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High Elms Country Park, Bromley

Categories: Nature & Parks
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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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  • Ok but not great. Cafe ok. Ok for younger children not really interesting less you own a dog. Car parking is ok if you plan to visit for about half a day proving you get an early start. 
  • Had many days out here, with friends, family and young kids. Its a great place for a picnic in the summer or a wintry stroll in the winter. 
  • I used to live close to this park, but haven't been since the kids were small. I popped in with my camera and had a lovely stroll around the park. Parking is free, very unusual in this day and age. Cl...  read more »
  • Lovely place, free parking, nice cafe and great walks. If you have a dog, this place is perfect for you to take them to walk, socialise with other dogs and to roam around without being stuck on their lead.
  • My first visit and it was lovely. Once we got away from the car park area it was very empty and our dog really loved it.
  • Open all year round and often till gone four even on sundays. Has a good menu but quite often they are sold out of stuff later in the day.
  • The best for dog walkers with well behaved dogs as my dog can talk to them all without a problem it's good to chat even if you are a dog
  • My toddler loved the nature trail and running round when the old m mansion used to be
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