White Horse Wood Country Park, Maidstone

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White Horse Wood is a recently created English country park near Thurnham to the north of Maidstone, Kent. Located within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the park is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.OverviewWhite Horse Wood is Kent's newest country park, created as a Millennium project to replace the ancient woodland on top of the North Downs. It is managed by Kent County Council. The site hosts the medieval ruins of Thurnham Castle and also traces of an Iron Age settlement. The 26-hectare site was purchased by Kent County Council specifically to create the park.Over 20,000 trees have been planted at the site including oak, ash, silver birch, wild cherry and crab apple. Five hectares of land has been seeded to create an area of open grassland. The Kent County Agricultural Society has a plot in the wood where it has planted 1,200 specifically Kent-grown trees, including oak, ash, hornbeam and crab apple.In 2009, EDF Energy replaced an overhead electricity cable running through the park with underground cabling to help restore the natural look of the area.The North Downs Way passes through the southern border of the park, between Detling and Broad Street.
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  • Visited here after passing every day on the way to work. What a lovely country park. We parked up which cost around £2 and walked our dog around the park! It was very hilly so probably wouldn't be goo...  more »
  • Well organised park. The views are great. It is located at the top of Detling Hill so it overlooks a large area. Relatively big park but not many trails. Maybe 2 miles worth of well-maintained trails....  more »
  • Nice little country park for a short visit. Car park is a quid during the week or park in the lane nearby for free. Lots of information boards with maps showing walking routes etc. Picnic tables near ...  more »
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  • Lovely place for some nice country walks. Plenty of parking, £1.20 during the week and £1.50 at weekends, so very reasonable.
  • A spectacular view it will shock u.
  • Nice quiet location close to Maidstone, quite a short walk but you can go out onto the Downs and go a lot further, some lovely views.
  • Plenty of parking spaces with well made paths suitable for a push chair or wheel chair. No on site amenities though (including no toilet) but lots of space for picnics
  • Highly accessible walks with great views and plenty of picnic spots. The only down side is that it is not very big

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