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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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  • Where do I start?! Trosley country park offers so much... Many, varied walks - from an easy, flat meander to a more challenging hike down to the Coldrum Stones and back up again! Routes are marked to ...  more »
  • Excellent park for walking. Lots of dogs, areas fro children and a very good café. parking is charged for and weekends and bank holidays it gets very busy! early morning walks through the woods are mo...  more »
  • Park has a play area and cafe by the car park and then a long trail to walk. Was clean. Not too busy. Lovely country park  more »
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  • Lots of great routes through the woods with a nice visitor centre selling refreshments. There's also a small play area next to the main car park. They have a exercise activities around the routes as well. Last time I visited they had put down a lot of stones on the main path. This has made it very buggy unfriendly!
  • Sitting atop of the Kent downs this large country park offers great views. There is car parking available and a cafe. The walks are well marked, with large flat paths or more hilly paths for the more adventurous. A popular place for dog walkers.
  • Well maintained country park that runs along part of the Pilgrims Way. Fantastic views across kent even on a partly cloudy day. Good for dog walkers and families with young children alike. Now that the paths have been widened in places, levelled and laid with a hard surface, accessible for wheel chairs, push chairs and easier to use for the mobility impaired. Good facilities including clean toilets, well stocked cafe with home made cakes, essy to park, many doggy poo bins along the walks and benches en route. I loved this place as a child and have visited it ever since.
  • Great for all types of walking wether a slow stroll or rough trail walking. Don't forget to visit the Bluebell cafe fantastic sandwiches and excellent staff.
  • Perfect location for walking the dog hikers and fitness or just a peaceful sunday afternoon walk.

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