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Stockgrove Country Park, Heath and Reach

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Stockgrove Country Park is located in England on the Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire border in the parish of Heath and Reach. Stockgrove Park's 80 acres is part of the larger 400 acre woods called Rushmere Park, managed by the Greensand Trust. The Greensand Trust manages this area comprising Rushmere (200 acres), Stockgrove (80 acres), Oak Wood (100 acres) and Rammamere and parts of Kings Wood. Stockgrove was opened to the public in 1972 and Rushmere is the newest addition to the Estate, opened in 2011. The largest of the lakes features the remains of a boathouse that burned down in 1963 – only its brick arches are left. Mandarin ducks took up residence in 1997 and have bred there ever since. The park is partly in the Kings and Bakers Woods and Heaths Site of Special Scientific Interest.Stockgrove EstateThe park was originally part of the Stockgrove Estate based at a house in the Buckinghamshire parish of Soulbury. Edwin Hanmer bought the Stock Grove Farm estate in 1792, and the family enlarged the estate by buying Bragenham Manor in 1852. The politician Henry Hanmer lived at Stockgrove Park. From 1928 to 1949 the estate was owned by Sir Michael Kroyer-Kielberg (1882–1958). He commissioned the architect William Curtis Green to design and build a new house, and re-landscaped the parkland. During the Second World War the estate was used by the Army. From the 1950s the house was used as a school for children with special educational needs, run first by London County Council, then by the Inner London Education Authority, and finally by the London Borough of Camden until the school closed in 1994.
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  • We as a family have always loved Stock Grove ( now changed its name to Rushmere County Park ) beautiful surrounding, wonderful for picnics, many different paths to walk(some very steep) luckily on the...  more »
  • Over the years we have visited Stockgrove Park many times, an absolute paradise for dog-walkers. The sun was out this morning (a Saturday) and we bought our Yorkshire Terrier, Alfie, with us. You have...  more »
  • A superb facility with walks available into distant woodland or along accessible paths. You can walk over to Rushmere Park for more trails and a cafe with lovely views. We love the cafe at Stockgrove ...  more »
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  • This place was fantastic! My three and five year old loved the fairy door trail, park and all of the outdoor space. The scenery is breathtaking and extensive. The visitors centre is very informative and helpful with pleasant staff. There is plenty of parking and relevant facilities for all needs. We'll be back again very soon and this place is now on our list of fun things to do in the holidays.
  • Great day out. Lovely walks, good cafe, very dog friendly. Some bike and horse trails too. Plenty of things for kids to explore.
  • Great for a Sunday stroll. Better maps around the walk would be useful so make sure you pick up a map from the shop before you head out.
  • Beautiful location especially when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom. The tea room is an ideal place for watching the herons build their nests
  • We visited this wonderful mystery land of fairy doors and creatures, our 2yr old girl was mesmerised by the wildlife features and wood carvings along the trails. The park and woodland is huge with miles to walk, impressively large picnic area for bbq's and close to amenities for family gatherings, the grounds are very well maintained, with good parking areas. The scenary and trees are truly beautiful, with amazing views. Highly recommended place to visit!