Latest update 04/04/2018 with 262 locations in the file.
This POI file is a selection of the Country Parks in the United Kingdom which have been accredited by the UK Government. Parks worthy of inclusion but without accreditation have been added. Accreditation means that the parks pass certain criteria such as
At least 10 hectares in size.
Defined by a clear boundary, marked on a map, whether it's open or fenced in.
Accessible, less than 10 miles from a residential area.
Free to enter.(A parking fee may be imposed.)
Inclusive and accessible, they must show how they've met equality and disability needs and provided for varied groups.
Predominantly natural or semi-natural landscape, eg woodland, grassland, wetland, heathland or parkland, with no more than 5% of the area built upon (excluding car parks).
Signposted and easy to navigate, visitors should be shown where they can go and what they can do and directed along footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes
Visibly staffed, eg litter collection and maintenance.
Available for public or educational events.
Near public toilets, either on-site or a 2 minute walk away.
The public has some influence over the management and development of the site.
The GOV.UK listing does not appear to be complete so if you already know of other parks which have the accreditation logo on the road signs then please let us know so that we can add them. Contact Us with details of the name and location so that we can check it out.
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Also included are parks under a similar scheme in Scotland. They use the thistle logo on their road signs.
The basis for this POI file is data from the GOV.UK web site and observations of road signs for country parks which display the accreditation logo. Also included are the Scottish ones under their own accreditation scheme.
The files are available in Tomtom ov2, Garmin csv and gpx, Volvo Sensus gpx, Google Earth kml and Google Maps kmz format. The Tomtom ov2 files can be used in the CoPilot phone navigation app. See the included instructions.
The Google Earth kml and Google Maps kmz files also contains links to the relevant pages on the country parks' web site. Just click on the icons to reveal the links.
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