Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Park in the Juniper car park (not the first one you come to on entry) to avoid a steep walk uphill to the adventure play area.
Explore the great outdoors in this superb country park, which is brilliantly set up for families.
* Discover the huge adventure play area (adjacent to Juniper car park)
* Explore the park on one of three clearly way marked walking trails or
one of the exhilarating mountain bike trails
* Challenge yourself on the military style assault course - monkey bars,
rope swing, tyre obstacle and scramble nets (participants must be over
* Guide your four legged friend through the obstacles on the dog activity
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Gravel Hill, Waterlooville, PO8 0QE
Pay on exit (by cash or card). Charges: Up to 1 hour £2.20, up to 2 hours £3.50, up to 4 hours £5. Full day £6.
Choose one of three clearly way marked walking trails - Short woodland trail (3km,1.9 miles), Long woodland trail (8km, 5 miles), Downland trail (2.7km, 1.7 miles)
8am - 8pm daily (Mar-Oct), 8am - 6pm (Nov-Feb)
The three way marked walks are along surfaced trails which are suitable for mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs. During extended periods of wet weather the trails can become muddy and waterlogged in places. We therefore advise calling in to the Visitor Centre upon arrival to determine the best route to follow that day. Accessible toilets can be found adjacent to the Visitor Centre and close to the Juniper car park.
There are two play areas to discover at QECP. The Adventure Play Trail (located near the Juniper car park) is huge, comprising a mix of wooden obstacles, dens and forts. Our daughter (6) loved playing here and could do most obstacles without assistance. A snack kiosk (cash only) is located in this area; selling a small selection of snacks and drinks. Alternatively, the animal themed Tots Play Area, located close to the Visitor Centre, is aimed at younger children (under 8's).
The assault course (for those over 1.4 m tall) is also located close to the Juniper car park. The course is suitable for beginners as well as those who are more experienced.
There are two cycling trails at QECP which are clearly way marked. The Intermediate mountain bike trail (6 km, blue route) and the Advanced mountain bike trail (7 km, red route). Whilst bikes cannot be hired at QECP, the Visitor Centre stocks a range of cycling essentials - including inner tubes and puncture repair kits.
The Visitor Centre houses a modern cafe, with indoor and outdoor seating. Reasonably priced hot and cold meals and snacks are served daily (10am - 4.30pm). Alternatively, bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the picnic tables dotted around the park.
Dogs are welcome to explore QECP and may be exercised off-lead. Well behaved dogs are allowed in the Visitor Centre and cafe.