Decoy Country Park Near Newton Abbot - a Memory of Newton Abbot.

This Country Park is signposted just off the Penn Inn roundabout, and my family had a lovely outing there on a hot Spring Day. I have to guess that the photograph illustrated here is the site, because I imagine the lake may be artificial and perhaps didn't exist when the picture was taken ninety years ago. Certainly, I noticed much of the lake edge, fishing stations and boat launch quays appear very new
What my granddaughter Anna liked best, was the superb children’s play area which has imaginative and attractive equipment for all ages from toddlers to teenagers to enjoy. She really loved the zipwire!
There is a rangers' office for the staff to supervise the Country Park and everything seemed perfect - the lake had many hundreds of birds to watch and keen “twitchers” could observe from hides at the water's edge (not for me though!)
Just occasionally, our local councils get something exactly right. So, well done Teignbridge District Council for providing this popular attraction. Our family will recall with pleasure the memory of the walk through the woodlands around the entire lake.

A memory shared by John Howard Norfolk on Mar 26th, 2012.
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 Comments & Feedback

Mon Mar 14th 2016, at 12:39 am
Bill Wright commented:
Hi John, the lake was originally a 100ft deep clay pit with a central vertical shaft and many adults running off,both my my maternal great grand fathers worked there and I recall the workings still going in the 60's. Before the spoil heaps were levelled and the depth of magazine pond raised the area was sometimes used as a trial ground for of road vehicles.

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