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Name:Williamson Park
Hill number:18871
Height:109m / 358ft
Parent (Ma):2811  Ward's Stone
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Lancashire (CoU)
Hill area:Forest of Bowland
Catchment:Lune, Catchment Boundaries
Class:Tump (100-199m)
Grid ref:SD 48980 61359
Summit feature:ground by tree
Col:68m  SD497616  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 97
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Parked in street near to the park then walked in to get FBM, thought we might as well bag the tump as well. Quite a few people about. Earlier that day re-bagged Wards Stone and bagged Wolfhole Crag and Nicky Nook. Hot and sunny with clear skies but quite hazy so you couldn't see the Lakes from summit.DanTrig20/05/2020
We came to bag the Fundamental Bench Mark but also logged the Ashton Memorial (intersection point) and the registered hill. A fine Victorian? designed park (gates / railings / lakes / bridges / rock outcrops) and the fabulous Ashton Memorial.briandavies02/01/2020
Parked to the SW in car park (£2.00). Possibly the only Tump to have meercats at the summit. Enjoyed a big Yorkshire pudding in the cafe afterwards.David Evans09/12/2019
Very enjoyable.summitsup24/11/2019
A delightful walk around free Willianson park, but paid my £4 to get a few m closer to the rather indistinct HP by a small meerkat enclosure. Butterfly house warm on a cool day. by parking on the road you can avoid the £2 pay and display carpark. on own all day.Denise 23/11/2019
Mainly here for the FBM.agentmancuso02/11/2019
After a visit to the butterfly house. Top is by the remains of a tree between a cafe (great place to watch the humans trying to run) and a meerkat enclosure. The park is as glorious as ever.fasgadh18/10/2019
Paid the £4 to visit the high point on W side of the Meerkat enclosure. Tree now gone, only 2 stumps remaining. Butterfly / hot house worth the visit, less sure about the Meerkats.RichardM23/08/2019
Summit apparently where the tree is next to the meerkat enclosure. Visited on a day out to the Ashton Memorial and Butterfly HouseWayne Mac31/05/2019
Visited on a day out to Williamson park and Ashton memorialBellesmountains31/05/2019
Delightful park with a very impressive memorial building. Very different.Campbell Singer03/11/2018
Car Park to SE (SD487611) - charges from 10am to 5 pm, gates open outside these hours. The summit is by a tree in the animal enclosure - access thru' gap where fence meets wall SD 49013 61383. Hill summit photo is wrongcarole engel15/09/2018
Excellent park-excellent butterfly house etc.A credit to Lancaster.With Lily.catman17/09/2017
With Lily,after Catman's tour.rosiebridge17/09/2017
With Grandma.lilyrosieives17/09/2017
Day trip to Lancaster on train, out first visit. Checked hillbagging on phone in the excellent Music Room cafe on arrival and pleasantly surprised to find a TuMP in town. Well worth the walk to Williamson Park with it's excellent Ashton Memorial, Stunning views on a clear day. £3.80 entry to Butterfly House for official summit location, but probably just as high by the fence to the east which is FOC.Hillsidenick14/09/2017
A few times with various sponsored walks, today I drove down from the Trough of Bowland and the Top of Blaze Mossbardolph13/04/2017
Torrisholme Barrow & Williamson Park with David. From Lancaster railway station. Summit is a by a tree, next to the meerkat enclosure, in a animal compound!ADT01/04/2017
During a Dukes performance of The Hobbit around the park.lecube04/08/2016
A fascinating steep country park with rocky dells and ornamental walks and Lancashire's impressive answer to the Taj Mahal in the Ashton Memorial. Built 1907 for £80K out of Portland limestone and steps of Cornish granite. Nicely busy park on our sunny saturday afternoon visit with also a wedding taking place. Darren talked our way in to the animal enclosure for free to stand on the hill top for a minute next to a tree by the Meerkat enclosure -new for 2016.Chris Pearson23/07/2016
