LULLINGSTONE COUNTRY PARK

 Lullingstone Country Park
Eynsford, Kent
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Introduction

Lullingstone Country Park provides a great mixture of river, woodland and grassland that is internationally important for its collection of ancient trees, with over 300 veteran oak, beech, ash, hornbeam and sweet chestnut, some of which are thought to be 800 years old.

It has all the facilities that you require with a picnic area, play area for the kids, refreshments and toilet facilities all located close to the main building next to the carpark.

There is a unisex accessible toilet which can be reached via easy access pathways and does not require a Radar key.

The café sells fresh ground coffee, cold drinks, ice creams, delicious homemade soups, hot meals, snacks and baguettes to takeaway.

There is also a shop which sells local produce, small gifts and wood products that help support the conservation work that goes on at Kent’s Country Parks.

Lullingstone Country Park: Entrance sign post

Parking Location

Address: Castle Road, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JK
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General Information

There are many footpaths around the country park which are away from main roads and includes a river, woodland and open fields.  Dogs are allowed off lead but the country park does border a golf course so it is advised to keep your dog under control or on lead whilst walking near the fairways.

The Country park has three main waymarked routes:

  • Woodland Walk – A 3.2km circular route taking in breathtaking views of the Darent Valley. The route includes semi-ancient woodland habitats with a variety of trees, flowers and fungi.
  • Lullingstone Loop – This challenging 6.4km circular route passes Lullingstone Roman Villa and Lullingstone Castle as you take in magnificent views of the Darent Valley.
  • Discovery Trail – An easy 2.4km route designed for children, this route includes play equipment along the way. It also leads to a bird hide where you can sit and view some of the park’s array of birdlife.

Distance: See above

Time:  Depends on route taken but would range from 30mins to around 1.5 hours for the Lullingstone Loop

Terrain:  The walk takes you along the side of the river Darent, across fields and through woodland.  Footpaths are unmade and can therefore become muddy in wet weather and are unsuitable for wheelchairs and push chairs.

Stiles:  None.

Dogs on leads?:  Dogs allowed off lead. 

Dog Bins:  Yes. 

Parking:  Paid parking in a large car park.

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 ...

Although the country park offers 3 circular walking routes we decided to take our own route and just explore and the route can be seen above.

  1. We started by making our way down to the river behind the cafe where our dog had a good play and a splash in the water.   
  2. Continuing along the footpath adjacent to the river we eventually came to Lullingstone Castle.  
  3. At this point we then turned left and headed across the field opposite the castle and then left again up towards the small  woodland.  
  4. If you bear right when you reach the woodland you will find a couple of wooden bench where you can sit and admire the view across the golf course.  
  5. Continue along following the footpath and you will come to a large field where turning left will take you back to the carpark.

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