Things to do at Daventry Country Park

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Daventry Country Park offers something for the whole family to enjoy - from strolls around the reservoir, to a fun-packed afternoon in the adventure playground. We also run a programme of great activities for children and families during the school holidays. 

Great activities you can enjoy at the park

Covid-19 Information

The Country Park is open to visitors, but members of the public must adhere to the social distancing rules and the national restrictions that are in place to ensure everyone's safety while visiting.

Our toilet facilities and the play area are both open as normal. The Reservoir Cafe is also open but for takeaways only.


The Adventure Playground

Daventry Country Park has an exciting adventure playground, with something for all ages. There is a castle-themed fort with slides, a net bridge, a climbing wall, a variety of swings, a spring-mounted jeep ride, a smaller fort for toddlers, and a zip wire among other items of equipment. Please note the zip wire is currently out-of-use.

Designed for children of all abilities, the play area features a range of inclusive activities, including a Glockenspiel play panel and talk tubes, a basket swing, and swings with inclusive seats with harnesses for children who have a limited ability to hold themselves upright.

PLEASE NOTE

Please read this guidance and ensure you follow the rules to help keep everyone safe while visiting the play area:

  • This is shared equipment and is used at your own risk.
  • The equipment is regularly checked for damage and wear and tear but it is not sanitised or disinfected. Please apply hand sanitiser before and after using equipment and encourage children to avoid touching their faces.
  • Please ensure children maintain a distance of 2 metres from others unless they are from the same household.
  • Children must only use items of equipment by themselves or with members of their own household. The only exception to this is the large fort, which is limited to a maximum of four children at any one time, so long as they maintain social distancing. Signs are in place to remind you of this.
  • Where appropriate please wipe equipment after use.
  • Don't stay too long on a piece of equipment - let others have a turn.
  • If the play area looks too busy, please go for a walk and come back when there are less people.
  • If you are wearing disposable PPE or using tissues or wipes, please take them home with you. Do not litter.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

 

Picnic Areas

There are several designated picnic areas and benches throughout the park, positioned to provide rest areas in peaceful locations or affording relaxing views of the park.


Circular and Nature Trails

Stroll along one of the parks three circular trails including the 2.5 mile Reservoir Walk, 1.5 mile Meadow Walk and 1 mile stroll. Routes are marked around the park and on the information maps available at the park entrance and outside the Rangers office. There is also a nature trail created with help from pupils at  Falconers Hill School and volunteers from Cummins which features six information boards dotted around the park. Pick up a map from the Visitor Centre


Fishing

The reservoir is open all year round and fishing is permitted from dawn to dusk. No night fishing is allowed at any time.  

Day tickets are available in advance from the Rangers office, and cost:

  • Adult £8 (up to two rods)
  • Concession £3 (up to two rods)
  • Junior £3 (one rod only)

Anglers must possess a valid Environment Agency rod licence. Anybody fishing over the age of 13 must have a current rod licence.  Obtaining a rod licence from the Environment Agency  

Download the rules for fishing at Daventry Country Park


Orienteering

Orienteering is a fun outdoor sport which involves finding the quickest route between control points using a special map to navigate. Participants must exercise their brain as well as their body to complete the course.

The courses, which have been designed by the Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club, include a 1.1km easy course and a 2.6km medium course. 

Maps cost £1 and are available from the café during opening hours or you can download an orienteering map for the park at British Orienteering

The Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club organises events in Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.


Fitness Equipment

A fitness trail is available in Northern Field consisting of eight pieces of gym equipment. The cardiovascular equipment includes a rowing machine, leg press, cross-rider, air walker, skier, cycle, body twist and horse rider. It is available for anyone to use for free (subject to age and specified restrictions).


Feed the ducks

The Park is home to many ducks and greedy geese who are always looking for some extra food from visitors. Packets of seed can be purchased from the Reservoir Café. Please ensure you dispose the packaging responsibly and do not litter the park or put wildlife at risk.


Watch the wildlife

Visitors can enjoy the parks wildlife at several quiet locations around the park, including a dedicated bird hide with disabled access. The park often sees many different specifies of wildlife passing through so you never know who you might see.


Walk the dog

The Park is a popular location for dogs to take their owners for a brisk stroll. We ask that all owners that any dog faeces should be picked up using a poop scoop bag and disposed of in one of the dog bin's located around the park. Please keep dogs under close control at all times within the park and on leads outside the visitors centre and café areas.

Please also be aware that sheep are currently grazing in the meadows at the Park as part of our ongoing conservation programme. The meadows provide fantastic grazing for the sheep, and allowing them to graze helps to improve the biodiversity of this area.

Please can we ask all dog walkers to ensure that their dogs are on leads and under control while walking near the sheep and in the meadows, and that all park users make sure they shut gates behind them. Find out more advice from the National Sheep Association here


Community Sensory Garden

The Daventry and District Disability Forum helped to develop the community sensory garden for all visitors to enjoy, incorporating a variety of plants and flowers to awaken the senses and an area of calm for reflection. Work in the sensory garden is on going with additional plants and equipment planned for the next few years.


Try Geocaching

Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache anywhere in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache. To learn more and start log onto www.geocaching.com

The cache sites are spread throughout the Park, some are easy finds close to pathways, while others are more of a challenge! Goecaching is a great way to enjoy the Park and visit areas you may not have visited before.