Welcome to Relax and enjoy Visitor centre What you will see The clay pit area
Shorne Woods There are many ways to enjoy your recreation time.
Picnic and play areas
Our eco-friendly Visitor Centre is the focal point for
information to help you make the most of your visit. Please
come to the reception area where staff will be happy to help.
Around the Visitor Centre, we have the remains of the old
clay pits. Here we have naturally seeded silver birch with
oak seedlings growing up behind them.
Shorne Woods is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) The main picnic area is situated within the old clay pit A large amount of the park remains as ancient semi-natural
around the two play areas.One of the play areas is designed In the Autumn this
within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. woodland. These are areas that have been wooded for over
especially for older children up to 16 years of age, the other area is filled with
There are a wide variety of natural habitats to enjoy 400 years and include our tallest and oldest trees. You can
a more traditional one for younger visitors. fungi - look out
throughout all seasons of the year and nearly 300 acres of see sweet chestnut trees, with their twisted trunks and
for the red and
park to enjoy, explore and exercise in. Trim trail and orienteering towering oaks,some of which are up to 200 years old.
white Fly Agaric.
We have a permanent wayfaring course and orienteering These are home to many birds including three types of
Much of this area
The Park was historically packs are available from the Visitor Centre. The trim trail is woodpecker and also a wide variety of insects. The grazed
also floods in the
part of the pleasure grounds located along the Easy Access Trail,and both of these Knoll is an area of open grassland. This is our rarest habitat,
of the Cobham Hall Estate . facilities are suitable for all abilities. and known as wood pasture.
From the 1920s to the
Fishing Walk the Orange
1970s, clay extraction for Between 2003-2008, clearance of the extremely invasive
There are two well stocked fishing lakes and day tickets are or Purple Trail to
the local cement industr y Facilities and information available from the centre include: Rhododendron took place. This plant was originally
available from the Baliff. An EA rod licence is required - for Coppice woodland explore this area.
occurred. The old clay pits introduced by the Victorians to line carriage rides which
created the flat,grassy areas more information visit the Visitor Centre. y Local information relevant to the Park, including circular crossed the Park. Over the years the Rhododendron spread
walk routes In Brewers and Randall Woods, much of the woodland is Ponds and
that are now home to the and by 2003 had completely suffocated over one fifth of the sweet chestnut coppice. The trees are cut or coppiced e very
Waymarked trails wetlands
picnic and play areas,Visitor y Car parking permits for sale - these cover all KCC woodland. The clearance has opened up large areas 15-25 years, and from the stumps multiple stems/trunks
There are a series of clearly waymarked trails to help you
Centre and car park. Prior Country Parks previously hidden from view. These areas will be allowed to The park has two
explore. These range from a 1km easy trail to routes that grow. This wood is then used to heat the Visitor Centre in
to this, the whole of the extend beyond the park. y Fishing information - opening times and disabled access naturally return to woodland, bringing with it all of the our woodchip boiler, sold as firewood from the fishing lakes,which
Park would have been associated species such as bluebells and wood anemones. Visitor Centre or used to edge paths around the park. This are stocked with a
y Disabled access information - including free Tramper
covered by ancient Visitors with impaired mobility training and bookings regular cutting maintains the valuable coppice habitat in wide variety of
woodland. There is an Easy Access which small mammals, flowers and insects thrive. Walk freshwater fish.
