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Things to do in Black Park

With over 500 acres to explore, there's always something to do in Black Park. With over 10 miles of well-surfaced tracks, you'll never be short of somewhere new to walk, run or cycle.

  • Children’s woodland adventure play area - free with equipment suitable for toddlers and younger children.
  • Cycling - with miles of tracks you can comfortably ride around Black Park.  Bikes are available to hire at Go Ape.  Black Park also forms part of the Beeches Cycleway; a 12-mile, signposted route joining Black Park, Stoke Common, Burnham Beeches and Dorney Lake.
  • Dog walking - well behaved dogs and responsible dog owners are welcome. Read the Good Dog Guide. Please respect the Dogs on leads and dog free areas. Please use the dog bins to maintain a clean, healthy park.
  • Duckpond Market - Last Sunday of every month, from 10am to 4pm in the Black Park car park. There are locally made arts and crafts, gifts, vintage items, homewares and clothing. Plus a tempting choice of locally made food, both ready to eat and to take home.
  • Fishing - Black Park Lake is a beautiful lake with fantastic fishing opportunities and iconic scenery. Fishing permits are required and rules apply.
  • Go Ape -  experience swinging from the trees, Segways, Tree Top Junior and hire bikes to ride through our beautiful park. Visit the Go Ape website.
  • Horse riding – bridle paths run through the park. We cannot accommodate horseboxes in the car parks.
  • Model boats – electric, sail and steam model boats are welcome to use the bottom area of the lake. No petrol boats or fast electric boats are permitted. Black Park Model Boat Club meet Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings. Wildlife have priority at all times.
  • Picnic areas – includes two dog free areas.  No fires or BBQs allowed.
  • Running – wide range of paths and tracks and are ideal for runners of all abilities. There is a 5km Park Run every Saturday at 9am (you must register online first). We also have marked 1 mile trails.
  • Walking – extensive forest paths and trails for walkers of all abilities with marked 1 mile trails. Join Simply Walk every Monday at 10am, meet in Black Park car park, to explore the park more, get fit and meet new friends.


Orienteering is competitive navigation on foot. Using a map and compass, competitors find their own way as accurately as they can between checkpoints using their skill to choose the best route.

Any combination is possible but we suggest 3 options for short (approx 1.5km, medium (approx 2.2km) and long (approx 4.5km). All courses start at the top end of the car park and finish near the play area by the cafe beside the lake. 

Packs containing a detailed map and instruction leaflet are available. These can be collected from The Visitor Centre for £1.50 each, ordered by telephone or orienteering packs can be bought online which costs £2 each including postage and packaging.  All money goes directly to the upkeep of our country parks.

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