Decoy Country Park – free things to do in Newton Abbot, Devon
We stumbled upon a real gem the other week – Decoy Country Park near Newton Abbot, Devon. It’s a free Devon day out with plenty to keep kids, adults and your four-legged friend happy too. Here’s all you need to know about Decoy Country Park:
Decoy was once a clay quarry owned by the Earls of Devon. The clay dug up here was used to make bricks, clay pipes, toilets and even tea sets made by Wedgewood. The pit closed in 1966 and the area was turned into a public park. Parts of the country park are now either a County Wildlife Site (CWS) or a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and supports a wealth of wildlife. It’s possible to spot swans, kingfishers, cormorants and great crested grebe around the lake.
Things to do at Decoy Country Park
- Grab a ball and have a game on the huge sports field
- Follow the paths winding around the lake, and play on fallen trees and trim trail equipment along the way. Dogs can be let off the lead in designated areas. Keep an eye out for the signs.
- Spend hours on Decoy Park Play Area, which has areas dedicated to kids aged one to 14-years-old.
- Bring your swimming costume and towels for the splash pad water park.
- Hire a kayak or canoe between May and the end of September.
- Have a picnic at one of the many picnic benches around the play area and lake.
- Bring your bike and test your cycling skills on the BMX track.
Handy things to know about Decoy Country Park
When is the splash pad open?
The Decoy Country Park splash pad wet play area is open from the early May Bank Holiday to the end of September. If the weather allows it may be open longer. Fingers crossed for an Indian summer!
Is Decoy Country Park dog-friendly?
Yes. Dogs are allowed off the lead in designated areas on the lake walk. Look out for the signs.
Can you fish in Decoy Lake?
Yes. Enquire at the rangers’ office for more information.
Parking at Decoy Country Park
There are pay and display machines for the car park, or you can pay by phone or the RingGo parking app. I use this app for a lot of Devon car parks. There is a small fee on top of the normal parking charge but it’s very convenient. Using the RingGo app parking costs 90p for two hours, £1.40 for four hours, and £1.90 for nine hours. Parking is free on Sundays.
There is a kiosk serving hot and cold drinks near the play park. It takes cash payments but not cards, so bring your pennies.
These are in the complex of buildings including the rangers’ office by the play park.
For more information about facilities, activities and events here see the Teignbridge District Council website.
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