Trail suitable for prams y Shop with seasonal themes - recycled products,firewood
through our coppice woodland in spring and you will see There is also a
The Park opened in 1987, having been purchased by KCC in and wheelchairs that also logs and locally produced compost
bluebells, wood anemones and celandines. network of ponds
1982. In 2001, Randall and Brewers Woods were also has many rest areas. y Interpretation area on ground floor - see how much throughout the
purchased. A Heritage Lottery funded project has supported There are two Tramper energy we are generating
mobility vehicles that are The areas of coppice are linked by woodland rides. These site that are home
access and nature conservation work to enable us to open y Café serving delicious snacks and meals using locally wide corridors through dense woodlands allow light to reach to an abundance of
available free on loan -
these areas up to the public in June 2008. visit the Visitor centre to produced and organic ingredients. the forest floor all year round. These greatly increase the very important
find out more. y School visit information - how to get in contact with our diversity of the woodlands as well as pr oviding corridors wildlife. In
A new Visitor Centre championing sustainable technologies Education Officer through the woods that enable birds,butterflies and insects summer, if you look carefully, you may spot great crested
and construction was opened in 2006. Horse riders and cyclists to flourish. newts in the water, and at dusk bats can be seen skimming
We have an extensive Horse/Cycle Route within the Park y Events and
over the surface of the water feeding on insects. Grass
The woodlands are managed in an environmentally friendl y that links up with routes beyond as well. Nature Club
information for The way to snakes can often be seen gliding across the ponds and also
way and have achieved Forest Stewardship Certification. see these common lizards basking in the sunshine near to the ponds.
All routes and trails are marked on the map in this leaflet. the forthcoming
The site has also been season woodland
designated as a SSSI by habitats is to The park is run by our own team of specialists in countryside
Natural England, please Dog owners y Private
We welcome responsible dog owners and to ensure the follow the Red management who follow carefully administered plans to conserve
help us to protect this room hire
enjoyment of all park users, we have two clearly signed information - Route or and enhance this beautiful place . Why not offer some of your
environmentally sensitive zones.The clay pit area around the main facilities is the 'dogs Explorer Trail. time as a volunteer to help us with this work and learn more
landscape. on leads zone',although we naturally ask that wherever you available about looking after the world we live in?
are in the park dogs are kept under control and owners
clean up after them.
Facilities How to get here
Shorne Education A landscape shaped by Hall estate until the early 1980s. An existing trackway
leading to the Hall was planted some 200 years ago with
newly introduced rhododendron and azaleas. It became
Shorne Woods Country Park is open every day (except Shorne Woods Country Park labour and leisure known as the
Christmas Day) from 9.00 a.m.until dusk and the exact offers a broad range of
environmental education designed Everywhere that you walk in the Park, you will see signs of Avenue and visitors
closing times are shown on entrance signs.
to compliment and consolidate the people who used the land in the past. Our earliest came from miles
A pay and display car park operates throughout the classroom activities. With evidence for their activities is pieces of flint shaped into around to stroll its
year, seven days per week. Please contact our qualified staff and excellent useful tools thousands of years ago. Lots of these have been length. You can still
Visitor Centre about charges and annual permits. facilities,it is the ideal place to found on the high heath,where they were made before being follow its route today.
Overhead height barriers are in place; coaches and bring your group. Activities are available for all age groups used for hunting in the
horse boxes by prior arrangement only. covering subjects including habitats and sustainability. Shorne marsh below. An earth Over the last hundred
Woods Country Park is cur rently the only KCC site offering mound on the heath, years, the land has An early photograph of the Rhododendron
The toilets are open the same hours as the Park, known as a ‘round barrow’, changed dramatically in Avenue
Forest School,a series of practical,hands-on activities that
the entrance is on the outside of the Visitor may have been a burial for places. Quiet
Centre. The disabled toilet contains a nappy- help to build confidence and self esteem through small
achievable tasks. an important prehistoric woodland with elegant carriages car rying their owners along
changing facility. By car person. formal drives gave way to the noise of workmen shouting
Signposted off the A2 between Gravesend and
Learning isn't just for kids above the grind of clay extraction machiner y. The remains of
Our eco-friendly Visitor Centre is open all year - Rochester at the Cobham/Shorne junction.
