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Darenth Country Park, Dartford

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Darenth Country Park is in Darenth near Dartford, in Kent, England. On the site of a former demolished hospital site Darenth Park Hospital, also the site of a scheduled ancient monument and the site of ancient Saxon burials. Due to this protection it was turned into a millennium open-space park.HistoryIn 1954. General Post Office(GPO) engineers while digging a cable trench past the Hospital, cut through a Saxon grave and also recovered a late 6th century silver gilt square headed brooch and parts of a bronze howl. These finds were then given to the British Museum to research and store.In 1978, 'Dartford & District Archaeological Group' excavated a trench on the site, before a planning application was made by Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers Ltd. for chalk extraction on the site. This trench found an ancient Saxon burial ground (5th century), with 12 Saxon graves, as well as various artefacts (including a spearhead, brooches and a glass bowl) from the period. The glass bowl is now known as the 'Darenth bowl' (which is known to be dedicated to St. Rufinus of Soissons c.450 A.D.), is now in Dartford Borough Museum. The graves were then deemed important enough to be scheduled as an Ancient Monument.The hospital buildings were then demolished in 1995. The new Darent Valley Hospital was built on part of the site. Then a 'village' of 300 new houses was also built on a portion and the remaining 100 acres became the Darenth Country Park. The only surviving building is the former 'Darenth Park Hospital Farm', which is now used as a riding school. Arrow Riding School for the disabled.
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  • Perfect quick stop place for a dog walk. The grounds are well maintained and dog walkers ars friendly. Prime location. Amazing green area with pathways and woods. I reccomend.  more »
  • We went on an Expedition cruise to Antarctica with Hurtigruten. Like all trips it had good and not so good points but they do emphasise that what occurs is weather dependent. The flight to Santiago wi...  more »
  • A large country park just to have a pleasant walk, not or cycle. Hilly in places. Explore the woods. Small children's play area. Lots of dog walkers. See horses in the fields.  more »
  • Beautiful, quite and relaxing. Amazed to see those trees full of apples and many more. Had a lovely time.
  • Very small country park but a nice view and Accessable walks
  • What a good place to relax and take in fresh air with your family
  • It may not be the largest park in the world, but the view across the valley from the top of Gore Hill is definirely hard to beat.
  • Beautiful