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 carpark.
- – Free Parking – Operates seasonal opening times.
- – Toilets – Near the lake
- – Food and Drink Available – Next to the lake
- – Picnic Area
- – Childrens Play Area – Large play area next to lake
Distance: Circular walk is around 5.0km (3 Miles)
Time: Approx. 1.5 hours 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.
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
Circular Walk Route:
The top carpark called the ‘Orchard Car Park’ is probably the better of the two car park’s from which to start your walk as its away from the road and the ‘dogs on lead’ areas. From here head down the path way between the trees in the orchard next to the car park and turn right when you meet the bridle path and walk along into the field. Follow the bridle way fence all the way round the fields through a small woodland pass and into the valley. Carry on round the valley still follwing the bridle way. 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. If you keep to your left following the fottpath in front of you, you will eventually come out by the lake. Putting your dog on lead turn right and follow the path and road up until you reach the childrens paly area. If you now look over to your right you will see another footpath heading back into the park. Walk along this path and you will eventually come out in the bottom of the large valley. If you head left either by walking straight up or by going along and up the diagonal you will arrive back at the carpark.