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Betteshanger Park, Deal

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Betteshanger Country Park is near Deal, in Kent, England.HistoryThis 365acre park is situated on the site of a former spoil tip of the former Betteshanger Colliery, one of the largest collieries in Kent. The colliery opened in 1924–30 and closed in 1989. The spoil tip was located to the north east of the former colliery. The original area (before the spoil tip) was known as Foulmead Marsh and the community (with help from Dover District Council) chose the name of the new park to be Fowlmead (Fowl – "bird", Mead - "meadow"). In May 2015, it was announced that the Hadlow Group had acquired Fowlmead and would be rebranding the park as Betteshanger Country Park, as part of the wider Betteshanger Sustainable Parks regeneration program.Fowlmead Country Park and Nature Reserve was initially developed under the management of the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) with £18.8 million funding from English Partnerships, as part of the National Coalfields Programme(NCP). It was opened in May 2007 by Sir David Bellamy, in association with Sport England.The existing visitor centre was part-funded by SEEDA and Sport England. The surface material of the entire park (shale from the colliery) was mixed with recycled green waste and fertiliser to create a rich topsoil and 130,000 shrubs and trees were planted.
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  • A superb place to visit, built on the site of the former Betteshanger mine. Now home to nature trails, on and off road (vehicle free) cycle paths and a soon to open mining heritage museum. This is a g...  more »
  • Great place for a bike ride with plenty of tracks suitable for all ages and skills,very reasonable bike hire prices and parking costs. Lots of nice views if surrounding area too.  more »
  • Visited today with my three year old son and 17 month old daughter. We like country parks, as you can generally have a nice walk about in the great outdoors. Well, you can't at this one unless you wan...  more »
  • Great for a walk and even better for a bike ride, the bikes are cheap to hire but are a bit rubbish, kids had a great time.... £8 each for 2 hours.... they are building a new visitors centre which will improve things massively. £2 for parking
  • Very good place to to walk and to cycle with a tarmac track and several mountain bike tracks for all experiences. You can hire bikes for £5 an hour with a free helmet the restaurant serves good food at reasonable prices with the car park at £3 max pay at machine before you leave just enter your registration number it tells you how much you need to pay add money job done have a lovely day.
  • Lovely park but don't pay till your ready to leave, I had to pay twice. Looks like theres a lot of work been done there. I couldn't figure out if the showers worked
  • Fun day out on bicycles with the grandkids. (Bicycles hired by us, own for kids). A bit bumpy for granny!
  • Stunning Walks, Bike Hire, Cycle Routes, Archery to name but a few things to do