Rushmere Country Park

**COVID-19 Updates** Updated 8/1/21

Rushmere Country Park remains OPEN: main car park Linslade Road open 9am - 5.30pm* (last entry 5pm). Pay £3 on exit using bank card (contactless or chip & pin), Greensand parking pass or coins. 

Limited parking also available at Stockgrove entrance 9am - 5.30pm* (last entry 5pm) - pay on exit with coins or Greensand parking pass only.

*the site may close early on occasions where access exceeds risk assessments 

Visitor centres at both entrances remain CLOSED.

While The Herons View Visitor Centre and Tree Tops Cafe remain CLOSED we do have visitor information available from the front of the building 9am - 5pm daily.

Times may vary depending on staff availability.

Toilets OPEN

Toilets OPEN with social distancing measures and more frequent cleaning (resulting in more frequent closure) in place, face masks must be worn in line with government guidance on confined indoor spaces (unless you are exempt) opening hours as follows:

Herons View Centre 9.00 – 5pm

Stockgrove Entrance 9.00 – 5pm

Catering Facilities

Both the Rushmere and Stockgrove hatches are OPEN offering a takeaway service with social distancing queuing in place - face masks must be worn (unless you are exempt).*

Rushmere Hatch open 9am–5pm*

Stockgrove cafe: open 9am – 5pm 

(*Opening times are subject to stock and staff availability which may at times require us to close outside the scheduled opening times); the Tree Tops Cafe remains CLOSED

Cycling

Free access trails into the park (BLUE on the park map) lead you to the visitor centre only.

The Ridge Riders Cross Country Trail (ORANGE on the park map) is OPEN for use with a Greensand Cycle Pass available online as an annual or daily option. 

The Ridge Riders Jump Area CLOSED from Wednesday 6 January as per latest government guidelines.

The Pump Track is OPEN, ideal for younger riders - no Greensand Pass required.

Please note our Ridge Riders Cross Country trail and Jump Area are aimed at more experienced mountain bikers and are not suitable for younger inexperienced riders.

Passes are only available to purchase on-line. No cash/card transactions for passes available on sites.

Social distancing essential!

Horse Riding

Due to current high visitor numbers at Rushmere Country Park we are currently not able to provide parking for horse boxes at the weekends - weekdays only. We apologise the any inconvenience - access to the park via bridleways is always available.

The horse box parking area is currently CLOSED to enable the ground to re-cover as it's too muddy for vehicles. Riders with horse boxes may use the car park - weekdays only. Horse riders using the trails are required to purchase a Greensand Horseriding Pass

The Longslade Lane car park in Aspley Woods is now OPEN with provision for horse box parking subject to space being available. 


Site Closures  

Adverse weather conditions such as snow and gales will result in closure for public safety

Our Ranger team monitors the Met Office weather warning system for weather conditions and will take any reasonable action to close sites to the public when the following make conditions hazardous:

  • Wind gust speeds exceed 42 mph/Force 7-8.
  • Snow (5 cm and above) and Ice.

If advance weather reports indicate that these conditions will exceed the above criteria, a decision may be made to close entrances until conditions improve and a Ranger has inspected the site.

Please note that it is not feasible to close all entrances to all sites, but we shall, as soon as is practical, close main entrances or identify the increased risk via this web page and via our social media channels.