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Rushcliffe Country Park

About the park‎

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.‌

Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park

A huge amount of the work on the park is done with the assistance of our ‘Friends’ group. You can follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with Park news, events and information on current projects and works taking place.

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If you are interested in participating in practical and conservation work and learning or sharing your knowledge about wildlife, why not join the Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park. Visit the Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park (link to or contact the Country Park Rangers on 0115 921 5865.

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The park is open 365 days a year.

Please note that the Visitor Centre and public toilets in the log cabin building will be closed and the Ranger service not available Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Access to some of the composting toilets will still be available during Christmas and New Year.

The car park opens every morning at 8am and will be locked at closing time:

  • 4pm from November – February
  • 6pm from March - October.

However, the park is still accessible outside of these times via the pedestrian access points.


Access to the park is free.

The County Park has a visitor’s car park and for just £1, you can park for your whole visit (up to a full day).

The parking charge helps fund park maintenance, improve the quality of the car park and increase the number of parking spaces for visitors.  If you regularly come to the park, you may be interested in an annual season ticket (parking pass) - to purchase one, apply online on the Broxtowe Borough Council website.

Disabled Access

The park is accessible to wheelchair users via the car park entrance or from Barleylands in Ruddington. The paths around the lake are flat, with minor slopes around the rest of the Country Park. There are toilets with disabled access.

Out of park opening hours, the access gates outside the Rangers office, at Barleylands, on The Avenue and at the far end of the Car Park can be opened with a National Key Scheme (NKS) RADAR key. These are the same keys that open disabled access toilets elsewhere. Please lock the gate behind you.


Activities and Events

Upcoming Activities and Events:

Events over the next three months

Regular events and activities at the Country Park – every month at the park.

Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club Training, Saturday 24 February 1.30-3.30pm

Training event for the NOC, expect muddy folks dashing around the park!

Rushcliffe Athletic Club - Children's Cross Country, Sunday 25 February 9am-1pm

Rushcliffe Athletic Club will be running a Children's Cross Country course round the Kite Field and Ladybird Trail.

Bombs to Butterflies 20th Anniversary Talk, Wednesday 28 February 1.30- 2.30pm

In 1998 The Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park were formed with just 6 members.
Anyone who is interested in seeing how The Friends has grown in numbers and helped develop the park over the last 20 years are invited to a talk - Bombs to Butterflies – which will be taking place on February 28th 2018 at 1.30 pm in the classroom. We look forward to seeing you

Rushcliffe 10k, 5k & Fun Run, Sunday 4 March 9.30am-1pm

Entries for Rushcliffe 10k, 5k and Fun Run are now open! The event is held in the beautiful Rushcliffe Country Park, Nottinghamshire. This year we have introduced the new 5k route to add to the fun. A popular all round event with the 10k regularly selling out, so book early to avoid disappointment at

Wildlife Watch Group - Myths & Monsters, Saturday 10 March 11am-1pm

Establish who has the wildest tales in the woods. Can you wander with wizards or tickle a troll?

Wildlife activities and games provided by Wildlife Trust Volunteers.
If you’re between 8 and 13 and fancy joining in why not come along? Younger children will need to be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the session. A small charge is made to support the running of the group. 11am at the Visitor Centre.

VICTA Charity Cake Sale, Sunday 11 March 8.30am-3.30pm

Charity cake sale in aid of VICTA at the Visitor Centre. This is a charity that supports children and families with visual impairments. For information on this charity's work see

Rushcliffe Schools Sport Partnership - X-Country Relays, Thursay 15 March 12pm-3pm

South Nottinghamshire Academy plays host to the Rushcliffe School Sport Partnership. The Partnerships works collaboratively with all Primary, Secondary and Special Schools in Rushcliffe to deliver the Sainsburys School Games Programme and promotes excellence in PE and School Sport.

Stroke Association Resolution Run, Sunday 18 March 11am-4pm

What’s your resolution? Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds, aiming to be a bit healthier or just looking for something fun to do with friends, we can help.

Join Stroke Association for this fantastic 5k/10k at Rushcliffe Country Park in Nottingham on Sunday 18 March 2018. The run will begin at 11am.

Find out more and sign up at

BAPS Annual Charity 10k Challenge, Sunday 8 April 11.30am-2.30pm

The charity Challenge organised by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) brings together thousands of enthusiastic participants from towns and cities across the UK for a fun and healthy way to raise money for various worthy causes and local charities. for informatoi on their work go to

Wildlife Watch Group - Wiggly Worm Squirm, Saturday 14 April 11am-1pm

Charm a worm and see if you can saddle it. What’s in a worm cast? Come and peer into a wormhole.

Wildlife activities and games provided by Wildlife Trust Volunteers.
If you’re between 8 and 13 and fancy joining in why not come along? Younger children will need to be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the session. A small charge is made to support the running of the group. 11am at the Visitor Centre.

Charity Teas Fundraiser, Sunday 22 April 9am -3pm

Hot and cold drinks and cakes available in the Visitor Centre

Rushcliffe Schools Sport Partnership - Orienteering, Thursay 26 April 3pm-6pm

South Nottinghamshire Academy plays host to the Rushcliffe School Sport Partnership. The Partnerships works collaboratively with all Primary, Secondary and Special Schools in Rushcliffe to deliver the Sainsburys School Games Programme and promotes excellence in PE and School Sport.

Save the Children Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Walk, Saturday 28 April 11.30am-5.30pm

Bring your wellies and come and join in Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk in aid of Save the Children, 11.30pm to 5.30pm at Rushcliffe Country Park.
Suggested entry donation £1.00 per child - adults are free. Certificates will be awarded to all children completing the walk.
Refreshments will be served in the Education Room and there will be a Toy Stall and Tombola.

