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Mote Park, Maidstone

Categories: Nature & Parks
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Mote Park is a 440acre multi-use public park in Maidstone, Kent. Previously a country estate it was converted to landscaped park land at the end of the 18th century before becoming a municipal park. It includes the former stately home Mote House together with a miniature railway, pitch and putt golf course and a boating lake. The park has also been used as a cricket ground for the Kent County Cricket Club. The house is set in 450acre of garden landscape and consists of 85 houses and apartments. The park is maintained by Maidstone Borough Council with support from the Mote Park Fellowship, a group of volunteers.HistoryThe park's name is derived from 'moot' or 'mote' in Old English meaning "a place of assembly". Its proximity to nearby Penenden Heath (the site of shire moots during the Middle Ages) indicates that it may once have formed part of an administrative region in central Kent.In the 13th century, the "mote" lands were incorporated into the manor of local landowners and a manor house in the area of the present-day park is described as being castellated (or fortified) with emparked grounds. This is believed to indicate the area was used as one of the earliest deer parks in Kent.
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  • Despite the £1 parking charge, more park has plenty to do. It's such a well kept, nice park and we discovered a lovely little bike pump track has been dug up behind the rugby pitches which looks as th...  read more »
  • Hard to write anything bad when somewhere has views like this one. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle and so much fun with children... Plenty to see and do with the play park by the car...  read more »
  • I grew up walking home from school through Mote Park at the end of the seventies. Recently re-visited for the first time in years on a guided 'history' walk, and then on my own. Much of the park is be...  read more »
  • Very nice well looked after large park which has a large lake with beautiful views. Well worth spending a couple of hours here with free admission and parking in the pay and display only £1 for up to 6 hours. Nice clean toilets and a superb cafe offering a nice selection at a reasonable price, recommended.
  • A little busy at times, and also now have to pay for the car park, which is a shame but I guess inevitable really. A long stroll around the lake, explore the woodland or have a paddle in the lake, plenty to do on a nice sunny day. One big disappointment is the lack of dog bins around. End up walking around holding poo bags for most of the way round, until you stumble across one of the rare little bins..
  • Loved it. And really enjoyed the boat trip down the lake. It was so funny when the teachers tilled there boats and fell in the water😂😂😂
  • Great park especially since the remodeling few years ago. It has something in for everyone - kids play area, lake, walks, runs, skates, mini train rides, cafe and events. A couple entrances for car parks and few more for joggers/runners.
  • Lovely place to visit with family and dogs. Big playground area with some exercise machines for public use. Large fields where you can play with your dogs and dogs don't have to be om leads. Fantastic views on the lake with large choice of footpaths to take. Bear in mind the parking is paid now (£1 a day).
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