Lightwater Country Park is situated on the edge of Lightwater Village and extends to 59 hectares. The Country Park is predominately heathland habitat, but there are also ponds, woodland, shrubs and lowland bog. These habitats offer the opportunity to observe a wide variety of wildlife, birds, mammals, plants and insects. Lightwater Country Park is just off Junction 3 of the M3 motorway between the villages of Bagshot and Lightwater. From Guildford andBracknell it is signed off the A322.
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Heathland Visitor Centre
The centre is currently closed to the public. We will update this page with it's opening hours when this changes.
Full access for disabled persons and hearing induction loop available.
What is the Visitor Centre?
The Visitor Centre is a base for continual education of the public with regards to conservation, nature and wildlife. This is done by a variety of activities - all fun!
Enjoy a variety of sensory displays that tell the Heathland Story.
We have a dedicated Greenspace team delivering the highest quality parks, countryside and play areas for the residents of Surrey Heath and beyond to use and enjoy throughout the year. Behind the scenes our team is managing and monitoring 254 hectares. Our team can be seen out and about in our Greenspace vehicles. If you would like to contact them, please contact 01276 707166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conservation and Volunteering
The area of heathland within the Country Park has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
What does this mean?
The Country Park is therefore an area of high nature conservation value. This due to the rarity of this type of habitat against damaging operations or development. For more information on SSSI please go to www.english-nature.org.uk/special/sssi/
The Lightwater Country Park will be launching its Conservation Season as of October. This will be followed by the Conservation programme through the winter.
During the months of October through to February the Rangers will be running weekly conservation tasks, usually on Thursdays. The priority for these task days will be clearance of invading birch and pine scrub from heathland areas, though there may be additional one-off projects such as fence and stile building and path improvements. In addition to public involvement, the Greensapce Team will also be assisted during the conservation period by work experience students from schools and colleges from throughout Surrey. If you are interested in wildlife or just crave fresh air and exercise and have some spare time, why not come along and help the Greenspace Team with this vital conservation work?
Contact Gordon Voller or Peter Maynard on 01276 707166 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Countryside and wildlife
Explore and let your imagination run wild in the Country park. There are numerous tracks that criss cross the park- you can enjoy the scenery without disturbing the wildlife.
An adventure playground suitable for children aged from toddlers to twelve year olds. Play equipment includes swings, rope trails, balancing beams and a four metre high space net.
Open season runs from mid June to mid March. Application forms for permits are available from the Greenspace Team on 01276 707166. For any general enquiries please contact the Lightwater Angling Society 01252 680230 or visit the Lightwater Angling Society website Opens in a new window.
The Greensapce Team offer a wide range of services for visiting schools and groups. They are also available for local outreach projects at their own venues. A teacher's pack and student resource pack are available on request. Please call a member of the team for further information and advice on 01276 707166 or email email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Walking and other Events
Join one of the Greensapce Team for walks and exciting events held at the Country Park through the year. View events listing.
There are lots of exciting Greenspace events over the coming months including Riverside Ramble, Dusk Discoveries on the Heath, Field Safari, Heathland Exploration and much more. For full details of these events download our walks and events brochure Opens in a new window or call Business Services to request a copy of the brochure on 01276 707338.
Lightwater Leisure Centre
Fancy a workout in a gym or playing tennis or football? Why not take a look at the Leisure Centre. View more details on the Lightwater Leisure Centre. Opens in a new window
Mum and Little One Fitness classes available to mums with 6 week plus babies