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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 »
  • Great for walking or jogging. Big open spaces and wooded areas. Pick blackberries or collect conkers in late summer/autumn. Great slopes for sledging in winter. Beautiful bluebells in the copse in spring. Small play area for children with rocks to scramble over and a balance beam.
  • Such large swathes of green adjacent to a very busy A2. You hardly notice the urgency of the people commuting to and from work. Some fantastic walks to be had. Beautiful pastures for horses besides stumbling on a lovely patch of bluebells under dappled light. At the highest point, you could get some lovely shots of sunset, weather permitting!
  • We occasionally walk the dogs here. Good spot with excellent views of the M25 and adjoining roads. Watch for the horses in the small fields if your dog is likely to be interested in them. Good parking which is free. Entrance road has vicious speed bumps.
  • Lovely park to walk your dog, but please dog walkers, pick up your dog poo even in long grass as not all of us keep to the paths😠, & put your poo bags in the bins provided not thrown into the bushes.
  • Lovely place, great for kids, dogs, adults. Good for walking, jogging, cycling or horse riding. Lots of open space and woods, fallen trees great climbing challenge for kids. Loads to explore. Free parking at the bottom of the park- the gate closes at 5pm. Good size picnic area if you want to sit at the table.
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