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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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  • It has a good café serving meals and snacks, some interesting history, and a very good ecology centre, ideal for children and adults. There are some good walks through the woods, and one can find one'...  more »
  • We live around 5 minutes from High Elms and regularly use it for all sorts of activities. From running, walking the dog, tree climbing for the kids, watching the bees at the cafe while you have an ice...  more »
  • High elms is a lovely country park, but central to so many other places. Perfect place for dog walking. A few points of history around and lots of lovely walks through the woodlands. There is now a ca...  more »
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  • Great Family area with lots of woodlands and walking areas with a superb Café on site. Beautiful English Countryside
  • Lovely country walk and the Beeche café is worth a visit.
  • Great for all ages. While there is a cafe, you can take a picnic and spend a few hours in the garden, aboritum, forest etc. There are holiday time family activities which are charged but run by knowledgeable and fun leaders. Term time they do school trips - the grufalo hunt is popular!
  • Lovely place for the family. Delightful Cafe by pond. A must to visit
  • 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.