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Southern Country Park

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Large Green Flag Park in Bishop's Stortford, 23ha with 10 Points of Interest

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Car Park

Car Park

Free car park with ??? spaces including ?? disabled bays.

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Dog Agility Area

Interactive Activity

A special dog agility course to test your skills

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Fishing is allowed on the main lake from designated fishing platforms only

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Water Habitat

The main lake and reedbed are a haven for wildlife with birds, minibeasts and fish all living here.

As well as the resident ducks, water rail can occasionally be found and more commonly herons, with reed and sedge warblers visiting in the summer. Look out for the dragonflies and damselflies hunting for food above the water.

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Play Area


Exciting play area containing;-




Dogs are not permitted in the play area

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Park Information

Come and discover Southern Country Park, an award-winning Green Flag Park which has something for everyone. You can enjoy a gentle stroll around the park, join a health walk or, if you are feeling more adventurous, why not have a go at orienteering? The large grassy area is the ideal place for kite flying and ball games, with an exciting play area nearby.

Dogs are welcome in most parts of the park as long as they are kept under control. How about testing your pet's skills on the dog agility course? A trip across the boardwalk gives you a chance to get up close to the wetland wildlife that lives in the Reedbed and lake. Look out for dragonflies and damselflies hunting for food above the water during the summer months. Between June and August, the chalk banks become ablaze with wildflowers and alive with bees, hoverflies and butterflies. You can also fish from the designated fishing platforms on the main lake.

The park has several distinct areas, with the balancing pond for fishing and duck feeding, the enclosed picnic area and large grassed areas for informal play and kite flying, plus an exciting older children's play area adjacent to the car park off Thorley Lane East.  There are also a wide variety of wildlife habitats and features such as woodland, grazing areas, chalk banks, informal play spaces, streams and a small natural pond.

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On Site Facilities

  • Car Park (Free)Car Park (Free) icon
  • Disabled AccessDisabled Access icon
  • Dog Free AreaDog Free Area icon
  • Dogs WelcomeDogs Welcome icon
  • Pushchair Friendly PathsPushchair Friendly Paths icon

How to get here


Free car parking available. Car park entrance off Thorley Lane East, Bishops Stortford, CM23 4BH.  Directions here

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