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2. Decoy Country Park, Newton Abbot

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

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.

Location

Decoy Country Park, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1EB

Facilities

  • pay and display car park
  • toilets
  • 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
  • sports pitches
  • trim trail
  • woodland walks
  • picnic benches
  • refreshment kiosk 
  • seasonal Wildlife Discovery Centre

Wet play area

Open - 28 April 2017
Close - end of September
The wet play opening period may be extended if weather permits.

Cleaning and maintenance schedule

Please note, this facility will be unavailable from 7am to noon every Thursday.

Facilities for disabled people

  • disabled parking
  • disabled toilet (Radar key)
  • 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