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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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  • It was okay for a quickish walk with dogs but not that big to be honest and only went there because close to where we were staying. Went back on weekend and absolutely packed so turned around and came...  more »
  • Much larger than it first appears. Wooded area to shelter up on a rainy day (it was) and so many squirrels we were almost tripping over them much to the delight of the children. Some wide paths for bi...  more »
  • Great for walking or jogging. Big open spaces and wooded areas. Pick blackberries or collect conkers in late summer/autumn. Small player area for children with rocks to scramble over and a balance bea...  more »
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  • Great for walking or jogging. Big open spaces and wooded areas. Pick blackberries or collect conkers in late summer/autumn. Small player area for children with rocks to scramble over and a balance beam.
  • Iwould not take my Csravan to Packwood House. The parking spaces would not accommodate the size of a caravan.
  • Great place for all dogs, flat land and hills, long grass and short plus a eonderful free picking orchard!
  • Nice open space, ideal for walking the dog or just to enjoy the peace and solitude.
  • Excellent. Very peaceful place to sit, walk and enjoy.

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