If you’re looking for somewhere with plenty of sky and fresh air then I highly recommend a visit to Foredyke Green in Kingswood.
What is it?
With large swathes of housing development being undertaken over the last decade in Kingswood, Foredyke Green is a lovely green space for the community to enjoy.
Where is it?
Sandwiched between Kesteven Way and Bude Road, you can access Foredyke Green on foot from both sides. If you’re arriving by car the postcode is HU7 3EJ. There is a small layby next to the bus stop where you can park for free or there are plenty of side streets here parking is available. Alternatively, there is customer parking at Home Bargains on Bude Road (please check local signage for time limits). You can walk through from Home Bargain’s car park into the south sides of Foredyke Green.
The entrance via the footpath next to the roundabout near Kingswood Academy is lined by full sized monks carved out of wood. These are the The Monks of Meaux Abbey.
The entrance from the Kesteven layby is lined by large tree trunks.
From this entrance you can find an information post and map for Foredyke Green.
To celebrate the Hull City of Culture year 2017, local school children created artwork that lines the entrance from Kesteven Way too.
What is there to do?
Foredyke Green Nature Area is in two halves. On one side is the labyrinth designed by Kingswood Vicar Rev Ben Norton. The labyrinth is designed to provide a peaceful place for reflection.
Not to be confused with a maze where people are meant to lose their way, there’s just one way in and one way out. Although children will enjoy just racing round it!
There’s a fabulous mound with steps up to the top and an accessible slope from the other side of it. Perfect for go-karting down according to my sons! As is the rest of the nature area, so ideal for prams and wheelchairs.
Between the upper and lower parts of the nature area is Wawne Drain which was surprisingly clean and we stopped to watch the ducks for a little while.
On the south side is a large pond with a path around most of it and three metal pond dipping platforms. A great place to visit and discuss habitats. I’ve heard this pond is home to a number of different dragonflies. Something to look for next time.
Whilst the path around it is clear, and there are lots of wooden seating areas to relax and watch over the water. There’s also plenty of vegetation surrounding the pond to explore.
The trees are still quite young so not the best to climb. There’s plenty of hiding places for little ones though, so they can have a mini Enid Blyton style adventure.
The boys really enjoyed spotting all the wooden carvings of animals. Sadly some have now been defaced but there’s still a few to find. They would make a fun outdoor scavenger hunt.
What about toilets?
The nearest toilets are probably at Asda. Address: Kingswood Retail Park, Bude Rd, Hull HU7 3DA subject to opening hours. However, there aren’t any facilities at Foredyke Green.
Where can I eat?
Take a picnic and a blanket during dry weather. There’s benches made from tree trunks overlooking the pond which is perfect for this.
For a hot food alfresco treat, time your visit to coincide with the times Dave’s Mobile Fish and Chip van parks up in the layby on Kesteven Way. Check out his facebook page for current opening times. It’s excellent quality and really reasonable prices.
Alternatively, there’s a wealth of eateries on Kingswood Retail Park including McDonalds, Nando’s, Chiquito’s, Pizza Hut, KFC, Frankie and Benny’s as well as a Costa, M&S Food and Greggs. Useful if the weather turns whilst you’re out!