Hartshill Hayes Country Park

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Hartshill Hayes Country Park

Hartshill Hayes Country Park
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Haley
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Feb 2021
Me and my family go to hartshill hayes country park every weekend and we all love it there. My dog doesn't like walking very much, but it is different when we take him there, he leaps out of the car and starts bounding to the enterance. his (and my) favourite part is the mini stream in the woods, he loves it. we let him off the lead once and he ran straight there, i thought we were to loose him, but all he wanted was a little sip of the fresh water. Hartshill Hayes makes me feel like i am in a fantasy land, guys, you HAVE to go!! (it is a great place for kids too).

One more thing, make sure you bring some change for the carpark (a little expensive: 2.50 pounds.

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Written February 24, 2021
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Veronica Davies
2 contributions
Apr 2020
This is a great place for the family, there is a children’s playground, there is a cafe and toilets on the weekend. It is clean and you can spend 2 or 3 hours wondering around. There is a car park that has a charge but the park is free. You can bring your dog.
Written April 9, 2020
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TheBandmaster
Nuneaton, UK379 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
I haven’t visited the park for a number of year’s so I was very pleasantly surprised.

Since I last went there they have added many more formal paths which make it accessible to parents with prams and those with accessibility needed. There are still paths that are very steep and muddy in the wet but there are far more that are weather proof.

It is a great place to visit especially with a dog.
Written February 23, 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. We do maintain the 'main' paths through the wood which are on promoted routes, but there are a lot of other 'informal' paths through the woodland which have been created by people dog walking etc., All we ask is that people respect the wildlife and the bluebells in the spring and not trample them. This is an ancient woodland, and as such we wish to try and keep it with as little formal paths as possible so people can enjoy nature in its natural state. There is little woodland in Warwickshire as a whole, which has public access, so this place is rather special.
Written February 24, 2020
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sgook
4 contributions
Aug 2020
Great place to explore with the kids and pets or even for a run. You can spend a good hour or two wandering and exploring. My son was very impressed when we stumbled across a ruined castle! The kids play area is great.
Written September 4, 2020
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Mark S
2 contributions
Fantastic for bike ridiing and mountain bike trails great vievvs lovely park great outdoor activities fot everybody something for everybody to do
Written April 23, 2014
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IanBrownUK
Puerto de Mogan, Spain113 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
An underrated Country Park in Warwickshire is Hartshill Hayes Country Park, found north of Nuneaton. Park Rangers close the carpark at sundown, however, nothing stops you parking outside. You can then walk through the woods and capture the wildlife, or enjoying a walk. During the summer months, the shop in the carpark is open selling a range of refreshments.

The country park comprises three distinct areas in total. Hartshill Hayes, or the Hayes, is an area of mixed woodland covering some forty-six Hectares. Then two Hectares known as Lawrence’s Wood. Hayes Common separates the two woods. The country park also straddles two Parishes, Lawrence’s Wood and Hayes Common lying in the Civil Parish of Oldbury, Warwickshire. The Hayes is in Hartshill Parish, near Nuneaton.
There’s two previously recorded archaeological features. A round barrow of Bronze Age date. Plus a motte attributed to the Medieval period and visible on Google Earth. To the side of the motte, and overlying its bailey, is the site of the former Manor House known as Hartshill Castle. Sadly, there is now nothing more than a pile of stones following its destruction in the late 1980s.

Hartshill Hayes Country Park is a mature wood existing since at least the Neolithic period. Slight dips of open seams of metallic stone is a treat for the Landscape Photographer. Its north-facing gradient works from the top of Hartshill at 514ft down to the floodplain of south Leicestershire at less than 128ft. It offers several light matrix’s that can range between low light to bright overhead sunshine.

This woodland is one of genuine beauty where you can take in the four seasons. Two freshwater springs lead to three mini waterfalls, one that has over 29 steps feeding a series of freshwater pools full of life. These form into a stream that flow into the River Anker.

Autumn brings a thick carpet of leaves with a cacophony of colours. Watch where you are putting your feet. There’s over a dozen types of fungi (mushroom and toadstools) in the lower reaches because of the perfect conditions. Remember, the fauna and flora are there for you to look and not touch. Any of the fungi can be dangerous as it takes a Mycologist (Fungus expert) to know what is safe to eat or not. If you want mushrooms, go to Tesco’s!

Winter brings out the stark beauty and haunting figures of bare trees planted by nature and not man’s hand. Inside the wood there’s three types of Dear, several breeds of Owls, Hawks and a Hen-hawk. These predators feed on the prey animals in such a deep dense natural wood.

Visit in spring and with the right timing and it will greet you with the most fabulous display of colour. Vast carpets of bluebells providing a fantastic photo opportunity of Medieval England’s flower emblem.

Summer gives the wood its chance to show its full splendour. A variety of wildlife scurry within its dappled light. Move into a quieter area to see many animals overlooked by hungry Buzzards catching the thermals as warm air rises over the range.

On the common between the two woods, you can sit on a bench and take in the view! Look north, north-east towards the Derbyshire Peaks, north, north-west to see as far as Uttoxeter or north-west and take in Shropshire. It’s the best place to enjoy a park that gets fewer visitors than others to the south or east of Coventry.

To the left of the common, there’s a second smaller wood. A reservoir to its south and a deep quarry further to its west mining the very minerals that have made Hartshill Hayes such a unique place. Photographers will seek the best location to catch the sunlight and waterfalls on the bare mineral rock. If you look carefully once you reach the south-west of the wood, you will stand in the centre of an Iron Age Hill Fort. Higher in the old named “Lawrence Wood” you will see the unusual geology, comprising a series of ribbons of different rocks exposed at the surface.

