Countryside Zone

The Countryside Trail lets you escape the hustle and bustle of the urban farm area and the core area of the Country Park. Exploring the 200 acres of countryside that makes up Dean Castle Country Park will help you to get away from the stresses of everyday life and allow you to enjoy and appreciate our natural world.

Our interactive trails will help you to look a bit closer at your surroundings or explore areas that you might not have been to before. These include a bird trail which encourages you to identify birds using their calls. Using MP3 players which can be hired from the Visitor Centre.  We also have GPS units for hire to help with the Dean Castle Country Park Geocaching Trail. Geocaching is a high tech treasure hunt game and if you haven’t tried it before, this is a great trail to give you the buzz.

We have also updated our orienteering trail for those of you who would like to learn more about reading maps and set up a photographers’ trail with hints and tips for taking great wildlife photos. A Sharing Nature Trail has also been established based on the principles of Earth Education to promote the natural world to young children. You can pick up more information about any of these trails at the Visitor Centre.

While exploring the countryside zone, look out for the wildlife that lives within and visits the Country Park. In the last year we have been delighted by the abundance of butterflies, wildflowers and birds that are seen regularly. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of our resident badgers, roe deer, otter and foxes. Don’t forget to let us know if you see anything interesting or unusual.

Contact Dean Castle on 01563 554743.