Dinton Pastures Country Park – Berkshire

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  • Post last modified:November 15, 2020
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White Swan Lake at Dinton Pastures Country Park

Dinton Pastures Country Park, located in Berkshire in England is spread over 335 acres of assorted landscape.

The park has 7 lakes, 2 rivers and 3 public bird hides on offer and is adequate to keep you occupied with quality entertainment for a whole day or even more. The park is open daily and is only 40 miles drive from London.

Lakeside walk at Dinton Pastures Country Park

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The tranquil walk of Dinton Pastures is approximately 3 miles encircling the lakes. You will come across fantastic views across the lakes and your path will also take you via magnificent nests of swans. On a normal day you can expect to see many squirrels, birds and beautiful trees along the way. 

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Picnic spot at Dinton Pastures Country Park

Length of walk – 3 miles approx.
Time needed – 90 to 120 mins approx. 
Difficulty – Easy
Type of walk – by the lakes, riverside path.
Pets allowed – Dog friendly but are required to be on lead where requested by sign posts.
Public Facility – Cafes and public toilets are within easy reach.

Map of Dinton Pastures Country Park Lakes and the walk

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Other things to do at Dinton Pastures Country Park

Dinton Pastures Country Park run a variety of training and activity sessions for all age groups. This includes sailing sessions, wild sessions and also bespoke tuition and instructor led training for a variety of age groups.

The centre offers activities such as canoeing, sailing, rock climbing, and boat hire. Canoeing or Sailing is very popular at Dinton Pastures Country park as you can get spectacular views around the lake and row alongside the magnificent swans!

The Multi Activity Centre is a fully affiliated training centre working with the Royal Yachting Association and the Adventures Activities Licensing Authority. This means that you can expect to receive professional courses and qualifications in outdoor sports while having lots of fun too!

The centre also hosts corporate activities and team building events, junior courses, adult courses in many outdoor areas.

You can visit Wokingham Borough Council website for Dinton Pastures Country Park here for further details, prices and booking:
https://www.dinton-pastures.co.uk/adventurous-activities-courses-and-holiday-clubs/

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Boating at Dinton Pastures

You can go Canoeing, Sailing or Windsurfing for an active day out which is sure to get your blood pumping!

There are pedalos, paddleboards, canoes, single and double kayaks available to hire at Dinton Pastures.

Pedalos can accommodate up to 5 people andcost £21 per half hour slot. Please not that under 8s will have to directly supervised by an adult on the boat and anyone under 16 must supervised by an adult from the lake or ashore.

Fishing at Dinton Pastures Country Park

Please follow this link to find out details about the lakes and types of fish on our separate post Fishing in Dinton Pastures Country Park

Golf at Dinton Pastures

Wokingham Borough Council decided to close the 22 hectare Hurst Golf Course in 2014. Previously, you used to be able to just turn up and play without prior booking in the 9 hole course next to lakes and with beautiful lakeside walks. Golf clubs and buggies were also available to hire.

According to Wokingham Borough Council, the Hurst Golf Course was loosing upto £50,000 a year due to declining number of golfers. They have now decided to open up the area to wider visitors to the park. This was also on the back of an incident involving a woman being struck on the head by a golf ball and had to be hospitalised.

Since 2016, Dinton Pastures now operate a Disc Golf, which involves throwing a disc (a type of frisbee) from one hole to another (metal baskets) in as little throws as possible.

You can hire discs from the park and it will cost you £6 for a set of two.

Horse Riding at Dinton Pastures

You can also get access to the park for Horse Riding but you will need to apply for a permit from the local riding club. For details you can contact the park authority. Access is available through a permit system operated by the local riding club. Contact us for details

How to get to Dinton Pastures Country Park

Getting to Dinton Pastures Country park by car

If you are travelling by car, you can use the post code for your satnav / gps: RG10 0TH

Please note that the main car park can get quite busy in peak seasons, so you can use the Activity Centre Car Park post code as a backup.

Activity Centre Car park post code for Dinton Pastures – RG10 0SU

Getting to Dinton Pastures Country Park by Train

The nearest train station will be Winnersh, which is approximately 0.9 miles or 17 mins walk from Dinton Pastures Country park.

Winnersh is served by Southwest Railway and Great Western Railway so you can visit National Rail journey planner to play your route there:
https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Winnersh is approximately 1 hour 10 mins on train from London Waterloo.

Dinton Pastures Country Park Facilities

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A bench at Dinton Pastures Country Park

Cafes

The Dragonfly Cafe is Open from 8.30 a.m. every day throughout the year except for Christmas day. Closing times may vary depending on the seasons.

Disabled Access

There are several paths that are accessible by buggy and wheelchair and there is also a short way marked route suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs users. The park also offers mobility scooter hire service for which a short driving test is required to be completed.

Washroom and Toilets

There is a toilet with disabled access and baby changing facilities too.

Pet Friendly

The park welcomes Dogs and has sufficient waste points with bags and bins.

However, it should be noted that pet owners are requested to keep their dogs under watch and take extra care to ensure that the dogs don’t disturb the bird habitats along the banks of the lakes.

  



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