The beautiful country park named one of the best for families

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It’s been a firm favourite with Berkshire families for years, but now Dinton Pastures has been named one of the best country parks in the UK.

The woodland, meadow and water activity centre made the grade for its range of “exciting activities complemented by stunning scenery” according to outdoor clothing brand Muddy Waters.

The 400-acre park at Hurst is run by Wokingham Borough Council and offers something for every family – from a relaxing lakeside stroll to paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking – as well as three places to stop for a coffee.

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And there is even a self-service shampoo and blow-dry Dog Wash near the car park so you don’t have to transport muddy pets home.

There are toilets suitable for less able visitors and free, pre-booked mobility scooters are available to take out once visitors have completed a brief test.

It’s also the place to head to if you fancy picking up a new skill. Dinton offers adult courses in power boating, dinghy sailing as well as paddleboarding.

Children aged six and over can have fun on Welly or Wild Days during school holidays where climbing, archery or survival skills are taught.

Teenagers can learn to sail during an intensive week programme during school holidays or on Saturdays.

The hub of the venue is the newly-opened Dinton Activity Centre where you can book activities or sit and relax with a coffee or snack.

Special events include open air cinema screenings and the Christmas Fair is scheduled for December 11 and 12, Covid dependent.

If you haven’t been, here’s what you are missing.

There’s 94 acres of lake where you can try



You can try a range of watersports including sailing at Dinton Activity Centre

  • Canoeing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Dingy sailing
  • Powerboating
  • Pedalo hire
  • Fishing (membership and/or permit required for areas of the lake).

On dry land, you can enjoy



Dinton Pastures Country Park play area is a must visit for families
Dinton Pastures Country Park play area is a must visit for families

  • the amazing tactile and sensory play park with secret hobbit holes, climbing logs and a storytelling area (no dogs allowed)
  • Disc golf – instead of hitting a ball into a hole, you throw a frisbee-style disc into a basket.
  • the 12m high static Climbing wall and High Ropes tower
  • the 30-point orienteering course
  • cycling
  • mini golf

You can refuel at

  • The DragonFly Cafe which has a log burner and an oak-framed Garden Room to keep you warm in winter. During the summer, there’s an outdoor seating area and picnic benches.
  • The Dinton Activity Centre Coffee Shop. Visitors can take away drinks, cakes and snacks and relax on the indoor and outdoor seating areas.
  • The Airstream Caravan which sells takeaway drinks and snacks.

How to get to Dinton Pastures



Dinton Pastures Country Park is perfect for a winter walk but remember to wear wellies
One of the lakes at Dinton Pastures Country Park where you can fish

– The nearest rail station is Winnersh and there are buses that drop off near the front gate.

If you’re travelling on public transport, you can plan your trip here:

https://www.myjourneywokingham.com

– Drivers should follow RG10 0TH on their sat navs. Parking charges apply from 6am until 10pm daily. Blue badge holders can park free.

Dinton Pastures parking charges

  • Up to 1 hour £1.65
  • 2 hours £3.30
  • 3 hours £4.95
  • All day £6.60

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