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White Horse Wood is a recently created English country park near Thurnham to the north of Maidstone, Kent. Located within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the park is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.
White Horse Wood is Kent's newest country park, created as a Millennium project to replace the ancient woodland on top of the North Downs. It is managed by Kent County Council. The site hosts the medieval ruins of Thurnham Castle and also traces of an Iron Age settlement. The 26-hectare site was purchased by Kent County Council specifically to create the park.
Over 20,000 trees have been planted at the site including oak, ash, silver birch, wild cherry and crab apple. Five hectares of land has been seeded to create an area of open grassland. The Kent County Agricultural Society has a plot in the wood where it has planted 1,200 specifically Kent-grown trees, including oak, ash, hornbeam and crab apple.
In 2009, EDF Energy replaced an overhead electricity cable running through the park with underground cabling to help restore the natural look of the area.
The North Downs Way passes through the southern border of the park, between Detling and Broad Street. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to White Horse Wood Country Park by using our Maidstone travel route planner.
White Horse Wood Country Park reviews
We complete a 5+ mile walk. On site is £1.70 for parking at the weekend (£1.20 during week) You can park free in some areas close by. The parking height restriction for White Horse Wood Country...
We complete a 5+ mile walk. On site is £1.70 for parking at the weekend (£1.20 during week) You can park free in some areas close by. The parking height restriction for White Horse Wood Country... more »
Small country park, you don’t need much longer than an hour and a half to walk around and easily see it all. Pleasant to walk around. Wasn’t very busy compared to the nearby Mote Park.
Small country park, you don’t need much longer than an hour and a half to walk around and easily see it all. Pleasant to walk around. Wasn’t very busy compared to the nearby Mote Park. more »
Nice spot, with stunning views, but difficult to access by car, as only route in is via southbound A249.
Parking for the day was just over £1 for the day. A short walk, maybe 1 mile, unless you incorporate the field which may add a little. With good views from hilltop and a few remnants of a historic castle that are on a steep incline. A bit short for our dog as a walk off-lead though
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