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Ordnance Survey’s 100 biggest parks in Britain

With the summer holidays upon us and a heatwave showing no signs of letting up, Ordnance Survey (OS) has revealed the 100 biggest public parks in Britain.

19 July 2018

The list, which covers England, Scotland and Wales, was created after a study of OS Open Greenspace Data. Its publication coincides with Love Parks Week, an annual initiative encouraging people to get outside and enjoy their favourite parks or visit somewhere new.

Added together the size of the top 100 public parks (397.57 km²) creates a green space bigger than the size of the Isle of Wight (370km²).

Windsor Great Park in Berkshire, with its famous Long Walk and deer park, tops the list as Britain’s biggest. It measures 28.53 km² and dwarves the others in size by comparison.

Second biggest is Cannock Chase Country Park in Staffordshire (19.56km²), with Rutland Water coming third (16.95km²)

Greater London has the most parks in the top 100 with six, (6. Richmond, 26. Hainault, 32 Bushy Park, 49. Wimbledon Common, 63. Hampton Court, 77. Belhus Woods) followed by neighbouring Essex with five.

Scotland has 18 parks that make the list, while Wales has six.

OS Managing Director for Leisure, Nick Giles, said: “We are fortunate to live in a country characterised by huge public parks and green spaces to get outside in and enjoy.

“There is so much on our own doorstep available to us, and a day out at the park is a fantastic British tradition to experience, particularly with the spell of hot weather we are experiencing.

“So with the summer holidays now here, why not get outside and make the most of the country’s public parks?”

The 100 Biggest Parks in Britain list in full can be found below:

Name

County

Size (km²)

1

Windsor Great Park

Berkshire

28.53

2

Cannock Chase Country Park

Staffordshire

19.56

3

Rutland Water

Rutland

16.95

4

Whinlatter Forest Park

Cumbria

13.49

5

Holkham Park

Norfolk

12.02

6

Richmond Park

Greater London

9.53

7

Moel Famau Country Park

Clwyd

8.63

8

Sutton Park

West Midlands

8.40

9

John Muir Country Park

East Lothian

6.82

10

Lamington Park (Alfie Burn)

Ross and Cromarty

6.52

11

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Hampshire

6.07

12

Moors Valley Country Park

Dorset

5.85

13

Lyme Park

Cheshire

5.56

14

Delamere Forest Park

Cheshire

5.09

15

Bradgate Park

Leicestershire

5.04

16

Dams To Darnley Country Park

Renfrewshire

4.94

17

Eglinton Country Park

Ayrshire and Arran

4.67

18

Ferry Meadows Country Park

Cambridgeshire

4.30

19

Hardwick Park

Derbyshire

4.12

20

Gleniffer Braes Country Park

Renfrewshire

4.11

21

Swynnerton Old Park

Staffordshire

3.83

22

Knole Park

Kent

3.73

23

Hatfield Forest

Essex

3.71

24

Farley Mount Country Park

Hampshire

3.69

25

Strathclyde Country Park

Lanarkshire

3.62

26

Hainault Forest Country Park

Greater London

3.62

27

Mount Edgecumbe Country Park

Cornwall

3.62

28

Weston Park

Staffordshire

3.62

29

Shipley Country Park

Derbyshire

3.61

30

Lochore Meadows Country Park

Fife

3.61

31

Frensham

Surrey

3.60

32

Bushy Park

Greater London

3.45

33

Temple Newsam Park

West Yorkshire

3.31

34

Staunton Country Park

Hampshire

3.25

35

Margam Country Park

West Glamorgan

3.20

36

Marbury Country Park

Cheshire

3.20

37

Loirston Country Park

City of Aberdeen

3.20

38

Vaynol Park

Gwynedd

3.17

39

Hampstead Heath

Greater London

3.16

40

Henham Park

Suffolk

3.16

41

Rother Valley Country Park

South Yorkshire

3.06

42

Chasewater (Country Park)

Staffordshire

3.02

43

Palacerigg Country Park

Dunbartonshire

3.01

44

Naworth Parks

Cumbria

2.98

45

Ashton Park

Somerset

2.97

46

Clyne Valley Country Park

West Glamorgan

2.93

47

Lulworth Park

Dorset

2.92

48

Bonaly Country Park

City of Edinburgh

2.91

49

Wimbledon Common

Greater London

2.90

50

Sandringham Country Park

Norfolk

2.89

51

Lullingstone & Preston Hill Country Park

Kent

2.88

52

Heaton Park

Greater Manchester

2.87

53

Kingfisher

West Midlands

2.86

54

Petworth Park

West Sussex

2.85

55

Ranscombe Farm Country Park

Kent

2.82

56

Dalkeith Park

Midlothian

2.82

57

Wadderley Park

Berwickshire

2.78

58

Seven Sisters Country Park

East Sussex

2.75

59

Kinmel Park

Clwyd

2.65

60

Box Hill

Surrey

2.65

61

Beecraigs Country Park

West Lothian

2.64

62

Northam Burrows Country Park

Devon

2.59

63

Hampton Court Park

Greater London

2.59

64

Sherwood Forest Country Park

Nottinghamshire

2.56

65

Attingham Park

Shropshire

2.53

66

Pennington Flash Country Park

Greater Manchester

2.52

67

Paices Wood Country Parkland

Berkshire

2.52

68

Kingsbury Water Park

Warwickshire

2.51

69

Greystoke Park

Cumbria

2.51

70

Cuerden Valley Park

Lancashire

2.47

71

Spye Park

Wiltshire

2.41

72

Hadleigh Castle

Essex

2.38

73

Stanwick Lakes Country Park

Northamptonshire

2.38

74

Chatelherault Country Park

Lanarkshire

2.37

75

Mugdock Country Park

Stirling and Falkirk

2.37

76

Holyrood Park

City of Edinburgh

2.36

77

Belhus Woods Country Park

Greater London

2.35

78

Yarrow Valley Park

Lancashire

2.26

79

Marston Vale Millennium Country Park

Bedfordshire

2.26

80

Thorndon Country Park

Essex

2.24

81

Croxteth Hall and Country Park

Merseyside

2.24

82

Parc Gweledig Padarn

Gwynedd

2.17

83

Clandon Park

Surrey

2.16

84

Arrow Valley Park

Worcestershire

2.15

85

Lickey Hills

Worcestershire

2.12

86

Camperdown And Templeton Woods

City of Dundee

2.10

87

Sotterley Park

Suffolk

2.10

88

Marsh Farm Country Park

Essex

2.10

89

Culzean Country Park

Ayrshire and Arran

2.09

90

Black Park Country Park

Buckinghamshire

2.09

91

Hylands Park

Essex

2.07

92

Fritton Lake

Suffolk

2.07

93

Reddish Vale Country Park

Greater Manchester

2.07

94

Avon Heath Country Park

Dorset

2.07

95

Wollaton Park

Nottinghamshire

2.04

96

Airds Park

Argyll and Bute

2.04

97

Dodington Park

Gloucestershire

2.04

98

Woodgate Valley Country Park

West Midlands

2.01

99

Coombe Country Park

Warwickshire

2.00

100

West Wellow Common

Hampshire

1.98

See the top 10 biggest parks in our interactive map

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