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A Hidden Treasure

Discover the riches within this unique country park.

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Rivers & Ponds, Woods & Wildlife

Enjoy the great outdoors with activities for all the family.

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Stretch Your Legs

Walks and trails from 1 to 8 miles start here.

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Visit the Mediaeval Town of Clare

Pick up the town trail and explore Clare's fascinating history.

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“…this country park has everything, swan and cygnets in its canal, a castle wall with an impressive view, an old railway with a cafe attached, lots of little walks and a hidden retreat. The more I visit it, the more I like it…”

Open 365 days a year with parking, onsite toilets, a café, Victorian railway buildings, the remains of a castle keep on a 60ft high motte overlooking the town, children’s play areas, trails, rivers and ponds and a part-time visitor centre.

Information boards tell the story of the railway and castle and the wildlife to be seen along the water’s edge.

The Park is the starting point for a number of walks from 1 to 8.5 miles and cycle routes, as well as the fascinating Clare town trail.  Further information is available from the visitor centre: printed maps and booklets are available from the visitor centre and café.

Dogs are very welcome in the Park and the café is dog friendly.

Why not visit us to find out more?


In and around Suffolk's most diverse country park...

Park Amenities

Like the little town beside which it nestles, Clare's country park punches above its weight.

Railway Heritage

Dr Beeching's axe fell on Clare station in the 1960s, but its Victorian railway buildings remain and its story is told in the Park's visitor centre.

The Castle Remains

Once home to one of the wealthiest families in England, the remains of Clare Castle are at the heart of the Park.

Walking

The dog friendly Park is a hub for walkers of all abilities.

While You're Here

Start at the visitor centre, pick up the fascinating town trail and find out everything there is to do here.

Venue Hire

The Victorian Goods Shed has a new life as a unique exhibition, meeting and reception venue.

Cycling

A selection of cycle routes from 20 to 50 miles begin and end at the Park, all recommended by local cyclists.

Park Events...

Saturday 15th January

Clare Castle Parkrun

Parkrun takes place in Clare Castle Country Park every Saturday at 9am, starting from near the car park. The 5km course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and

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Tuesday 18th January

Tuesday Walk

Join the 30 or so walkers who meet every Tuesday at the Old Goods Shed for a gentle 2 mile stroll around the Park and local footpaths, returning for a

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Latest Park News...

Offer to Donate Land

As part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022, David Byford has most generously offered to donate land to extend the Park.  The plot of roughly 4 acres is

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Chair of the Trust

At the end of this year Geoffrey Bray retires as chair of the charitable trust that was set up to manage the Park, after leading it from its early days. 

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We need the help of volunteers...

To run and improve the Park we need the help of volunteers to carry out a wide range of different activities. If you are willing to give up some of your time there is almost certainly something you can do that will be of real help and of interest to you. Find out more.

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