GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

High Elms Country Park

2 miles (4 km)

Enjoy the woodlands, nature centre, ice well, formal gardens and wildflower meadows in this 250 acre country park in Orpington. You'll also find the Clock House, Grade II listed building and the attractive Yew avenue (created 1896) in this varied and interesting park.
Chelsfield rail station is about a mile from the park but there are also car parks at the park.
The Cudham Circular Walk passes through the park so you can pick up this trail to extend your walking in the area. The circular walk takes you through the woodland and farmland surrounding Cudham and Downe in Bromley.
You could also pick up the long distance London Loop which takes you on a tour of the city's best parks, gardens and historic sites. If you head a short distance to west it will take you to Hayes Common and Keston Common where there's some nice woodland trails and good dog walking opportunites.


BR6 7JH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

High Elms Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

High Elms Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head west to the the Fox Inn for refreshments after your walk (postcode: BR2 6BQ). The pub sits next to Keston Common and includes a nice large beer garden to relax in during the summer months.
Just to the east there's the village of Green Street Green where you'll find The Rose and Crown. They do a fine Sunsay roast which you can enjoy in the lovely large garden. You can find them at postcode BR6 6BT for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The park is a popular place for dog walkers so you'll probably see other owners on your visit. The Royal Oak mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Green Street Green Circular skirts the eastern edge of the park. The route runs for 7 miles visiting Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks page.


Kentish Orchard in High Elms Country Park - - 994679

Kentish Orchard in the late summer of 2008. The park covers 250 acres of countryside combined with a 150 acre golf course that together form the High Elms estate, originally the country home of the Lubbock family. In the 1840's Sir John Lubbock II developed the new house and grounds in a classical Italian style with tree's collected from around the world. His son Lord Avebury was one of the foremost public figures of his day and was responsible for the Open Spaces act (1896) which enabled his former estate to be transferred to Bromley Council in 1965, as a Green Belt open space. Unfortunately the house was destroyed by fire, but some of the formal gardens survived and are still maintained. This is a model orchard in the old walled gardens.

Formal Garden in High Elms Country Park - - 1006191

Formal Garden in High Elms Country Park. Known as the Lubbock Garden, due to the original owners of the estate

High Elms - - 3359696

High Elms lawn and trees

High Elms Estate - - 3094900

Near the golf course

A High Elms Pond - - 3094935

A High Elms Pond

Grotto At High Elms Country Park



GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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