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Jackson’s California Lake
California Country Park
Nine Mile Ride
California Country Park
Nine Mile Ride, Finchampstead
Jacksons sits amongst California Country Park, this covers 40 hectares.
The park itself is a 100 acres of park, woodland, both coniferous and broad leafed that surrounds Longmoor lake.
The Park consists, to the North East a camping and caravanning site, to the East a large lake, besides which sits the cafe and children’s play area. To the South and North West of the park an ancient Iron bog can be seen complete with wooden walk way.
Outside the cafe, inside a fenced area, is a play area and in the summer a children's paddling pool which is open in the summer, click here for more.
There are plenty of walks, wildlife areas and usually plenty of chargeable parking spaces which are being extended.
There are 2 walks within the park. The Longmoor Lake walk is 0.9 miles long and The Woodland Walk is 2.2 miles long. The Woodland Walk takes you into the 8,000 year old Longmoor Bog on a specially constructed board walk. This is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest, due to it's abundance of rare sedges and mosses. This includes the Heathland, Longmoor Lake and woodland. There are plenty of other footpaths that can take you out the park and onto other longer walks.
The lake and the surrounding area have an abundance of wild life.
The Park is managed by Wokingham Borough Council and is open every day throughout the year.
Pasted below an extract from Wikipedia about the actual park.
In 1931, (California Country Park) was established as an amusement park and Zoo by Alfred Cartilage and was called California in England.
A miniature railway was initially laid out to 10.25" but was soon changed to 18" and this lasted until the outbreak of the second world war when the park closed and all the buildings were used for the manufacture of munitions.Alfred reopened the park after the war and set about developing the rides many of which were designed and built onsite, including the famous Snake Train.The railway was reestablished as 18" gauge using a petrol powered locomotive His son,Norman took over in the early 1950s and continued the development of the site including realigning the miniature railway,adding new rides and running a circus for several years.The art deco main building included a famous sprung glass floored ballroom over the restaurant and featured a full calendar of dances often 'with star turns' .This structure was later destroyed by fire. Throughout this period 'The Poppies' speedway team competed on the dirt track laid out in a remote corner of the estate. In the early 1960s the amusement business was failing and the site obtained new owners who turned it into a holiday camp .Caravanning and camping facilities are still available on site at the California Chalet and Touring Park but the main part of the original amusement area is within the country park and largely overgrown.