Today we finally got over to Hunsbury Hill Country Park. I had heard it has a great play area but didn’t really know anything else about it.
Hunsbury Hill is an Iron Age hill fort and is located only 9 minutes from Northampton town centre. However, once within the country park, you could believe you are miles away from any town.
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parking at Hunsbury Hill Country Park…
Parking at the Country Park is free. The carpark isn’t massive and I expect it probably gets full in the Summer. The day we went was a drizzly day and there were about 10 other cars there. The carpark does get locked every evening so make sure you note the time if you’re there late in the day.
walking around the Country Park…
As soon as we unloaded the kids from the car, they headed straight for the train track! This was obviously unused as was not gated so it was cool to have a little look around. On the other side of the track was a fence that separated us from Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust. Will look at coming back to investigate this in the Summer (providing we are out of lockdown!). Apparently there is a museum in there and the boys were desperate to explore the old trains that were sitting around.
If you have a train fan in your house then Irchester Country Park is also great!
There is only one entrance into the country park. This leads you on a circular walk that is just 1.1 miles so manageable for the kids.
Along the main path were lots of hills that the boys loved climbing up. The trees weren’t too dense so it was easy enough to keep an eye on them.
As mentioned, it was a wet day that we visited so the ground was pretty muddy, I was glad I wore my wellies. The ground was fairly flat however there were a number of tree branches popping up along the way. I wouldn’t recommend a pram in Winter but should be fine in the Summer.
Hunsbury Hill park is also really popular with dog walkers.
Hunsbury Hill tree trail…
As you start your walk around the country park you will notice signs for a tree trail, created by friends of west Hunsbury parks. There are signs with QR codes that can give you info about the trees (if they haven’t been too damaged). The walk takes approximately 45 – 60 minutes.
There are maps and information available to download for adults and children on the Friends of West Hunsbury website.
playing at Hunsbury Country Park…
Just as you head into the country park, you will see a path turn off to the right into a large field. There you will see the play area. At first, we were disappointed as it looked like the equipment was only suitable for younger children. But as you venture closer you see the section for the older kids. There was a number of different climbing apparatus, some swings and a slide for the littlies.
All the equipment was well spaced, there were 2/3 benches and a massive grassed area. I definitely think we will come back in the Summer and bring a blanket and picnic for a long afternoon.
Along with the play equipment, my eldest (8) found a cool tree to climb. He then spent half an hour sitting in it observing everyone!
If you love a country park with a great play area, then make sure you check out my review of Daventry Country Park.
facilities at Hunsbury Hill Country Park…
In the middle of the play area was some exercise equipment.
At the end of the carpark, is a cafe called the Drovers Return. It wasn’t open on our visit, but after doing a quick google search it appears to have good reviews. There was a sign out the front of the cafe saying it is open every day. I think once out of lockdown and certainly, in Summer, they will return to normal trading.
The cafe also includes some toilets (in fact, it used to be the toilet block!)
The address for Hunsbury Hill Country Park is 30 Hunsbury Close, Northampton NN4 9UE
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