Summer (April to September):10 am to 5 pm We have a wide range of organised events for children and Important people also made this industry, which completely took away a high hill, can be
Winter (October to March):11 am to 4 pm By bus the whole family. These range from guided walks and holiday their home here. The seen near the Visitor Centre. During WWII, the drone of
Winter weekends & school holidays:10 am to 4 pm Red Route 416/417 service between Meopham,Sole activities for children to music and Hallo ween events. To find medieval site of Randall enemy bombers along the Thames estuary must have awoken
Street, Higham and Gravesend runs Monday to out more about these , pick up an events leaflet from the Manor, nestled in a valley, the men who lived in the RAF billet camp in the woods close
Our licensed, quality cafeteria serves a range of Saturday four times daily return. Bus stops at the Visitor Centre. was the home of Sir Henr y to the main road.Their air raid shelters still remain today.
delicious light meals and snacks all year. Where park entrance. Enquiries to KCC travel service de Cobham, Sheriff of Kent
possible, locally produced and organic ingredients telephone 0871 2002233 or telephone Red Route in 1314. Only the All this history can be seen on our Heritage Trail. The Park
are used.Homemade specials are available. Last Round barrow excavation foundations remain,which holds regular history and archaeology e vents - see our
orders 30 minutes before the Visitor Centre
directly on 01474 353896.
Sustainability archaeologists have
excavated over the last few years with the help of local
events leaflet for details.
Regular services from London and Kent to volunteers. You can still see the banks of a very old road
Meopham, Sole Street, Gravesend and Higham. All The eco-friendly Visitor Centre opened in July 2006, its
nearby, known as a hollow-way, which may be even older
stations served by taxis and Red Route 416/417 innovative design conforms to sustainable construction
principles.Some of the sweet chestnut timber in the building than the Manor. It was described as "an ancient waie" in
buses. For rail enquiries telephone 0845 7484950. 1614!
was actually from Shorne Woods Country Park. The other
s Be safe - plan ahead and follow any signs By foot timbers used were oak,larch and western red cedar. All the
s Leave gates and property as you find them Shorne Woods Country Park is located on Brewers materials were as locally sourced as possible to minimise the The present Cobham Hall was begun in the 16th century,
s Protect plants and animals,and take your litter Road adjacent to the A2 between Gravesend and transport and associated emissions. but earlier versions may have been built on the same spot by
home Rochester. It is a short stroll from Shorne Village. the de Cobham family. The Park was part of the Cobham
s Keep dogs under control There are many 'green' features of the building including a
Shorne Woods Country Park,Brewers Road, wind turbine, solar panels and a biodigester. All these Above:Cannon firing
s Consider other people
Shorne, Kent DA12 3HX technologies are helping us to reduce our carbon footprint at history event
and lessen our impact on the Right: Volunteers
environment. helping at
Fax:01474 823620 archaeological dig
E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on the Left:19th century
Details correct at time of going to press - April 2008.
building itself, please ask for photograph of carriage
This leaflet is printed on 75% recycled paper
the building leaflet. in the park
Easy Access Trail
A 1km circular trail through birch woodland,
lakes and grassy glades.
FINDING YOUR W AROUND SHORNE WOODS
Easy Access Extension
Direct routes to the Knoll view point and
Randall Manor from the Easy Access Trail.
An easy – medium route , 1.4km long,taking
45 mins. The walk takes in the fishing lakes,
meadows,and follows the edge of the
A medium – difficult route , 3.1km long,
taking about 1hr 15mins. The route follows
the Purple Route, but then turns off to take
in the Knoll view point,Cardiac Hill and the
A difficult route, 6km long. The route
follows some challenging terrain,but takes
in the sites best wild flowers,fungi and
A medium – difficult route , 3.5km long,
taking about 1hr 30mins. The route
explores the history and archeology of
the park from 6000 years ago to the
This is a 3km circular route , with
extensions that link to permissive bridle
ways outside the park. It is a fairly
adventurous route for cyclists. Horse box
parking is available by arrangement.
The Darnley Trail
The Darnley Trail is a circular route for pedestrians,cyclists and
equestrians that links Shorne Woods Country Park with several key
sites south of the A2, over a distance of approximately 10km. The
Darnley Trail takes in Cobham Park,Ranscombe Farm Reserve,
Ashenbank Wood and Jeskyns,with several entry points & various
short cuts that make up a varied and interesting network.Horse box
parking is available at Shorne Woods Country Park by arrangement,
telephone 01474 823800.