If you’re looking for space to run, climb, fish, cartwheel, cycle, scoot or explore you would struggle to find somewhere with more options than Shorne Woods Country Park. Consisting of 292 acres of wildlife-filled woodland, there are many ways to explore all that this green space has to offer.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
Upon arrival at Shorne Woods Country Park, my eldest announced it ‘looked boring’, but we ended up having to drag her and her siblings away many hours later. The very well stocked play areas are right next to the main entrance to the park so it’s pretty hard to avoid them when you get there. Try not to get too distracted though, if you can drag your off-spring away from the fun (and there is A LOT of fun to be had on the wooden frames), there is even more to see and do further into the park.
There are so many paths to take, it would be impossible to see everything in one visit but highlights include a walk around the fishing lake to check the catch of the day, den building in the clearing behind the biggest lake (we spent 2 hours building and rebuilding and rebuilding), Gruffalo hunting in the acres of woodland and visiting the water birds that swim under the bridges. There is a ‘Train Trail’ which provided hours of entertainment. Whilst daddy took on the kids in a chin up contest, I got thoroughly trashed by my 5 year old on the monkey bars! The cafe offers a good selection of food and the staff are all friendly, one of the park keepers gave my daughter a handful of seeds to take home and plant. There is so much to do and see, it is impossible to get bored. Just make sure you’ve had a wee before you start your walk, it’s a long way back to the loos from the other side of the park! (by Helen Hamston)
Amazing. Large play area including a large fenced in area for smaller kids, plenty of paths to wonder, most good for buggies, great trim trail, small sensory garden and spacious cafe. Dog friendly. Cheap parking (by Anke Bysouth)
Address: Brewers Road, Shorne Gravesend DA12 3HX.
Playground: Yes, two brilliant ones. One which reminds me of Telly Tubby Land aimed at toddlers, and another brilliant wooden one for older kids.
Cafe: Yes, in the visitor centre. Selling healthy options of hot and cold food, ice-creams and drinks. Lots of locally sourced food and lovely staff. There is also an ice-cream hut next to the loos in the carpark (not literally!).
Toilets: Yes, with baby change and accessible toilets.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: The park is super accessible with cycle paths; wheelchair, walking stick and buggy friendly flat paths; a horse riding path and electric mobility vehicles available to hire.
Parking: Pay and display, Monday to Friday, £2 Weekends and bank holidays, £3. Free parking for season ticket holders. Blue Badge holders may apply for concessionary parking by calling 03000 41 72 72.
Train: Higham or Sole Street.
Bus: 417 bus takes approximately 20 minutes from Higham station and stops next to the park.
Phone: 01474 823800.
Email: [email protected].
There is a visitor centre, well stocked cafe, plenty of clean toilets, ice-cream hut and ample parking. It also provides Forest School and other educational activities and hosts a range of interesting and different children’s party options. Spaces are available for meetings and group hire.
Ranging from a 1 mile ‘Easy Route’ to the 6.2 mile ‘Darnley Trail’ there is something for all leg lengths. If wandering round gorgeous leaf covered avenues isn’t enough to keep your littlest companions happy, there are two large wooden playgrounds with climbing frames, swings, slides and activities suitable from 6 months to teenagers. The park also houses several fishing lakes, a ‘Train Trail’ with exercise stations and many picnic areas. The park is full of wildlife from bugs and bees, to flowers and huge trees; it’s a haven for nature-lovers of all ages.
Review by Helen Hamston and Anke Bysouth.