Whether you are a keen photographer, a walker, parents with kids you would like to experience getting down to nature or just someone looking for the peaceful atmosphere. Hartshill Hayes Country Park is the perfect place to visit. You can take one of the guided tours on offer from the Rangers or see various displays from stump carving to woodsmanship. Check the website or the Rangers Station in the carpark for booking details.
Written June 29, 2020
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Roy B
Nuneaton, UK10 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
Great location to stretch the legs out wonderful woodland walks with refreshment kiosk open at weekends and good sized play ground for the kids also very pet friendly parking is good and at £2. 00 a day very reasonable!!
Written October 18, 2016
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Elizabeth B
4 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
We live not far away, so go to the park quite regularly. We have a favorite circular walk of about 4.5 miles that includes the park, a nearby wood and a path along the canal. The view from the top is spectacular on a clear day, you can see a few counties.
Written October 18, 2016
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M C
Nuneaton, UK219 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
I have spent all my life so far in towns, so I am just starting out on walking in the countryside. I didn't even know things like this existed! A gentle stroll through woods and fields and farms and lanes. I found a walk that took me through the park and into a few parishes and back to the car. All in all I think about eight miles. I thought £2 for the official country park car park on a Sunday at the end of October was a bit steep, so I parked just outside in the approaching road for free. There are toilet facilities and when we got back to the car park there was a kiosk open selling snacks and sweets.
I downloaded walk instructions and apart from the beginning going off course it was east to follow and was well way marked.
This was the first time in about 40 years I had actually looked at, and read an OS map, but when we got lost in the woods at the beginning, it all came back!
Lovely way to spend a dry Sunday!
Written October 3, 2016
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We appreciate people coming in cars and paying for their parking, as all the money generated from this does actually go back into providing the wonderful facilities you have been able to use, and the continued maintenance and upkeep of this very special place. As a non-statutory council service, we are expected to become self-sufficient in the very near future, so without us generating this additional income, we would be looking at a very much reduced service.
Written November 29, 2016
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Jozef N
Atherstone, UK26 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
Hartshill Hayes is a country park on the edge of Hartshill near Atherstone. It's operated by Warwickshire county Council as one of their country parks. There's a pay and display car park which is £2 a day. In my opinion this is too expensive and should be a £1 charge. We're meant to be encouraging people into the great outdoors on a regular basis and on a regular basis this charge could be prohibitive. A yearly pass is available at an equally extortionate fee but you'd need one for each country park that you visit on a regular basis, for example Kingsbury Water Park. The Operating team argue that its comparable to other country parks and good value for what we get, however I know of better parks in other areas of the country where parking is a voluntary £1 charge.
Facilities include Toilets (clean,new), children's play area (well maintained), large outdoor table under a tiled roofed shelter, a cafe kiosk which is only open weekends and bank holidays 11 until 2.30, a visitor centre, signed walks through the parks, including a children's trail.
The site consists of two wooded areas separated with a grass bank that has picnic tables, benches and superb views over the Leicestershire flats. The large wood has an abundance of Bluebells at the edges during April , various fungi, flora and fauna at other times.
Hart means Stag in Olde English and deer can be seen in the park if you're lucky. Muntjac deer often spring out and surprise people. Squirrels live in the oak cops and when its quite will come out to play.
An array of paths lead you around the woods and its very easy for visitors to get disorientated, but the car park will always be at the top of the wood somewhere. Some paths are wide main well trodden paths, others are narrow winding hidden paths with steps.
There is wheel chair access (Radar Key-available from visitor centre) but as the whole site is on a hill you may struggle to get down in to the woods. Its not something I'd attempt, however the field has paths across it and people do wheel relatives across from the adjacent Nursing home to enjoy the views.
There is a very small stream that runs across the site, no lake, not really any water just a pond.
If you wanted to walk further you could walk down through the small wood, Lawrence Wood, across the fields to the canal, turn left along it, go just past the canal wharf, up the lane into Hartshill, past the pubs ( both pubs do food)and back to the bottom of the large wood which across the road from the Stag and Pheasant ( steps at the right side of the flats). There are stone sculptures at the Wharf, near the park and in the large wood in country park. The first is an abseiling Quarry man, part of a sculpture trail that was planned along the canal but never finished, the second is part of the North Arden Heritage Trail sub walk Also called the Quarryman's Way but is a circular walk rather than a linear canal walk and the third triangular seat in the large wood is part of the North Arden Heritage Trail and is made up of several tablets of stone carved by local people From Hartshill, Atherstone, Merevale and Baddesley depicting sites on the trail and local points of interest. The train on the Bridge depicts the coal train passing over the viaduct at Baddesley on its way from the pit.
The park has a few other features including a castle ruin at its bottom right corner. probably best seen from the road as it's privately owned and fenced off to stop vandalism. It is occasionally opened to groups of visitors though.
Very good because it has parking, toilets, covered seating during normal opening. It's only let down by the car parking charges and limited cafe hours.
Written May 28, 2014
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Thank you for your comprehensive review of our site. However, I would like to clarify the points about the charges. We do feel that the £2 to park all day charge is not excessive. We benchmark our charges against other Country Parks, and we have invested a lot of money recently at this site with the new toilets, kiosk, and shelter, and will be finishing off the courtyard area very soon. Our permits are great value, for example, the Hartshill permit equates to only 46p a week - that's great value for access to the Countryside and all the facilities of this site, and we have introduced 6 month permits, which enables visitors to save money and enjoy just the summer months. All the money generated from our charges goes back into providing these Country Parks, (which are non statutory), and we could not continue to operate without such additional income. We therefore appreciate the support of our visitors in paying for events and car parking alike, and enjoying refreshments.
Written June 3, 2014
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