Lily Hill Park in Bracknell is one of our favourite places to go for a family walk and adventure. The park is made up of 23 hectares of public open space which includes woodland areas, open green space, ponds, a boardwalk and sculptures plus plenty of wildlife and flowers. It’s also home to England’s longest picnic bench – carved from a single piece of wood.
We park in the North Car Park which is free of charge and can be found off Lily Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 2RX. Once parked we take either the path next to the noticeboard or the path down the steps and under The Green Man sculpture. The Green Man is a wonderful wooden carving and great for a photo opportunity. Both paths join together and then we take the path to the left sometime heading off the path up into the woods (depending on time) or following the path round the Eastern Meadow which is where you will find the giant picnic bench.
If you carry on this path you will also find a giant felled tree on the left, which my eldest loves to climb and jump off (supervised of course!) At the end of the path you will find two sculptures, one which is a wonderful calved section of a tree which you can climb through, the other is a story-telling throne.
We next follow the path keeping to the left between the rugby pitches. Sometimes you can see the tractors working on the pitches, so this always adds to the adventure if they are out working (obviously keep your eye of for them for safety!). Once past the rugby pitches we generally turn right as there is a fallen tree which has been made into a sculpture, it’s great for photos and more supervised climbing. Just be warned it’s quite slippy as its been climbed many times before.
If we don’t go right we keep to the left, especially around May time when the rhododendrons are out in bloom, this take you through lots of rhododendron bushes which are very colourful and wonderful to see. However, if we stay on the path where we went right by the fallen tree you can then walk over the boardwalk and pond which has newts in it.
We carry on along this path, heading right next. There is then a more formal garden / pond area, which in the summer is stunning with plenty of beautiful flowers. There is also a brick well at one corner of the pond in the garden if you look carefully. We then leave the formal garden area (you will have Lily Hill House on your left and Western Meadow on your right). We head along the footpath and turn left back up to the car park. Generally after a big run and play in the open space. There are plenty of other routes and walks to take and explore in the park. Click here for a map of the park.
It is very hard to tell you how long the walk is as we stop so many times along the way, but it’s a great place to get the family outdoors in the fresh air, exploring. You can make a walk as long or as short as you want so it’s good for little legs. We can visit the park for anything from an hour to three hours depending on the weather, how much we want to explore and if we take a picnic or not.
We often take the buggy on this walk, just be warned the boardwalk can be bumpy for a buggy but you can avoid the boardwalk and take an alternative route. Although the paths are well maintained, several are up hills, so we have found it’s not our ideal preference for scootering / bikes. The Look Out or Dorney Lake are good alternatives.
There is also a catering van called Ziggy’s which is based in the North Car Park, I am not 100% sure of the opening times but we went recently on a Sunday and it was open. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information.
We really enjoy our trips to Lily Hill Park and find the park differs each season as there are lots of different flowers in bloom in the spring and summer and it’s just as stunning in autumn as the trees leaves start changing colour.