Lullingstone Country Park
Explore 460 acres of parkland in this large open space in the Darenth Valley of Kent. Located between Eynsford and Shoreham, Lullingstone contains several waymarked walking trails of varying lengths.
The park is well known for its large collection of ancient trees including oaks, beeches, hornbeams, ash and sweet chestnut, some of which are around 500 years old. Also of interest is the 15th Century Lullingstone Castle, Tom Hart Dyke's World of Garden Plants and Lullingstone Roman Villa with its spectacular mosaics and Roman wall paintings.
If you wish to continue your walk then the Darent Valley Path runs through the park along the River Darent. You can pick up the trail on the eastern side of the park near the castle. Following it south will take you to Shoreham, Otford and Sevenoaks. Head north and you will come to Horton Kirby and Dartford.
Our Eynsford Circular Walk visits Eynsford Castle ruins before taking you through the park and along the river. It's another good option for exploring the area around the park.
PostcodeDA4 0JF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The park has its own cafe in the visitor centre that serves delicious homemade food and fresh coffee. You could venture into one of the nearby villages though if you prefer. In nearby Shoreham there are two historic 16th century pubs of some note. The Kings Arms is a traditional pub with low ceilings, history on the walls and a garden area. You can find it on Church St, with a postcode of TN14 7SJ. Also on Church Street is Ye Olde George Inn. It's dog friendly and also has a great history attached to it.
There's a few good options for refreshments in Eynsford too. The Riverside Tea Room is in a great location for some afternoon tea. There's a good menu and outdoor seating for warmer days. You can find it at postcode DA4 0AE.
The Malt Shovel is another nice choice. The friendly pub does great food and also has a nice beer garden to relax in. You can find it at postcode DA4 0EP your sat navs.
The park is great for dog walking so you'll probably see plenty of other owners on your visit. There are lots of off lead areas but you are asked to keep them on leads around the car park, café and play area. There is a tap for dog drinking water at the main entrance to the visitor centre and drinking bowls are provided by the café.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just a couple of miles to the south east there's nearby Kemsing where you can explore the Kemsing Downs Nature Reserve. It's a lovely place for a walk with ancient woodland, bluebells, wildlife and more tremendous views from its elevated location.