Northamptonshire country park wins award from TripAdvisor

Visitors to Irchester Country Park have heaped praise on the countryside attraction, earning it a Certificate of Excellence from a customer review website
Visitors to Irchester Country Park have heaped praise on the countryside attraction, earning it a Certificate of Excellence from a customer review website

Visitors to Irchester Country Park have heaped praise on the countryside attraction, earning it a Certificate of Excellence from a customer review website.

The TripAdvisor website awards the accolade to attractions that receive consistently great reviews on its forum.

One TripAdvisor reviewer posted: “I have lived near the park for several years and enjoy walking and running there.

“Well maintained trails, a kids play area, picnic area, good little cafe and a dog free meadow. An excellent local resource all year round.”

Another reviewer wrote: “The woods are perfect for kids to explore in safety whilst staying close to the walking track and the fun park has loads for all ages.”

The park, which is run by Northamptonshire County Council, was also praised for its narrow gauge railway, which is free to enter, the abundance of wildlife that can be spotted in the woods and the high wire adventure course which was introduced in 2009.

The accolade follows the news that a new heritage trail is to be created at the park as part of an £89,000 scheme to protect and develop the site of the former ironstone quarry.

Cllr Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “This is a well-deserved award for Irchester Country Park, which is a fantastic resource for families, dog walkers, cyclists, walkers and nature enthusiasts.

“As a council we are incredibly proud of our country parks and the team of rangers and volunteers who work so hard to maintain them.

“It’s fantastic that Irchester Country Park has been recognised with this Certificate of Excellence thanks to the great customer feedback it has received.

“I would encourage anyone who hasn’t visited the park to do so this summer and discover what makes it so great.”

Irchester is Northamptonshire’s most popular country park, attracting about 400,000 visits a year.

To find out more about Irchester Country Park, including information on forthcoming events, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/parks.