Accessibility at Shorne Woods Country Park

At Shorne Woods Country Park we have an eco-friendly visitor centre and restaurant, fishing lakes, trim trail and picnic and play areas, including 292 acres of beautiful woodlands, wetlands and meadows to explore. We have everything you need to spend a day enjoying the best of Kent's countryside.

If you have other accessibility queries in advance of your visit, please call 03000 41 35 00 or email kentcountryparks@kent.gov.uk.

Café

Our café is on the ground floor of the visitor centre and accessible through automatic double doors at the main entrance or via single manual doors at the café serving hatch. Seating is available both inside the visitor centre for customers using the café facilities as well as at picnic benches in the café garden that are accessible to wheelchair users.

Find out more about our café.

Gift shop and information point

The gift shop and information point is on the ground floor of the visitor centre and accessible through automatic double doors at the main entrance.

Meeting room

The Chestnut Room is on the first floor of the visitor centre and is available for hire on weekdays and weekends. The Chestnut Room is accessible via a lift and has its own unisex accessible toilet within the room. Also available within the Chestnut Room is a hearing induction loop.

Book our Chestnut Meeting Room.

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 on and off the Tramper unaided, as our staff are not trained to help with this.

Parking

There are 20 hard standing allocated disabled spaces which are located in the main car park nearest to the visitor centre.

The visitor centre entrance is approximately 20 metres away and can be accessed via a ramp to the main entrance. In addition, there are a further 45 spaces on hard standing that are within 50 metres of the visitor centre entrance and a further 200 spaces on loose stone surfaces.

If you are a Blue Badge holder, you can purchase an annual season ticket in advance of your visit for £8. The annual season ticket gives you access to all of our country park car parks free of charge during the year.

To purchase your season ticket call 03000 41 72 72 and have your Blue Badge number and credit or debit card handy for reference.

Paths

We have 2.5 kilometres of easy access pathway that are way marked with orange and orange chequered arrows and provide access to some of the central areas of park as well as the view point, the playgrounds and the Trim Trail. The purple trail in the main park is unsurfaced in places but has no steps so is the most accessible of the other way marked trails.

View a map of Shorne Woods Country Park (PDF, 2.6 MB).

Play area

There are 2 play areas in the park that can be reached by the easy access pathway. One of the areas is on level ground, with rubber safety surfacing and is surrounded by a fence, but can be accessed through a level gateway. The other is on a small incline with a bark surface which makes the ground underfoot more uneven.

Additional play opportunities at Shorne Woods Country Park will soon be available thanks to funding of £235,000 from a Public Health COVID-19 recovery fund. Supplementing the existing play spaces already available, the brand-new play area, designed and installed by contractors Playdale, will include several carefully considered inclusive elements such as:

  • an ability swing
  • easy access ramps
  • an in-ground inclusive roundabout suitable for wheelchairs
  • low level games
  • plenty of imaginative play with a play ship and train
  • 2 new climbing structures, among many other features.

The play area will also be resurfaced with recycled, rubber ‘Wetpour’ safety surfacing. The all-weather, impact absorbing surfacing helps prevent injuries while children are playing.

A large slide and climbing structure in the current play area is also being replaced as part of the works.

All of the improvements have been designed to improve free access to health and wellbeing activities and to stimulate challenging, creative and sociable play. The work is due to be completed by the end of May 2022 and complements the existing wetlands, woodland, meadows, and picnic areas available at Shorne Woods Country Park.

Toilets

We have one unisex accessible toilet within the main visitor centre which is open at all times and also a further unisex accessible toilet in the toilet block serving the playground which is open at peak times. Both of these facilities can be reached via easy access pathways and ramps and do not require a Radar key to access them.

Toilet facilities are available at all times when the park is open to visitors, even if the café and shop are closed.