• Kate


Castle Hill Country Park is a 135 acre country park on former farmland to the north of the city, which opened to the public in 2018. It provides walks and views across to Old Sarum, the cathedral and Laverstock Downs. Due to its newness, the park is not the most fascinating place to visit, although it is perfect for dogs, as it even has a dog agility course.

A family and dogs walking through the park

The park is an area mostly of open grassland with easily accessible paths, and includes play areas for the kids and a multi gym area for the bigger kids. An off road bike track is in the process of being constructed in part of the park.

A small wooden climbing wall
Climbing wall for kids

Once fully established the park will feature coppiced woodland, downland, hedgerows, wildflower meadows, community supported agriculture, traditional orchards and wetland habitats. Skylarks in the Spring are a particular highlight.

A Nectar Flower mixture has been sown in an area near the Ford Road to provide a natural food source for butterflies and bumblebees, and a cover for birds. It has a World War Memorial Woodland which was planted in 2018, although it is currently little more than saplings in plastic sheaths.

The park is a wide open space of uneven grassland, surrounded by farm buildings, the airfield and housing estates, which does detract from its charm and impinge on its views.