A 2 mile circular walk around California Country Park in Berkshire. The park covers 100 acres and comprises lowland heath, bogland, a lake, a play area with paddling pool and a cafe. The park was originally opened in 1931 as an amusement park and zoo called California in England, the name California being taken from an old local brickworks. Over the years the site has housed a circus, miniature railway, speedway track and holiday camp. Today, the site is managed by Wokingham Borough Council for leisure and wildlife.
The route is relatively flat although some of the paths can be very muddy after rain and in the winter months, so good boots are a must at all times except after long dry summer spells. There are several kissing gates on route plus sections of boardwalk. Cattle can be grazing one small area of the park for conservation of the heath. There is a cafe alongside the car park at the start of the walk. Allow 1 hour.
California Country Park can be found at the western end of Nine Mile Ride, and is situated about half way between Wokingham and Finchampstead. The entrance lane is marked with a brown tourism site, about half a mile west of the double mini-roundabout at the Wick Hill/California junction. Park in the pay and display car park directly alongside the cafe (or if this is full use the overflow car park and return to the cafe to start the walk). Approximate post code RG40 4HT.
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