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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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  • This is a wonderful place to see some of the best highlights in Kent. See the Bluebells in spring or watch the wild life. There is a cafe on site that is a good place to finish your walk around the wo...  more »
  • Just a lovely place to get your teens away from their phones and in some fresh air. Space to kick a football about, woods to explore and walk around and a lovely cafe for a bite to eat and a drink. A ...  more »
  • Perfect place to visit with friends/family for a big picnic and a game of rounders! Big enough to find a space to sit and enjoy the beauty of nature without being disturbed by others. For the more ene...  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.