2. Decoy Country Park, Newton Abbot
Decoy Country Park, A Green Flag award winning country park and local nature reserve on the edge of Newton Abbot, 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. Decoy country park is home to a weekly free ramblers wellbeing walk. There is a poetry trail which begins opposite the kiosk.
- pay and display car park with disabled parking
- toilets plus disabled toilet (radar key)
- lake (please note we do not allow radio-controlled boats on the lake)
- large play area with water play features
- BMX race track and dirt jumps
- sailing/canoeing (private concession - Devon Windsurf & Canoe Centre)
- fishing - apply for a fishing permit
- sports pitches
- trim trail
- woodland walks
- picnic benches
- refreshment kiosk
- free weekly wellbeing walk
- poetry trail
- Blue Circular Trail around the lake - 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 impairments
- available to hire - (hire our land)
Water features out of action
The Water Play feature at Decoy Park has been temporarily switched off, due to a recent failed sample from a routine water testing. We are carrying out further investigation and if needed any action to ensure the feature meets the required water quality standards before reopening. It is likely to take 2-3 weeks for testing results to be received which will mean the feature will not be reopened before the facility is scheduled to close for the season on 8 September.
With warm weather forecast and the August Bank Holiday ahead, we know this will cause disappointment for park users and families, but our priority is public safety, so we have had to take this precautionary measure to ensure this is maintained.