Haverhill's East Town Park has approximately 50 acres of meadows and tree belts. Open all year round, the park boasts a children's play area, a maze and an easy access trail - this surfaced circular route allows people of reduced mobility to enjoy the delights the park has to offer, being suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs etc and includes a picnic table, seating areas and a viewing platform.
In East Meadow there are currently clumps of snowdrops pushing their way to the surface, and it won't be long before the nest building starts in the rookery, which houses around 100 nests and is increasing each year.
The Railway walk. located up the embankment of the disused Haverhill to Sudbury line is populated by scrub and larger trees but also offers food and shelter to a wide range of birds, animals, insects and plants, allowing local wildlife to thrive.
East Town Park has a children's play area, toilet, baby changing and parking facilities, picnic area and lots to explore. The Park centre is a converted stable block which is an attractive marriage of modernisation and rustic charm. Dogs are welcome and Rangers are available throughout the week.
The park is the start of the Haverhill Country Walks, a series of circular routes of up to 6.5 miles, east of Haverhill around the villages of Sturmer and Kedington. Regular events include guided walks and children's activities.
East Town Park received the Green Flag award in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. This is not achieved without a lot of hard work from the Countryside Centre Rangers and their band of volunteers! And newcomers are always welcome; meeting every Monday and Wednesday from 9.30am until 12.30pm, this friendly team carry out conservation tasks to keep the flora, fauna and wildlife of the park thriving.
If you fancy getting out into the fresh air, meeting new friends and getting some exercise that doesn't feel like exercise, you'll receive plenty of training, support and tea and biscuits for your trouble! Under 16's need to be accompanied by an adult and under 18's need written parental permission.
There are certainly worse places you could spend your time and get some exercise than in the beautiful surroundings of Haverhill's Country Park (like the gym!) so if you want to come along, and maybe bring the children, then find full details on our Events page.
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