CAPSTONE COUNTRY PARK

Capstone Country Park
Gillingham, Kent
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Introduction

Capstone Farm Country Park is owned and cared for by Medway Council and has woodland, orchards, grass land and meadows covering 114 hectares of former farmland on the North Downs.  

Very popular with local dog owners and walkers making it a great place for your dog to socialise and have a run.  Free parking, information boards, signposted walks, cafe and toilets and large childrens playground make it ideal for a long or short walk.

The walk shown below takes in most of the park but there are lots of other routes and short cuts that can be taken to make the walk fit your needs and time scale.

Please note that the top carpark accessed by the road beside the ski centre only has parking.  To gain access to all the amenities please park in the bottom carpark further along Capstone Road where they can all be found around the lake.  It is also possible to walk them if you do wish to park in the more picturesque top car park.

 

Capstone Country Park - Sign Post

Parking Location

Address: Capstone Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 3JG
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General Information

The walk consists of three main areas that are partially fenced and away from main roads.

Distance: Our circular walk is around 5.0km (3 Miles)

Time:  Approx. 1.5 hour dependant on pace.

Terrain: Mixture of large open and flat grassland with meadows covering the valley which have some steep inclines.  Only unmade pathways around the park so can become muddy during the winter and wet weather.

Stiles:  None.

Dogs on leads?:  Dogs allowed off lead but some restrictions exist around the woodland area near the carpark.  Please see notice boards and signs.

Dog Bins:  Yes.

Parking:  Free parking available in either the Orchard carpark or the main carpark next to the lake.  Both car parks operate seasonal opening times.

The Route

Click the walk title in the top right of the above window or clicking here will open the route on the AllTrails website or the mobile app.  You can then create a free account which will then allow you to follow the route as you walk on your mobile.  If you would rather not sign up to All trails free account and use another mapping app (such as OS Maps, Outdooractive or Komoot etc) on your phone then you can download the GPX file below and import this into your desired app inorder to follow the trail.

The Walk Details ...

  1. Head to the Orchard carpark which is up the lane next to the ski centre.  This is the better of the two carparks as its away from the road and the ‘dogs on lead’ areas. 
  2. From here head down the path way between the trees in the orchard next to the car park.
  3. Turn right when you meet the bridle path and walk along into the field.   
  4. Follow the bridle way fence all the way round the fields through a small woodland pass and into the valley.  
  5. Carry on round the valley still follwing the bridle way.  
  6. When your path heads through the woods on the far side of the valley cross over to the other side of the bridle way just before you exit the woods and head diagonley down and pick up the footpath and head through a small wooded area.  
  7. If you keep to your left following the footpath in front of you and you will eventually come out by the lake.  
  8. Putting your dog on lead turn right and follow the path and road up until you reach the childrens paly area.  
  9. If you now look over to your right you will see another footpath heading back into the park.  
  10. Walk along this path and you will eventually come out in the bottom of the large valley.  
  11. If you head left either by walking straight up or by going along and up the diagonal you will arrive back at the carpark.

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