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Capstone Farm Country Park
Capstone Farm Country Park covers 114 hectares of former
farmland set on the North Downs. There is a variety of habitats
within the park, including ancient woodlands, old orchards, a
freshwater lake, meadows and hedgerows. The park is typical of the
rolling landscape of the North Downs and many of the woods and
hedgerows are hundreds of years old.
The woodlands are managed in the traditional manner of
coppicing. Examples of this can be seen throughout the park, in
particular at Drow Hill Wood. Coppicing creates a wide diversity of
age in the trees and encourages a greater variety of wildlife to
inhabit the wood. The grasslands are still farmed with cattle
grazing in some fields.
Hay meadows are cut in summer once the wealth of meadow
wildflowers has set seed.
- children's play areas
- cafe (open 10am to 4pm/5pm in the summer)
- picnic facilities
- accessible toilet facilities (open 10am to 5pm)
- baby change facilities (open 10am to 5pm)
- an accessible visitor centre (open 10am to 4.30pm)
- car and coach parking (open 8.30am, see
- a ranger
- an events programme for adults and children. Visit Medway
to find out what is going on.
- fishing lake (a day ticket is required - £9.50 per adult, £6.00
- horse riding trail
- a mountain bike trail (5km)
- running trail (10km)
- way marked walking trails (3km/5km/10km)
- a youth hostel nearby (phone 01634 400788)
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The Country Park is open all year round (except Christmas
Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
Green Flag Award
Capstone Farm Country Park has received a Green Flag Award, the
national standard for quality parks and green spaces. Winners are
judged to be welcoming and well-maintained, with the support and
involvement of the local community.