Shorne Woods Country Park

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  • About the park

    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.

    Map of Shorne Woods Country Park (PDF, 1.9 MB).

    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.

  • Find us

    Brewers Road
    DA12 3HX

    Telephone: 03000 41 47 47


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  • Parking and season tickets

    Pay and display:

    • Monday to Friday: £2
    • Weekends and bank holidays: £3

    Free parking for season ticket holders.

    We have lots of car parking at Shorne Woods. In addition to the disabled spaces, we have 45 spaces in the hard standing car park and a further 200 spaces on loose gravel.

    Blue Badge holders may apply for concessionary parking by calling 03000 41 72 72. There are 20 disabled parking spaces.

    Coach parking

    Coach parking is available at the park and must be pre-booked in advance by calling 03000 41 47 47.

    It costs £5 per day.

  • Park opening times

    Opens: 9am

    Closes: dusk or 9pm (whichever is earlier)

    Closed on Christmas Day.

  • History


    The discovery of flint tools dating from the Mesolithic period (12,000 - 6,000 years ago) shows that the landscape here has been used by people for thousands of years.

    The foundations of medieval Randall Manor, home of Sir Henry de Cobham and his descendants from the 13th Century, and 4 ponds from the same era can be found in Randall Wood. You can also see the banks of a very old road, known as a hollow-way, which may pre-date the manor house.

    The trackway, leading to Cobham Hall from the village of Thong, was planted 200 years ago with newly introduced rhododendron and azaleas. It became known as the Rhododendron Avenue and visitors came from miles around to stroll along it. The rhododendrons have recently been removed to conserve the surrounding area.

    The woodland here has been coppiced since the late 1500s. Sawpits can be seen in Brewers Wood and old woodland ditches that helped to drain the coppice areas. In 2006 coppicing was reintroduced to continue this historic woodland management technique.

    Our visitor centre, fishing lakes and play areas sit within a former clay extraction pit, which extracted and pumped clay to cement works in Northfleet from the 1920s to the 1960s.

    During WWII, the woods were home to a RAF billet camp (the air raid shelters still remain today) and a D-Day era army camp.

    Follow Archaeology in Kent on Facebook for the latest  discoveries at Shorne Woods.

    Creating the park

    Kent County Council bought Shorne Wood in 1982 and opened the site as a country park in 1987. 

    With the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Kent County Council purchased the adjacent woodlands of Randall and Brewers in 2001 and an additional 3 hectares of Brewers Wood in 2013. This then created Shorne Woods.

    Further funding has been used to improve access, biodiversity, car parking and to build the award winning visitor centre.

  • Park management

    This park is managed by the Kent County Council Kent Country Parks team. Contact the Kent Country Parks team.

What's on

  • 24 Oct
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    Autumn Half Term Activity Trail

    Explore the woods following our self-led activity trail and see what you can discover about the park. All completed trails will receive a small prize.

  • 31 Oct

    Mini Scream

    Come to the park and follow our self-led trail with a Halloween theme ending with a close encouter with one of the parks spookiest residents.

  • 12 Dec
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    Santa's Grotto

    Follow our trail around the woods and solve the clues to find Santa. Then meet our traditional santa in his woodland grotto. All children will receive a present from Santa.

  • 19 Dec
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    Winter Activity Trail

    Explore the woods following our self-led activity trail and see what you can discover about the park. All completed trails will receive a small prize.

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  • Eat and drink

    The café is on the ground floor of the visitor centre.

    Café opening hours

    1 March to 31 October - Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm

    1 November to 28 February - Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am - 4pm

    Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    The eco-kitchen is open April to September at weekends and during school holidays between 12pm - 5pm.


    The café sells delicious homemade soups, hot meals, snacks and baguettes. Hot food is served up to an hour before closing times.

    Our own blend fresh ground bean coffee is very popular.

    The eco-kitchen sells a range of freshly hand made pizzas, including our signature pizza, The Shorne Special, which keeps customers coming back time after time!

    The kiosk has an amazing selection of locally produced ice-cream and is open during weekends and school holidays between April and September.

  • Shop

    Shop opening hours

    1 March to 31 October - Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm

    1 November to 28 February - Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am - 4pm.


    We sell a range of products including:

    • pocket money toys
    • seasonal cards
    • local produce
    • outdoor play items
    • gifts. 

    Kindling and log shop 

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

    Charcoal £5 (available between April and October)
    Net bag of logs £6 (available between September and March)
    Kindling £4 (available between September and March)
    Larch log candle £10
    Net bag of small wooden disks (min. 30) £20
    Bulk bag of logs (approx 220kg) £55
    This must be ordered in advance and will be
    loaded onto a trailer with a tractor on site.
    Large stepping stone £4
    Bespoke wood orders We sell wood to wood-turners, artists, schools,
    email us or call
    03000 41 47 47 and ask for the ranger team.
  • Walk


    The park has a number of way marked routes that are different lengths marked on the map of Shorne Woods Country Park (PDF, 1.9 MB).

    Follow the 6.2 mile Darnley Trail (PDF, 2.6 MB) (PDF, 2.6 MB) that also takes in the nearby Jeskyns and Cobham Wood sites.

    Dog walking

    Dogs must be kept on a lead in certain areas of the park and where seasonal cattle are grazing. The areas include:

    • all the meadows adjacent to the cafe
    • car park
    • play areas
    • picnic area
    • trim trail
    • fishing lakes. 

    Please clear up after your dog and take waste back to the visitor area for disposal. Dog bins are provided on the orange trail and adjacent to the car park. 

    There is a pond where dog swimming is allowed and it is signposted from the picnic area.

    There is a tap for dog drinking water and bowls by the cafe.

    Easy access paths

    Use the:

    • orange and orange chequered routes for access to central park areas
    • blue route which has a loose fill stone surface and some steep gradients
    • purple trail which is unsurfaced but has no steps.

    Map of Shorne Woods Country Park (PDF, 1.9 MB)

    Mobility scooter hire

    We have 3 Tramper mobility scooters available for hire. Our Trampers are rough terrain mobility vehicles that can help you explore more of Shorne Woods Country Park.

    To book call us on 03000 41 47 47.

    It costs £2 for a 2 hour session.

    Before hiring a Tramper for the first time, you will need to complete a 25 minute practical induction session. You can pre-book your training session by calling 03000 41 47 47.

    You must be able to get onto and off the Tramper unaided, as our staff are not trained to help with this.

  • Play

    Toddlers and younger children can run wild in the safety of our children's play area. More adventurous children will enjoy clambering and climbing in our second, more challenging play area.

  • Fitness


    There are Run England 3-2-1 routes throughout the park.

    Every Saturday morning, our friendly Parkrun takes place. Come along and take part. Find out more at Shorne Woods Parkrun.

    Trim trail

    There is a trim trail with 10 stations.

  • Other facilities and activities

    Visitor centre opening times

    1 March to 31 October - Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm

    1 November to 28 February - Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am - 4pm.

    We are closed on Christmas Day.


    Toilet facilities are available during park opening hours (even when the visitor centre is closed). 

    The main toilet facilities include a unisex accessible toilet that includes a baby-changing facility. 

    The second block is open summer weekends and school holidays. This facility has a unisex accessible toilet and a separate family toilet with baby changing facilities.


    A permanent orienteering course is available at the park for everyone to use. 

    Download an orienteering map from the Dartford Orienteering Klubb website or you can purchase a laminated map from the park shop for £1.


    Find out more about geocaching, sign up to create an account and find geocaches at the park.


    Read our accessibility information for Shorne Woods (PDF, 24.3 KB).

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