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Top Things For Families at Gedling Country Park

by BecSorby (follow)
Nottingham is a city surrounded by endless country parks to visit and explore. Gedling Country Park is a lovely day out for families with children, and there is lots to see and do for all ages.

If you are looking for a top trip with the kids that won't cost the earth, here's what's on for families at Gedling Country Park.

Visit the Children’s Play Area

The children's play area is one of the top areas in the borough and incorporating the park's mining heritage with a rustic mining tower slide, mining train and old pit grasslands. The park has a toddler area, complete with swings, slides, sandpit and a wheelchair accessible roundabout. The children's play area is located close to the Spring Lane car park and has a separate toddler's section with a sand pit and a wheel chair accessible roundabout.

There are toilets located in the Visitor Centre next to the café, which is only a short walk from the playground.

Image: Friends of Gedling Park Facebook page

Image: Friends of Gedling Park Facebook page

Take a walk with the pushchair

Gedling Country Park is a beautiful spot for a walk, and some of the paths are pushchair friendly. It's a great place to build up your fitness, as the walking tracks have different includes and distances.

Here is an overview of the four main walking tracks at Gedling Park:
Top Hard - 2.8km (1.75 miles) long with some steep inclines.
High Hazles - 1.4km (0.9 miles) with gentle slopes suitable for wheelchair users.
Main Bright - 2.7km (1.7 miles) of mainly easy paths but with a sharp slope at one point.
Low Hazles - at 5.7km (3.5 miles) it's the longest route with several steep parts. All routes are circular and are signposted at every junction.

Get on ya bike

Gedling Country Park is a fantastic spot for family biking and a place for the kids to get out the scooters and trikes. The main paths around the park are close to pavement quality, although some are hills. There is a reasonably long stretch of flat path near the Spring Lane entrance.

Have a picnic

Gedling Country Park has 240 acres of open space, meaning plenty of room for a picnic with the family or the kids! Take in the fresh air, the stunning views over the park and meet some local wildlife. There is a cafe onsite if you would rather someone else take care of the cooking and cleaning up.

Fly a kite

The park is one of the highest points in Nottinghamshire and it can get pretty windy up there! Pocket kites are available at some supermarkets and online for around £5.

Image: Friends of Gedling Park Facebook page

Feed the ducks

Take some bags of seed with you and feed the ducks, which can be found on the two lagoons near the Arnold Lane (old tip) entrance.

Spot the local wildlife

Be on the look out for the signs of Spring, or see how many of the park's 'mini beasts' you can see! There are lots of different types of birds, butterflies, wild flowers and trees to spot and you can download some resources from the website, also with some other resources here. You can also take the Butterfly Walk.

Take a trip to the Visitors Centre or Cafe

The Visitor Centre is now officially open. Cafe 1899 serves hot and cold drinks and a range of foods from breakfast to brunch. The centre is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, on Saturdays from 8:30am to 5pm and Sundays from 9am to 5pm.

For more family friendly activities in Nottingham, read on here.

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