In the little animal enclosurevegibagger21/07/2016
Nice park, also a FBM and 4 other benchmarks in the park. HP could be in the meerkat enclosure, or by the cafe, or a rock outcrop a little to the S of the supposed top.jonglew03/06/2016
Lancashire completed.ngthack09/05/2016
£3.80 gets you an extra 1m. Open 10-4, I arrived just after the 3.15 last entry time. Said I didn't mind a few minutes less! Interesting place, Sir Lancelotl the Oxelotl :-)RHW05/03/2016
With Jo, from Lancaster Railway Station. Lovely views from top of Ashton Memorial and, as AJ states, the park is very interesting as are the residents of the Butterfly House. Lancaster was nice also. Weather; generally sunny, mild, good visibility.amblerbob18/02/2016
Now up to £3.80, except that the indoor Butterfly House was closed for building work. So instead they charged me a pound to look at some rather sad-looking rabbits on the summit area. The park website says it's only 50p to visit the memorial viewing gallery, but there was a wedding on and I didn't want to spoil their special day.Pete R06/11/2015
High point is indeed behind cafe/shop by large fir next to small mammals enclosure. £3.70 to see this one, money well spent to see mammals, birds, reptiles, butterflies. Rest of park interesting too.Aye Jimmy05/01/2015
Several times, Hill reps with L&MRonald02/09/2014
I spent so many times going past this summit as a short cut for school cross country runs (which LRGS pupils didn't), finally remembered to take the last few yards to the summit today.JohnStoneham24/08/2014
With Bert.campagvelocet09/06/2014
W/- Annette, Sam and Joseph. Hardly noticed the top. Does the Ashton Memorial count?gary.jones408/06/2014
Agree top behind cafe/shop. £3.70 admission to Butterfly House - top by small mammals areaBramley14/04/2014
Location of highpoint not clear but appears from visit to be behind the Butterfly House at about SD 48975 61351 as per 1:10k map (109m spot). Closed when we were there so leaving it unticked, the Butts said to be well worth a look anyway, another time...RHW05/04/2014
Climbed again after finding the FBM and the cut mark on the 1868 stone bench. Then off around Lancaster to find more cut marks.Dugswell224/02/2014
Straightforward walk from Lancaster train station. Tremendous panorama over southern Lakeland. Not bad for an urban hill!Jake99410/11/2013
Walked through the pretty Williamson Park for a close up view of Ashton Memorial which was brill. Wedding going on so no access today must try again.Dugswell207/09/2013
walk around the park with SammyAvidSockWearer17/02/2013
Regular haunt over the years,no exact date of first visit to park & Butterfly house,sometime mid 1980's. This date is from a visit for the wedding of some friends in the Ashton Memorial.MorecambeMonkey07/03/2009
Fantastic park and lovely town (Lancaster).Mac.Hawk22/01/2009
Sang inside the memorial at a wedding.jimbloomer05/07/2008
During visit to Williamson Park & Ashton Memorial,with Annacitygent23/06/2008
On a day trip to Lancaster whilst living at Stainforth. Climbed to the top of the memorial and was delighted by the unexpected views. Also went to the Butterfly house!DanHolme30/04/2005
Estimated dateJOHNS25/08/2002
Date estimated +/- 2 days. Visit to the Ashton Memorialafoster28/07/1993
Date approx. Visit to Lancaster when at Uni in Newcastle, walked through the park, the pagoda tower, dusk falling.nordicstar01/04/1980
Pushchair walk with Mag and Greta. To see rabbits.iredale01/08/1967
My local park. Visited many times over the years. Been on the top of the memorial with my father in the 60's. Been in the Butterfly house and small mammals enclosure many times with the grandchildren.mick01/06/1964
Multiple times 2016+ from Sam & Diane's housetsar.nathanblank
Ben Rinnes04/11/2019