Cancer Research UK Bark for Life, Sunday 20 May 10am-3pm

The Bark for Life returns to the Country Park yet again. An excellent event for dogs and their owners every time. Charity Walk, contests, stalls and the most fun you can have on four paws.
Sign up now at

Chalfield Dog Show, Sunday 17 June 10am-3pm

Chalfield Dog Club ( will be holding their annual Dog Show Sunday 17th June at Rushcliffe Country Park. Come along and have a look, there’ll be some of the most beautiful and best behaved examples of ‘man’s best friend’ on display.
Keep an eye out for the Chalfield Charity Dog Show at the end of July when your own beloved mutt will be given the chance to strut their stuff.

Holme Pierrepont Running Club Grand Prix, Tuesday 26 June 4.30-8pm

HPP running club will be starting their annual ‘Grand Prix’ at the Country Park as usual.
Up to 500 runners will be tackling a 4 mile course and raising money for charity too.

Chalfield Charity Dog Show, Sunday 29 June 10am-3pm

Chalfield Dog Training Club’s annual charity dog show is being held on the Kite Field as usual.
There’ll be fun categories to enter your own prized pooch in and dog related stalls from 10 am. Spectators are welcome.

Regular Exercise Classes


Exercise classes in the open air using lightweight kettlebells for fitness, body transformation and toning with a fully qualified instructor.

Every Tuesday at 9.30am – to book or for more information contact Lisa on 07872 615538 or at


Fitness class for mums and babies – Classes run Monday mornings at the Park. See or contact for details and to book. See here for further information.

If you would like to be kept updated with activities and events on the park send an email to with the subject ‘Mailing List’.

Notts Adventure Bootcamp

Fun, group-based, bootcamp style, circuit training led by qualified fitness instructors. All fitness levels welcome.

Starting Wednesday 8 March 2017, 10-11am and 6-7pm.

For more information call 07542 945 660 or visit

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.

Every Monday at 1.30pm – for more information contact Graham on 07713 948 833, email or visit

Tai Chi in the Park 

Come along and join in our popular classes - held most Tuesday afternoons throughout the year only £3/class.

Suitable for learners and improvers, can be done seated or standing. For more information please contact the Rangers Office 0115 921 5865


Hiring Park Facilities and Educational Activities

Please see our RCP facility hire booklet for details of how to hire our room, open spaces and activities at the Country Park.

Bookings for Schools and Organised Groups

Contact us to arrange activities for organised groups be aware that Pond Dipping & Mini Beast Hunting are only available during the Summer Term.

Please note that due to low staff availability and the popularity of the Park, we are no longer able to offer Ranger-led activities to private parties.

Why not give our friends at 'Muddy Feet' a call and see if they can help. Visit or call Fran Groombridge on 07990 626 025 for more information.

Please let us know if you are a large group visiting the park even if you are not booking anything with us. This will help us ensure your activities don’t clash with other groups or works on the park.

RCP play area



Play area

‌Rushcliffe Country Park has a large, well equipped play area with a medieval city – 8m tall, railway-themed play equipment associated with the Transport Heritage Centre next door, large sandpit area, plus the usual swings, slides and roundabouts. 

The park is a very popular facility and, when it was refurbished in 2014, we asked parents and kids what they wanted to see - which is why it's such a hit.




Dogs at Rushcliffe Country Park 

Well behaved dogs are welcome to visit Rushcliffe Country Park but we do ask their owners keep them under control and pick up after them.

Free poop scoop bags are available at the Ranger’s Office or can be purchased there at £1 for 50 strong bags. There are plenty of dog bins around the park and you are free to use litter bins to dispose of bagged dog waste.

Certain areas of the park – the car park, lakeside and play areas – are dogs on leads zones and we ask that dogs are kept out of fully fenced woodlands.

This map shows the areas where dogs can run free and those where they must be on a lead.‌


Copper's Dog Activity Trail

While you and your four legged friend are here don’t forget to visit our Dog Activity Trail. ‌

The trail is in a fenced and gated area and features a variety of obstacles and activities to entertain your dog. Please read and follow all instructions on the trail for everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

The Trail is open and free for members of the public to use at any time.



Running at the Park

Rushcliffe Country Park is very popular with runners - being mostly flat with well maintained footpaths.

A 5/10 km route is way-marked around the park – Rushcliffe 10k Map.

A timed 5 km parkrun is held at 9am every Saturday – register here.

A timed 2 km junior parkrun is held every Sunday 9am - register here.

Please consider other park users when running here.


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.

A list of species recorded to date at Rushcliffe Country Park



The Country Park and it’s wildlife is protected by a number of byelaws, all of which are legally enforceable.

Offenses against these byelaws are liable to a fine. The items listed below are not a full list but are something visitors should be aware of when at the Park.

Horse Riding

No bridleways exist in the Country Park so the riding of horses is not permitted in any area.

Model Aircraft

Power driven, model aircraft of any type are not permitted to be flown in any part of the Country Park. Drones are not allowed on the park either.

Fishing and Hunting

All wildlife on the Country Park is protected so fishing, trapping or hunting of any description is not permitted in any area.


Dogs must be kept on leads when requested or whilst in the areas defined as such at the Country Park. Dogs must be under control in all areas of the Park.

Dog fouling must be immediately cleaned up in all areas of the Country Park and dog owners must have a method of doing this.


Green Flag

Rushcliffe Country Park is one of the best in the country. In July 2016 the park received its tenth 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.

Natural England Accredited

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2017

Tripadvisor 2017 Award

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2016


Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2015


Nottingham Local Favourite 2015

Contact Us

Contact Us

Rushcliffe Country Park
Rushcliffe Borough Council

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Rushcliffe Country Park
Mere Way,
Loughborough Road,
NG11 6JS

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