Shorne Woods Country Park

Managed by: Kent Country Parks

Address:

Brewers Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 3HX

Telephone: 0300 333 6488 Map

Parking and public transport

Pay and display, Monday to Friday,
£2 Weekends and bank holidays, £2.50
Free parking for season ticket holders
Coach parking is available.
Public transport: Yes, visit Traveline.

Opening times:

9am to dusk or 9pm (whichever is earlier) Closed Christmas day

Park summary

One of the most popular country parks in Kent, Shorne Woods Country Park offers everything you need to spend a day enjoying the great outdoors.

  • Park facilities

    Visitor centre:
    Yes
    Dogs allowed:
    Yes
    Viewpoints:
    Yes
    Refreshments:
    Yes
    Dog waste bins:
    Yes
    Toilets:
    Yes
    Kindling or log shop:
    Yes
  • Park accessibility

    Disabled parking:
    Yes
    Wheelchair access:
    Yes
    Disabled toilet:
    Yes
    Rest point:
    Yes
    Radar NKS Key required:
    No
    Electric scooter hire:
    Yes
  • Park activities

    BBQ:
    No
    Geocaching:
    Yes
    Sports facilities:
    No
    Camping:
    No
    Horse riding:
    Yes
    Toll rides:
    No
    Children's farm:
    No
    Orienteering:
    Yes
    Trim trail:
    Yes
    Cycling:
    Yes
    Picnic area:
    Yes
    Waymarked trails:
    Yes
    Fishing:
    Yes
    Play area:
    Yes

About the park

The site includes the eco-friendly visitor centre and café, a sensory garden, orienteering, fishing lakes, a trim trail and picnic and play areas – not to mention to 292 acres of rolling woodlands, wetlands and meadows that can be explored via a variety of waymarked trails.

A lot of effort has gone into making the park as accessible as possible – electric ‘Tramper’ mobility vehicles are available for hire, while there’s a special horse riding and cycle path route around the site.

There are a number of other colour-coded waymarked trails too, ranging in length from the 1 mile Easy Route to the 6.2 mile Darnley Trail that also takes in the nearby Jeskyns and Cobham Wood sites.

Hosting educational programmes throughout the year, Shorne Woods offers lots of opportunities to learn about the nature and wildlife at the park. It is one of the few places in South East England to provide Forest Schools.

With a unique space and meeting room for hire, Shorne Woods Country Park is also an excellent venue for everything from business meetings and workshops, to birthdays and club meetings.

For information about how the park is managed, read the Shorne Woods Country Park Management Plan 2009 - 2014

Map of Shorne Woods Country Park (PDF, 310.3 KB)

Additional park information

Visitor centre

1 November to 31 March, 11am to 4pm.
1 April to 31 October, 10am to 5pm.
Closed Christmas Day.

Kindling and log shop 

We sell wood products which are a by-product of the conservation work we do:

Charcoal £5
Net log bag (80cm x 80cm x 80cm) £6
Kindling bag £4
Larch log candle £10
Net bag of small wooden disks £20
Large chopping blocks £15
Bulk bag of logs (approx 220kg) £55 This needs to be ordered in advance and will be loaded onto a trailer with a tractor on site.
Bulk order of net bags £5 per bag for minimum of 50 net bags
Bespoke wood orders We sell wood to woodturners, artists, schools, email us shorne.venue@kent.gov.uk or call 0300 333 6488 with your request.
Insect hotel £10
Charcoal Soil Conditioner £3
 

Coach parking (must be booked in advance)

£5 a day off-peak (Mon-Fri outside of school holidays)
£10 a day peak (weekends, Bank Holidays and school holidays)

Call 0300 333 6488 to book a space.

Horse boxes 

Horse-box customers may wish to park at Cyclopark during peak periods, as it's often very difficult finding space at the park, unless arrival is very early. 

Electric scooter hire

All terrain electric scooters are available for hire, contact us on 0300 333 6488 for more information.