The Rye in High Wycombe is so well worth the drive from Oxford. It is a guaranteed great day out for FREE – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
At one end of the car park is the Lido, an outdoor swimming pool, which is open in the summer (but has to be booked separately) while the play park is at the other end with the DYKE on the Rye in the middle.
So what is that? The Dyke on the Rye is a large stretch of open water fed by water from Abbey School grounds, which runs along the length of the walk. The water spills over a little waterfall with stepping stones (right near the car park) and that’s where we started our walk (tip: take your wellies and waterproofs for added fun). After having fun around the waterfall, then we moved along the stream, seeing lots and lots of duckies and swans until we entered the woodland. Nothing prepared us for the millions of squirrels crossing our path.. Ok, that is an exaggeration but by God, I have never seen so many squirrels in my life. My son kept chasing them, yet one ran away and another came. It was a great game of chase.
Its a fair bit of walk from the car park to the play area for little legs as there are no bridges to cut the walk short but its a beautiful one at that. The paths are perfect for cycles/scooters, so take one if you prefer, or perhaps park at the other end.
There were some boats for hire at the far end, but they were not running on the day we went. From here, you will be able to see this beast of a climbing frame, which is just WOW!!It was raining, so we had it all to ourselves..even I had a go at it. Ay was much better at it than me, but it was fun!. There is wheel chair accessible ramp up to the slide, which is great to see too. There are also trampolines, swings and basketball court in this area.
As you walk along the circular route back towards the car park, you will come across another toddler/young children play area which has its own pirate ship for imaginative play, obstacle course, wobble board to balance on, swings & small climbing frames as well as sensory equipment
There is plenty of green space, gym and tennis courts too.
The park “technically speaking” does not have a lake or a pond, but I have also included it in those subgroups due to the water activities/ duck feeding etc available on the DYKE
Website for the LIDO: https://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/wycombe-rye-lido/
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🗺 Address: The Rye, Bassetsbury Ln, High Wycombe HP11 1QX
🚘 Paid Parking on site
🚻 Toilets (the only toilets are near the car park, which is quite a long walk from the adventure play area, so be wary of that)
🧺 Picnic allowed
🐕 Dogs allowed
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