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Ryton Pools Country Park

Parks & Walks

Ryton Pools Country Park is situated about one mile south-west of the village of Ryton on Dunsmore. Covering 100 acres, the park is home to many different habitats of birds and other wildlife.

Ryton Pools Country Park

For a quick glimpse of what to expect, you can watch our video here!

Facilities at Ryton Pools Country Park:

Children's Play Areas
There are two play areas at Ryton Pools Country Park.

The Pirates Play Area by the Visitor Centre is suitable for 5-12 years old, and has a great selection of well-maintained equipment such as:

  • Pirate themed small climbing frame with tunnel and slides
  • Large boat themed multi play with rope climb and slide
  • 1 toddler swing
  • 1 junior swing
  • Double see saw
  • Wooden Boat
  • 2 Springers
  • Birds nest swing
  • Balance beam
  • Rope climb

The Foothills Adventure Play Area is suitable for older children and includes huge timber climbing structures which fits in well with its woodland surroundings. Scarily high, chunky and quirky in design – this exciting play area offers tricky challenges and conjures up a true sense of adventure:

  • Full support swing
  • Toddler swing
  • 2 junior swings
  • 2 springers
  • Large climbing frame with rope climb and fireman’s pole
  • Medium climbing frame with climbing wall and rickety bridges
  • 2 Rota plays
  • Birds nest swing
  • Snowboard springer
  • Zip wire
  • 2 slides
  • Tunnel
  • Rope climbing frame
  • Tubano drums

Children’s Wood
Children love building shelters! Children’s Wood is an area of woodland within the park set aside for them to do exactly that. A wealth of building materials in the form of cut branches are put there by the rangers to allow our younger visitors to enjoy taking part in this exciting activity.

The Cafe at Ryton Pools
The brand new Farmers Fayre in the Park is now open at Ryton Pools Country Park for breakfast rolls, crepes, toasties, cakes and more! Open every day 8am - 4pm. No need to book. Find out more here.

Picnic Areas at Ryton Pools
There is an abundance of picnic areas dotted all around Ryton Pools, and it is a perfect setting for a family picnic.

Toilets
Toilets are available with baby changing and disabled facilities. Open 9am to dusk.

Miniature Railway at Ryton Pools
Between April and the end of September, you can take a ride on the Miniature Railway on Sundays between 1 pm and 4 pm. The journey costs just £1 per passenger and lasts around 6 minutes.

Visitor centre
The Visitor Centre is located next to the main car park and is open every day. A selection of gifts, walking and cycling leaflets, books and toys can be found in the gift shop.

Orienteering
Come and try orienteering in the country parks, run or walk around using a large scale specially drawn map. All ages 5 – 85 are welcome, especially families. Bring a compass if you have one.

Cycling at Ryton Pools
There are miles of surfaced paths around the site which cyclists are permitted to use provided they proceed with caution and are aware that others may also be using the Park. A 16 mile Mountain Bike Trail starts from Ryton Pools Country Park. It uses public roads and bridleways, so the surface may be rough and muddy.

Opening Hours

  • January, November, December - 8am - 4pm
  • February - 8am - 5pm
  • March, October - 8am - 6pm
  • April, September - 8am - 7pm
  • May, June, July, August - 8am - 8pm

Parking at Ryton Pools

Parking charges apply at this country park. View the latest charges here.


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Opening Hours

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

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