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Stockgrove Country Park, Heath and Reach

(4.1/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • There are some nice woodland walks but the facilities are much more basic than at the main Rushmere site (this also extends to the limited signposting to Stockgrove). We came on to Stockgrove as the c...  more »
  • A walk in the country is always nice especially away from cars. This small country park is pleasant enough but too many dog walkers when we were there. 
  • There is an argument that to keep things as natural as possible where parks are concerned but that sometimes draws close to unkempt and overgrown and possibly stagnant. I cant believe there are any fi...  more »
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  • Spent a very pleasant day here today. Lovely for children and doggies. Good food and service at the cafe next to the car park (£2 for the day payable on exit). Toilets very clean - in fact they were cleaner than the loos I went to at M&S yesterday!
  • Alright for a short walk. Cafe is alright. Not much space for parking. Path is mostly flat but stray away and it's all uneven. Rushmere is better
  • Nice park to spend the day - can bring a picnic or eat at the cafe. There's a good playground for the kids, the museum is small but interesting and there's usually an interesting special exhibit on during the school holidays
  • Amazing place, hidden gem with excellent views and amazing walks through the forests.
  • Lovely place to walk and great coffee in the cafe.