Witton Country Park, sprawling over 480 acres of picturesque countryside, offers a delightful destination for families and nature enthusiasts alike. The park is adorned with charming picnic spots, scenic walks, nature trails, a newly developed play area, and a visitor center, ensuring an enjoyable day out for everyone.
Originally owned by the Feilden family, who constructed and resided in Witton House from 1800 to 1946, the estate was simultaneously transformed into the park. However, from around 1900, the house remained unoccupied for extended periods, and during both World Wars, it was utilized by the military. Unfortunately, dry-rot plagued the property during this time.
Regrettably, Witton House was demolished in 1952 after being sold to Blackburn Corporation in 1946. However, the outbuildings of Witton House, including the former stables and coach-houses, were fortunate enough to survive. In the late 1970s, these structures underwent renovation, preserving a piece of the estate’s history.
Visitors to Witton Country Park can revel in the expansive natural beauty, explore the diverse trails, indulge in leisurely picnics, and let children enjoy the newly constructed play area. The visitor center serves as an excellent resource for information and provides a starting point for an adventure-filled day in the park.
With its rich history and picturesque setting, Witton Country Park is a wonderful destination where visitors can immerse themselves in nature, appreciate the remnants of the estate’s past, and create cherished memories with their loved ones.
A large car park is located at the main entrance to the park off Preston Old Road A674, next to the all-weather sports turf facilities and next to Pleasington playing fields pavilion.
For disabled park users, there are car parking bays on the main car park and also very limited parking at the pavilion. To open the barrier for access up the main drive (15 mph speed limit) a RADAR key is required.
Parking charges only apply to the main and astroturf car parks, from 8am to 9pm, 365 days a year.
Tower Road and Pleasington car parks are free.
The cost is 60p for 2 hours or £1.80 for the whole day. The machines take both coin and card payments (including contactless).
Blue badge holders are exempt from the parking charges if a valid blue badge is correctly displayed.