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76) Cusworth Hall, Park & Gardens, Cusworth, Doncaster, DN5 7TU
Described as the jewel of Doncaster Cusworth Hall, park and gardens is in the village of Cusworth, South Yorkshire. Built in 1740 for William Wrightson the country estate is now a country house. - park and gardens. Set in acres of gardens, several lakes, woodland, and meadow.
During our visit we did 3.32 miles - though if you stay within the near grounds you will do less miles.
There are a number of cycle and farm lane and paths entering and leaving the grounds so if you wish you could add many more miles on.
Tarmac, hardened footpath, if you head further the out of the main estate (optional) then the paths are on grass, wood / forrest paths, and cycleways.
No steps (except one stone slab on an optional route extension) all gates are wide - a few bollards but sufficient gaps for all equipment.
The estate behind the main hall drops down to the lake's. Long sweeping slope down on good hardstanding paths, a challenge for manual wheelchair users to get back up- assistance will be needed unless your arms are very strong! Thankfully my Batec Electric made light work of the hills.
Facilities on site:
Ample free Blue Badge parking if you park in a disabled bay and display your badge. None Blue Badge car users have to pay and display a ticket , a few quid.
Good cafe with disabled and general toilets / baby change facilities.
The cafe has two indoor rooms - both accessible, one allows all dogs inside. There is a covered outdoor seating area too. Children's play area.
Dogs are permitted throughout the park.
During our visit we didn't visit the museum so I am n to able to write if any of it is accessible.
We parked near the Hall then headed down past the main hall into the Shrubbery Gardens- from here we explored the lakeside paths. The first two have good hardstanding paths - the third lake is on wood chipping and grass, quite muddy in places. We also explored some of the outlying area's, one optional path leads to a farmers bridge over a beck, caution NO SIDE PROTECTION! but wide enough for all users.
As you cross the bridge you have to negotiate a large stone slab that creates a 4 inch step form on the left rear wheelchair wheel! I needed a little hand to get over this safely. Capable off road mobility vehicles with 4 wheels would not likely have any problem getting over the slab.
What might you see?
All the common garden and lake wildlife inc Heron, Swans, Coote, Moorhen, Ducks, Geese, Woodpecker,
Nuthatch, Wren, Meadow Pipit, Larks, Buzzards, R Kites, Gulls, Kingfisher, Weasel, Stoat.
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