Colwick Country Park

On the outskirts of Nottingham city, the park is accessible via public transport and is well placed just off one of the region's key cycle routes.

The park is owned, operated and maintained by Nottingham City Council.

Colwick Country Parks in Nottingham

Offering a large, diverse area of water, woodland and meadows it provides the perfect backdrop for a variety of wildlife and recreational activities, including angling, sailing, walking and jogging.

There are some fantastic opportunities to photograph a rich diverse wildlife including butterflies, dragonflies and a large number of migratory birds including the nationally important population of wildfowl that are present during the winter.

The main entrance to the park is off Mile End Road, Colwick Village, on River Road, with another car park at the end of Racecourse road, past Nottingham Racecourse and Colwick Hall Hotel.

Each of these entrances has public parking, though there is a barrier charge (£2 per vehicle) should you wish to park past the fishing lodge at River Road.

The site is also serviced by public transport links, please visit the Nottingham City Transport website for further details.

Site Facilities include:

24 acre West Lake

65 acre Main Lake


Educational Facilities

Wildlife Areas

Disability Access

Dogs Welcome (On leads in designated areas)

Free entry (barrier charge for cars)

Car Park

Site Activities include:

Fishing, including club run taster sessions


Swimming (by prior arrangement only)



Bird watching and wildlife photography



Horse riding

Adventure Activities

Ranger led activities


The West Lake at Colwick Country Park is home to the Nottingham City Open Water Swimming Centre from April to October each year. Organised swimming sessions, with lifeguards present, take place on Wednesday evenings at 6pm and Saturday afternoons at 2pm.

The West lake is designated as an “Excellent” DEFRA Nottinghaming Water and tested weekly throughout the season.

Nottingham City Council also undertakes fortnightly testing for blue-green algae.

For more information and swimming events, please see our Facebook page at


Go to the Colwick Country Park website for more...