California Country Park covers 40 hectares and is set within 100 acres of ancient bogland and lowland heath. It offers scenic walks, wildlife watching, fishing and more. The park is open daily throughout the year.
The footpath around Longmoor Lake is hard surfaced. Other trails through the park are not and may be unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs in wet, muddy conditions.
No barbeques or open fires are allowed.
Driving to Us
California Country Park is located off of Nine Mile Ride B3430. By sat nav enter RG40 4HU.
Walks and Trails
There are 2 walks at the park. The Longmoor Lake walk is 0.9 miles long.
The Woodland Walk is 2.2 miles long. The Woodland Walk takes 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.
To find out more about these routes download California Country Park walks (PDF document).
Dam Improvement Works
Improvements to the Longmoor Lake dam at California Country Park will begin in late April. Wokingham Borough Council is rebuilding the spillway, which controls the release of water from the dam, to better control flooding during heavy rainfall.
As well as the improvements to the dam, there will also be some footpath improvements to allow easier access to the site of special scientific interest at Longmoor Bog.
Unfortunately the circular route around Longmoor Lake will be be closed at the north end of the lake from August to accommodate these improvements. At times there will be some disruption for those visiting while vehicles and materials are moved through the park to the work area.
Natural England and the Environment Agency have approved the work, which will have no detrimental impact on wildlife in the area. Work is being carried out by Sanctus Limited, while the council is being supported through the project by Jacobs, the appointed reservoir engineer for the council.
The dam works at California Country Park still has a few more weeks of repairs to do before the contractors leave site.
The circular route footpath and actual spillway construction is now complete and the circular route and everglades walk way are open for general visitors.
Dogs are welcome
Dogs are welcome at California and we provide dog bins for you to use. Please respect others by keeping your dog under control and don't allow them to foul in public areas. We don't allow dogs in the play park and near the paddling pool.
Longmoor Lake fishing information
Longmoor Lake at California Country Park is a picturesque 6 acre estate lake providing excellent fishing for all. Originally excavated over 100 years ago, the lake which boasts 5 islands, provides fishing for the specimen and pleasure angler alike.
For more information please visit our page on Fishing.
Camping and caravanning
Camping and caravan park - a privately run chalet and touring park, with camping facilities near the park. Call 0118 973 3928 or email email@example.com for further information and bookings.
Car parking charges are:
- Up to 4 hours: £1.65 per hour
- 4 hours plus: £6.60 flat rate
- £17.60 flat rate per day (all year)
Parking season tickets
Standard 6 months: £88.00
Standard 12 months: £165.50
Concessionary 6 months: £61.50
Concessionary 12 months: £123.50
To apply for a season ticket, complete the online form.
Pay and Display tickets are available from the car park ticket machines. Car parking charges apply from 6am to 10pm daily. All income goes to the maintenance of California Country Park.
The access gate to the car parks is only open between 7am and 10pm. Please ensure that you have left the car park in time for the automatic gates to be locked at 10pm. An unlocking penalty fee of £88 will apply after that time.