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“Summer break”

Rother Valley Country Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Wales
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Rother Valley Country Park consists of 750 acres of parkland. It includes areas of open water, grassland, woodland as well as footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes. A haven for wildlife, as well as a centre of excellence for education, water sports and other outdoor pursuits.
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Took the grandchildren here in the summer school break, £5.00 parking/entrance fee allows the kids to play in the park all day. Huge lakes area with a variety of activities to do however not cheap and not so suitable for their particular age group, would need to be accompanied on the obstacle course and paddle boards etc. Mini train (fee payable) takes you on a short ride up to the animals where you can purchase a bag of feed for them - these places know how to up the revenue and have the public pay to feed their animals (be careful of the llama it spits much to my husbands disgust) The area is huge with lots of places to picnic (highly recommend) and play ball games with the kids lots of people on cycles too which is a good way of getting around. I would recommend this place to families but take food and drink and activity stuff.

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

It's a lovely park but can be costly i.e. Parking and hiring cycles and it's a shame that you do have to pay £5.00 just to park a walk

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

I visited Rother Valley Country Park with my 7 year old step son to play footgolf. It was raining really hard but we had a fantastic time. The attendant was helpful, informative, and gave clear instructions as to what is expected of us. We played for about an hour and had great fun. I wouldn't recommend the sport to anyone with children younger than this age, but we had great fun. It was great value for money, and the parking was free.

Thank Tom T
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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

First impressions stick, for us this was being charged £5 to park by a grumpy attendant, then finding nowhere near the centre to park. There was plenty of space, but as there were no actual marked spaces cars were just abandoned everywhere taking up a lot of room.

The cafe served anythinf you wanted, as long as you wanted chips. To be fair, they were nice chips! But a bit more variety would be appreciated.

The paths are quite narrow in places considering how busy it is, so expect to get up close to bikes and wind up stepping in muddy/boggy grass to pass people. Also in other places the pathway is in fact a public road with little to slpo the traffic so I would be very wary of brining young kids.

There was a pair of events on the day we went: dog trials and a boat racing event. The dog trials were fun to watch, but they took up pretty much all the good green land. So much for anyone hoping to have a run around with the kids.

The boats were noisy and didn't seem to be doing the wildlife much good. It's certainly not something I would choose to watch, and in a place like this ruins any sense of peace or nature!

Whilst it's not awful, it just doesn't compare well to other similar places nearby. I would sooner visit these than revisit here.

Thank SummerJobber
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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We had not been before, but the weather was decent enough so we took a ride out there. Disappointing for me. First of all it's £5 to take your car in and park. It's not worth it. All we wanted was a walk and there are so many other options, Poolsbrook, Linacre Reservoirs, Holmebrook etc which offer the same experience. Places like Clumber, Ladybower or Carsington which charge similar amounts offer so much more. We had walked round the main lake slowly in 50 minutes and spent a little more time at the cafe and that was it. There appeared to be more to do in the summer (for additional charges), but much of that was closed. Stick to the marked paths because there is excrement everywhere in the grassy areas. The gents toilets stank, the cafe staff were taking in the outside seating an hour before its closing time, the so-called visitor centre was dismal. Not very welcoming. We wouldn't bother again because there are so many other better places in the area.

Thank PaulU561
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