The Rye

The review

I only heard about this place because of Bucks Rocks. It seems that this is one of the best places in High Wycombe to find and hide painted rocks (another great, free, activity to do with the kids.) I’d seen posts about it so often I had to go!

Finding the car park was easier said than done, but that’s my fault really. There are two entrances and (obviously) sat nav took me to the pedestrian entrance. HP11 1QX should get you to the right place.

This is quite a large park right in the middle of High Wycombe. Running through the park is a large stream which is full of ducks and the odd massive fish. The footpath is right at the water’s edge so keep an eye on little ones. At one end there is a place where you can hire boats and pedalos if you want to. You can also fish here.

The other side of the river from the car park is a wooded area which we didn’t go into this time and there’s a mill as well apparently. They have courts and changing rooms you can book.

The Wycombe Rye Lido is right next to the car park but obviously there’s a charge for that. When we walked past it was pretty packed.

Most of the park is open green space. I say green but given the glorious weather we’ve been having it was more of a open beige space! There are two playground areas; a smaller one that we didn’t visit and a massive wooden one that we did.

The Rye Review | High Wycombe | Buckinghamshire

This playground is fantastic, there are lots of different pieces of equipment particularly aimed at slightly older children (lots of clambering and climbing) plus there are trampolines. Smallest child was too small for any of it except the spinning discs which she thought were great. There are several large trees at the edge so plenty of shade. This park isn’t fenced off and visibility across the playground wasn’t great because the nature of the equipment. There were a few “Where’s xxxx gone?” moments but we didn’t actually lose anyone.

There are loads of benches dotted around, particularly near the stream. Overall I thought the park was very clean and we had a fantastic day.

Admission Cost


Parking / How to get there

Parking – on-site and chargeable. It’s not a huge car park and I think it gets pretty full but it’s close to town so you could walk. It is very cheap though, I forgot to check the prices as I paid on the app but I believe it was 80p for 4 hours or £5 all day. Given you can pay on the app, surely it makes sense to just renew for 80p if you’ll go over the 4 hours?

Address – Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1QX


On-site within the Lido. Only a couple though so at busy times there is a queue. The website says they are at the car park so I wonder if we used the wrong ones! Anyway, there are loos around there somewhere.


There is a cafe counter within the Lido. There’s also a kiosk near the dyke which was reasonably priced.

Our review

Rating 5 / 5

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