If you have kids or dogs this country park will be absolutely perfect for you! If you don’t you might still enjoy it – at least we did! Why especially for kids and dogs? There are huge fields where people let their dogs run free and play. For the kids there is an adventure playground and you can also do tree climbing. Well the tree climbing is not just for kids. I quite fancied doing it again to be honest. When I saw the playground many memories of my childhood came back. Where I grew up we had a huge adventure playground in a forest nearby and I remember that my parents took me there quite often on a Sunday. Good memories!!
Itchen Valley Country Park seems very structured and organised with all the attractions, car park and signposted walking routes but still enjoyable. I say still because I don’t like the too commercialised and organised parks.
We started off walking across some open fields having in mind to do the forest walk. I’m still not sure whether we did the correct walk but after passing the open fields and a lovely carved totem pole, we entered some woodlands and followed a nice and quiet path. Suddenly we had left all the kids and dog people behind.
It is still early in the year but the first spring flowers are out and it is getting warmer. In a couple of weeks time the forest floor will be covered with my favourite blue bells. It looks so nice! We might come back.
On the way out the forest back we passed an old Kiln that were used to produce bricks for Allington Manor and another carved totem pole. The design and style reminded me a lot on the carved wood pictures and sculptures that we’ve seen in the Holly Hill Park in Sarisbury Green.
Since we finished this walk a bit quicker than expected, we decided to continue with the meadow walk.
The meadow walk is not passable during winter or after long periods of rain. The meadows are regularly flooded by the Itchen River which we still could see but we finished our tour! Many little creeks are feeding the Itchen River and many little bridges help to get across the meadows.
It was a bit of a grey day but very enjoyable! I love to see that spring it’s finally on it’s way and I am still amazed by all those Primroses and Anemones. Wild Anemones are very rare where I grew up and I’ve never seen wild Primroses before and they are just a little bit colour after a fairly grey winter.
Find a map and official information here: Itchen Valley Country Park – Trail Guide