Darenth Country Park, Dartford
Categories: Nature & Parks
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.Use our Dartford trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Darenth Country Park and other attractions in Dartford.
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This park is hidden away quite well. As a resident of Dartford for a number of years I was surprised when my wife suggested a afternoon out. There is a lot of parking which is free. There are a number... read more »
Decided to visit this park for the first time for a bit of a walk and to check out whether it would be worth coming back with kids when they come to visit. The answer I would say is no, there was very... read more »
There's plenty of parking here and pedestrian entrances at the top, middle and bottom. There is also a picnic area and children's play area that doesn't allow dogs. I often jog around the park with my... read more »
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.
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