Doncaster has an extensive green infrastructure network, which includes large areas of accessible greenspace within both urban and rural settings. Whether you are seriously into bird watching or just fancy a breath of fresh air in beautiful scenery, Doncaster’s varied landscape supports some of the richest and rarest habitats in Britain, providing something for everyone to enjoy. Doncaster enjoys being home to several nature reserves and plenty of beautiful parks, green spaces and historic gardens that can be enjoyed all year round. We will give you a flavour of the nature reserves and parks we have to offer but be sure to consider them all when planning your visit.
If you are looking to explore our nature reserves, then you could start with Potteric Carr which is famed for its wetland birds. It has a network of paths enabling visitors to explore the mosaic of habitats and enjoy the stunning vistas. With excellent facilities including a tearoom & gift shop. Hatfield Moors is another favourite with locals and visitors alike. Visitors can explore one of the varied nature-brimming way-marked routes highlighting the stunning scenery. Picturesque Sprotbrough Flash is one of the richest wildlife sites in South Yorkshire. A mosaic of open water, wetland, woodland and limestone grassland, the site offers a year-round treat for wildlife enthusiasts. Walk or cycle along the Trans Pennine Trail, beside the River Don to where it meets the River Dearne, to take in its splendour.
As for parks, Sandall Park is one of our top parks in Doncaster. It is also a Green Flag Award winning park. The park is home to beautiful scenery including a large lake, a children’s play park and areas of wildflower and woodland with lots of wildlife and an on-site cafe. It is also home to the very popular Park Run every Saturday. We can’t talk about ‘Green Doncaster’ and not mention Gomde. A Buddhist retreat set in 180 acres of land, which lies within the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve. The Lindholme ‘island’, once only accessible by boat, can now be reached across the peatland via a one-mile single-track road. Gomde is highly recommended for day sessions or overnight stays, but booking is required. For more information, please visit gomde.uk.
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