I am sure you know every inch of your Uni accommodation rooms by now, for it was the only thing that kept you company during the past couple of very tough months. We have already listed our top 10 picks of parks from the West Midlands. As the warm sunny months approaches, for those of you in the East, we have made a list of the top 10 parks you can hang out in your area. So, pack some sandwiches and go bask in the sun!
1. Darley Park
Located in River Derwent at the gateway to the World Heritage Site, this beautiful park is situated within walking distance of the city center. If you need a peaceful escape from that suffocating city life, Darley Park is the best place to be. Beautiful gardens, wildlife and nature reserves, sports facilities, cafes, clubs, volunteer groups etc. are some of the incredible facilities available here. It also hosts numerous events throughout the year including the classical Darley Park Concert.
Located: Darley Park, Darley Park Road, Derby, DE22 1DA
2. Natureland Seal Sanctuary
Who doesn’t love a wildlife sanctuary? Best known for rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned and injured seal pups that are stranded on Lincolnshire beaches, the Natureland Seal Sanctuary is definitely one of a kind. It was awarded “Best Skegness Attraction in 2015″ and “Best Business 2015” by the Skegness Partnership in November 2015. Other than those cute seal pups, you can also spend time with penguins, meerkats, alpacas, tropical birds and exotic butterflies. There is also a pet’s corner, an aquarium, a tropical house, koi carp pool, animal brass rubbing, gift shops and refreshments available across the sanctuary.
Located in: Edwinstowe, Mansfield NG21 9JL
3. Markeaton Park
This is Derby’s most visited park and one of the most popular attractions in the East Midlands. The park’s history can be traced back to the medieval period when it was first laid out. Since then, the park has gone through numerous changes. From the arable fields to an enclosed designed 18th century park and hall and towards the beginning of the 20th century, it turned into the park we know and love today. Ancient trees, historic lost roads, old arable field patterns, 18th century park and buildings, remains of a second world war army camp are some of the best features here. So those of you history nuts make sure to visit Markeaton park.
Located in: Mundy Play Centre, Markeaton Ln, Derby DE22 4AA
4. Poole’s Cavern & Buxton Country Park
This 45-minute journey through chambers once used as shelter and worship by prehistoric roman visitors is one of the most spectacular natural caverns in the Peak District. You can explore those cathedrals sized main chambers carved from limestone by an ancient river and follow safe and accessible walkways through beautifully illuminated passages to the deep underground. Poole’s Cavern is famous for the spectacular and unique crystal formations including the longest stalactite formation in the region. You can also view archaeological discoveries from the cavern in the exhibition and also browse through their rock and gem shop.
Located: Green Ln, Buxton SK17 9DH
5. River Lathkill
This very secretive and shy watercourse that hides and disappears in places, is one of the prettiest of the Derbyshire Dales. It lies about 3 miles from Bakewell. The true source of the River Lathkill is said to be around the Knotlow area but it reaches above ground in the amazing Lathkill Head Cave about half a mile down from Monyash. You can also explore the nature reserve that contains several rare species of plants which includes the rare Jacobs Ladder. There are also a variety of insects, trees and animal life which includes Buzzards, Kestrels and even Goshawks.
Located: Peak District National Park, Derbyshire
Known for the river Dove and its impressive limestone ravines, Dovedale is one of the most iconic places to visit, especially its picturesque stepping stones. It is also famous for its isolated limestone hill, the Thorpe Cloud which is also known as a reef knoll. It is situated between the villages of Ilam and Thorpe and lies right on the border between Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Make sure to bring a good pair of walking boots if you are planning on walking to the top of the Thorpe Cloud. You can relax your way into the great wildlife and woodland. The surrounding countryside can help you escape the tiring city that you came from.
Located: England, Staffordshire, Derbyshire
7. Sherwood Pines
Walking trails, cycling trails, running trails, disc golfing, play areas, cafes, barbecues are some of the best features of Sherwood Pines. It is one of the well-known forests in the East Midlands famous for its forest Segway and Nordic walking. You can explore the trees on Go Ape’s famous zip wire and drop in to the Sherwood Pines Café after an adventurous walk in the forest.
Located in: Edwinstowe, Mansfield NG21 9JL
Now get out of those comfy blankets you have been cuddling up in and get out and blow out some steam!