High Elms Country Park, Bromley

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High Elms Country Park is an extensive 250acre public park on the North Downs in Farnborough in the London Borough of Bromley. It is a Local Nature Reserve, and together with the neighbouring Downe Bank, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The park surrounds High Elms Golf Course, and has extensive woodland, chiefly oak and beech, chalk meadows and formal gardens. It also has a cafe, a visitor centre, nature and history trails and car parks.The rangers of the Bromley Countryside Service, who manage borough owned parks, are based at the park.There is access from High Elms Road and Shire Lane.HistoryThe history of the High Elms estate can be traced back to the Norman Conquest, when it was given by William the Conqueror to his half-brother, Odo, bishop of Bayeux. In the early nineteenth century it was acquired by the Lubbock family, and in 1840 the astronomer and banker, Sir John Lubbock, 3rd Baronet inherited it on the death of his father. He built a grand new mansion in the Italian style. He became a friend of Charles Darwin, who lived nearby at Down House, and Lubbock's son, the fourth baronet, also called John Lubbock and later Baron Avebury, was a close friend of Darwin and frequent visitor to Down House from his childhood.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Beautiful anytime of the day. Especially early evening as the sun is going down. Ideal for picnics, walks and games during the day. Even good for runners who like a challenge with some of the uphill t...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Fab place for walking dogs, great little cafe lovely coffee. Good place for families various walks all signposted, easy to follow routes, Friendly word of caution do not stray onto golf course.......  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    Had breakfast here with my son and grandson. Grandson loved all the dogs the walkers brought along and the food was really good. Coffee was excellent.  more »
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  • An absolute gem of a place with substantial history, 30 min to 3 hour trails, a decent cafe with outdoor seating and an informative education centre that's not just for the kiddies.
  • A wonderful park for walking and exploring, for all ages. Check out the Green Roof cafĂ© as well for excellent food at very reasonable prices
  • Great family friendly cafe, fun place to explore with kids. Green open spaces and deep dark woods. Love it!
  • On a hot summer's day a stroll through the shady woods is lovely!
  • Nice place to go for a walk or picnic There is also cafe and toliet onsite. You do need a car to get here unless you going walking a lot.

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