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Decoy Country Park, Newton Abbot

A Green Flag Award winning country park and local nature reserve on the edge of Newton Abbot.

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Decoy Country Park provides an opportunity to enjoy formal playing fields and a large children's play area with a water play feature. Other popular amenities include a lake supporting water sports activities and a deciduous woodland with a trim trail incorporated into it.

Decoy was once a clay quarry but now supports a wealth of wildlife, with the main habitats being ponds, streams, fen, wet woodland and heath woodland. Parts of the Country Park are either a County Wildlife Site (CWS) or a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Park provides opportunities for quiet countryside recreation such as walking, wildlife watching, duck feeding and picnics, with good wheelchair and pushchair access.  Educational facilities are provided at the Decoy Discovery Centre.

If you would like more information about the facilities at Decoy please contact the Decoy Countryside Ranger on 01626 215773 or e-mail simon.cunningham@teignbridge.gov.uk.


* Lake
* Large play area with water play feature
* BMX race track and dirt jumps
* Sailing/canoeing (private concession - Devon Windsurf & Canoe Centre)
* Fishing
* Sports pitches
* Trim trail
* Woodland walks
* Picnic benches
* Refreshment kiosk (weekends 10am-4pm)
* Wildlife Discovery Centre (seasonal)
* Car park
* Toilets

Wet Play Area - Opening Period

Open - Early May Bank Holiday
Close - End of September
The wet play opening period may be extended if weather permits

Facilities for Disabled People

* Disabled parking
* Disabled toilet (Radar key)
* The Blue Circular Trail around the lake  -  which is suitable for most wheelchairs, particularly if used in a clockwise direction to avoid the only uphill slope
* A tactile map with Braille text for people with visual handicaps
* An Electric Mobility Scooter - ring 01626 215773 or 01626 215853 to book


Get directions to Decoy
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Decoy Country Park
Red dot = main entrance
Grid ref. SX866 703
Nearest Postcode TQ12 1EB

Decoy Country Park is on the south-east edge of Newton Abbot and is 'brown-signed' on the Newton Abbot exit from the A380 Penn Inn roundabout; the main entrance is on Decoy Road.


By car - A pay & display car park is situated beyond the main entrance and has parking for 90 cars. Free car parking can be found off Coach Road, adjacent to the football pitches.

By bus - Local bus service No. 75 stops at the Park entrance and can be caught from Newton Abbot town centre. For more information on timetables visit www.traveline.info

By train - Newton Abbot train station is approximately half a mile from the Park. Train times can be found at www.traveline.info

By bicycle - The Park is within a 15 minute cycle ride from much of Newton Abbot. Bicycle racks can be found outside the children's play area.