The Dale is one of a series of
'pocket parks' in the
Northamptonshire area. It is a 10.84 acre natural limestone valley with
steep sloping sides, formerly Glebe land owned
by the Church.
The site was
established as a Pocket Park in 1985 when the then Cottingham Parish
Council purchased it to save it from possible development.
As you can read on the
front page of this website, the local lads used to play cricket in the
Dale. David Dodd recalls that the
ball would conveniently roll back to the pitch - "useful when there was
a shortage of fielders!"
villagers have fond memories of sledging on the Dale - in those days when
there used to be snow! Says David:
"It was almost taken for granted there would be snow every year. There was
a selection of slopes ranging from the comparatively safe, on the line of
the footpath from the road at the top, to the more advanced 'Swiss Bank'
where you could leave the ground, on a good day with a good sledge."