We decided to go for a walk around the deer park as we have a annual pass for the local Safari park and understood this to part of the price. It's a bit difficult to describe unless you have been there, but the layout for walkers is a complete nonsense. It forces you to use a couple of very specific and not well sign-posted or laid out paths across open fields which have no logical loop except one of about 4 miles.
We were with our young 5 year old, who after about two miles was a bit fed up and wanted to be carried. As we were only 500 years from the car park (across an open field), we decided to walk back directly alongside what is the entrance road (a small gravel track with a car every 5-10 minutes) with open verges into fields either side which you can walk along. We came to a wide bridge, which has pedestrian paths either side, but for some reason there are signs stating that we were not allowed to be use it (although cyclists could). Given the alternative route was a mile walk back around a lake simply to reach the other side of of this 20 yard bridge we crossed anyway.
On crossing this bridge we were confronted by a guy whose sole job appeared to be making sure nobody "strays" from the badly signed paths. He said we needed to get "special clearance". He didn't say it was dangerous, just that it wasn't allowed (bikes can travel over the bridge). There is no logical purpose for preventing pedestrians from using this pathway (he certainly offered non) and I am not a fan being told to do something for no reason other than just because it says so. It's quite clear that this guy just sits there all day to prevent people walking 50 yards across an specific area.
It left a real sour taste in the mouth and appears to symptomatic of the lack of hospitality and customer awareness of these kind of attractions. They should:
a) Make the pathways clearer and more logical for people to walk around.
b) Reduce the cost of entrance by getting rid of the staff whose current job appears to prevent people enjoying the park.
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