to admire Suffolk whilst getting some great exercise, and many Country Parks welcome cyclists and have Cycling Trails available from their Visitor Centres. Please click on the link above for more information on Cycling in Suffolk, including cycling routes.
Exmoor ponies at Knettishall Heath
On the heath and meadows, you may see the herd of semi wild Exmoor ponies. These ponies are descended from Britain's natural wild pony of 130,000 years ago.
All Exmoor ponies have a similar colour and markings. Despite being small, the ponies are sturdy and hardy. Their thick coats insulate them against harsh weather. Their large teeth have adapted to biting tough plants. Regular grazing by the ponies helps prevent the invasion of scrub. Hebridean sheep are also used for grazing. These black, thick coated sheep are hardy and originate from the Scottish islands.
You may also be interested in reading the following - - RSPB SuffolkHorse Riding in SuffolkFishing in SuffolkKiddiwalks in Suffolk
Picnic Sites in Suffolk
Picnics are fantastic for families and those wanting to relax in nature. There are loads of beautiful sites to choose from - please click on the link above.
What is your favourite country Park in Suffolk? Maybe you have many! Please send us your reviews to firstname.lastname@example.org
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