IMPORTANT NOTICE - COVID-19 UPDATE
The Country Park and its car park are open to visitors, but we would urge people to maintain at least a two-metre distance from others while visiting, and to avoid areas if they look too busy.
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.
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.
The play area and outside gym equipment at Daventry Country Park reopen on Saturday 4 July. Please read this guidance and ensure you follow the rules to help keep everyone safe while visiting the play area this summer.
- 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.
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 or download the activity sheets here.
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.
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 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.
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 others are more of a challenge! Goecaching is a great way to enjoy the Park and visit areas you may not have visited before!