Coolings Nature Trail

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‘Did you know there are wallabies in the Kent countryside? Coolings’ Nature Trail covers a 6 acre area at the back of its Green & Pleasant site. Once a plant nursery, now a habitat for native plants and creatures and our resident animals.

The Trail is accessible by bark pathways. It takes about 40 minutes to cover (at a moderate pace)’ (www.coolings.co.uk/green-and-pleasant/nature-trail). There is also a small fish shop on site which has a largish fish tank for children to look at.

MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:

We love it here! Easy parking, very reasonably priced and easy to navigate the toilets and nature trail. There are a range of pigs, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens and some wallabies!!!! But the best bit is wandering around the paths, meeting the scarecrows, playing in the wood houses and trying to Find the gruffalos house!! We always go mid-morning, stop for lunch at the cafe and then drive home at nap time. In the shop area there is a lovely gift shop with nice toys and pet shop with exotic fish. Perfect morning out!

Address: Coolings Nature Trail, Rushmore Hill, Knockholt, Kent, TN14 7NN.

Website: www.coolings.co.uk/green-and-pleasant/nature-trail

Playground: No.

Cafe: Yes, the cafe has a range of hot and cold food as well as little lunch boxes for the little ones and there is also a brio train set to play with too.

Toilets: Yes, both wheelchair accessible loos and baby change is available.

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes. They say ‘the paths are buggy and disabled scooter-accessible (we have one you can borrow) though it should be pointed out that our bark paths can become muddy after heavy rain and appropriate footwear is recommended’.

Parking: Yes, free parking on site.

Nearest Station: Knockholt.

Train: Knockholt.

Bus: Coolings is on bus routes R5 and R10 both of which serve Orpington and Knockholt as well as Cudham, Halstead and Pratts Bottom.

Phone: 01959 20532269.

Email: [email protected].

ABOUT:

Day Ticket Prices (Non Members)
Adult £3.50
Senior £1.75
Child (5 – 12 years) £1.75
Under 5’s FREE
Family (2 adults & up to 3 Children aged 5+) £8.75
Monday – Saturday 9am – 4.30pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

 

Review by Donna Ford

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Founder of MGF, Helen is a mum of four who spends way too much time on the interweb and not enough time in bed. She loves wearing her dressing gown, car boot sales and watching TV programmes featuring food. Her specialist subjects include 'how to overfill your car boot' and 'how to avoid dusting'. Follow her at Twitter: @Ginfund, Facebook: @MGFund, Instagram: @mummysginfund and online: www.mummysginfund.co.uk.

1 COMMENT

  1. Finally made the trip to Coolings last Saturday after it’s been on my Gin Board for a bit.
    Thought I’d share though so other Gin parents don’t make the same mistake as me! The address listed above and on the website is in fact for the Coolings Garden Centre and NOT for Coolings Green & Pleasant which is where the nature trail is (around 2 miles further down the road). Use this address: Main Rd, Knockholt, Sevenoaks TN14 7LJ.

    After having a hot chocolate and piece of cake in the cafe at the Garden Centre and asking where the Nature Trail was, I found the above out, so bundled the kids back in the car and headed down to Green & Pleasant! It was worth the hassle, my boys had a great time running around, hiding in the dens and running up the tree tunnel. We fed the ducks and saw pigs and wallabies, and hammered coins into logs to make wishes. The shop is lovely, and we managed to buy some charcoal for the bbq which is hard to find in Winter (us South Africans ‘braai’ all year round). Next time we go we’ll pay for the annual tickets as I’m sure we’ll go back regularly.
    Thanks for the top tip Gin Fund!

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