Bowthorpe Southern Park

(Last visited July 2020)

I’ve only ever been here in months where the marsh is a bit boggier and it’s been overcast, and it has subsequently seemed a bit ‘bleak’. Well I stand corrected – we had a walk that ended in my daughter saying “Mummy, I love nature” – WINNING!

There’s a small car park and we hugged the River Yare as we entered the park. We couldn’t believe how many dragonflies and damselflies there were. We stopped by the river for a picnic and watched the cows the other side of the river – everything was so lush!

We found a small woody area and had a play in there and looked in the two natural ponds too – we saw housemartins landing to collect mud for their nests. There’s a small shallow area great for paddling too, plus my daughter was delighted to see two foals playing (the land has horses grazing). It is possible to continue under the Tollgate Way bridge to Bowthorpe Marshes which is also good exploring territory, but the paths are narrower and scrubbier. The surface was good and flat (this time of year). I couldn’t work out if a pushchair would get through the kissing gates but Facebook followers assured me you could!

  • Length of walk: Ours was c.1.5 miles
  • Facilities: None
  • Play area: No
  • Cafe: No
  • Pushchair friendly: Yes but note there are kissing gates – some larger buggies might also struggle with a smaller kissing gate if going further under Tollgate Bridge
  • Dog friendly: Yes
  • Seats along walk: Yes
  • Picnic area: Not officially but we sat on the grass and had one
  • Opening times: Never closed
  • Entrance fee: No
  • Parking: Free – Three Score Rd, NR5 9HY (what3words ///
  • Other: Can get boggier and waterlogged in winter months or after heavy rain. Quite popular for locals

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