Sywell Reservoir, Northampton NN6, UK
Country Park PerfectionEngland has a good many country parks, it's rather a bit of a thing when one is in a place like Northamptonshire. Sunday activity? A stroll at the park! Nanny needs to take the kids somewhere to get out of the house? Let them play in the grass at the park. Need exercise? The park, of course!
However, the parks here differ from those in other countries like the United States. England's organized parks in the countryside are a bit less organized. When strolling through a place like Sywell you feel as if you've maybe trespassed on the lands of a Lord or other titled citizen. There's a certain bit of wildness to the parks, a feeling that the parks are almost never ending -- so vast is the area they each cover.
My favorite, is Sywell in Northampton. It's where I first learned that all swans in the United Kingdom still belong to the Queen and where I began to appreciate the specific joy of an English spring after the miserable winter.
As they all are, it's large, wild and perfect for a Sunday afternoon with your loved one. Or, even alone.
There is also a butterfly garden at this park in addition to the reservoir. The park is open year round and admittance to Sywell is free but you will have to pay for parking.