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2. Decoy Country Park, Newton Abbot

The wet play area is out of use for the remainder of the year due to Covid-19 precautions.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

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.


Decoy Country Park, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1EB


  • 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 (out of use at present due to Covid-19)
  • 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

Please note, the wet play area will be closed from 1 October until May 2019.

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