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Trosley Country Park, Meopham
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Trosley Country Park is in Trottiscliffe, near Vigo, in Kent, England. Once part of a large woodland estate then after many changes, it was passed to Kent County Council, who turned it into a large country park.HistoryThe country park was once part of the Trosley Towers Estate.In 1870, Sir Sydney Waterlow, 1st Baronet bought large areas of land including the village of Fairseat (near Stansted, Kent - 1 mile west of Trottiscliffe), a major section of Stanstead as well as other pieces of land from Wrotham (2 miles south of Trottiscliffe) to Meopham (2 miles north of Trotiscliffe). The parts of the estate were linked by a small bridge bearing the family crest over Trottiscliffe Road (which is still in evidence today).In 1887, he built Trosley Towers on the crest of the escarpment on the North Downs, to the east of Trottiscliffe Road. Two drives approached the house, and it was surrounded by wooded grounds. Later, other private drives were constructed, including Hamilton Drive which still survives within the Trosley Country Park and runs from the site of the old House to Commority Road.When Sir Sidney died in 1906, the estate passed to his son Philip (who also became a Sir). When Philip died in 1931, the estate was sold off. Some of the houses (of the estate) were bought by tenants, one of these was Pilgrims House, (see http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1177043) with six acres of land, at the bottom of Trottiscliffe Road which went for £600. Trosley Towers and the woodlands around it, were sold to 'Mr E. E. Shahmoon' in 1935, this was also the time of the chalet building.
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  • Every time I go to Trosley Country Park I find a new trail that takes me off somewhere new. The main circuit around is suitable for pushchairs while it forms a good starting point for walks further af...  more »
  • Super country park with flat walks or you could opt for the more challenging route. Great cafe serving local produce . Sandwiches are bang on after a little jaunt. 
  • Went with some friends and 6 kids of various ages. Was really impressed with how clean and well looked after it was. And the views were to die for. Great afternoon walk, will definitely revisit. 
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  • Great for a walk and for the children to run wild, playing on the gym trail equipment. Food in the cafe was lovely, although the staff were a little overwhelmed at how busy it was!
  • Great place for walking the dogs... and the cafe is always busy...
  • Great place. Quite with lots of wooded areas and paths. With amazing views.
  • Great cafe. Soup of the day was tops!
  • Nice cafe and good walks through the woods. The views in the clearings are great and it's an accessable walk that is fairly flat for the most part with wide hard paths. Parking costs a few pounds depending on the day.