Capstone Farm Country Park
Capstone Farm Country Park
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LeanneR102
Sidcup, UK172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
When I read it was free parking I expected maybe a dozen or so spaces but there were 2 large car parks with more than ample spaces which was a nice surprise. We had a lovely walk around the lake, stopped for a picnic, had a play in the play park and then fed the ducks. There’s lots of other walks but I had a pushchair with me so decided to stick to the lake walk. The shop had a very big queue but the staff were friendly and the prices reasonable. The toilets were very clean and spacious. Lots to do in the play park but I’d say mainly for older ones. We spent a good few hours here and will definitely be back.
Written September 14, 2021
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Ladykane1982
Chingford, UK485 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
We visited the park as it was a very short walk from where was staying. There is free parking, which is amazing as we come from London and you pay everywhere to park! Loads of car parking spaces including an overflow park. The park has loads of equipment to play on even though it’s a on a huge slope. It does it get extremely busy and very muddy when wet. Not much seating area within the play area. The lake is beautiful, duck food is available for £1 within the shop, toilets are adjacent to the shop and are very clean. The woodland walks can be very steep but are lots of fun. Didn’t see one dog OFF a lead which was also nice to see. Overall a beautiful spacious place, the lake has a 10km trail suitable for runners. We didn’t visit the visitor centre, but really liked that they had litter picks and bags for you to use.
Written February 17, 2022
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Sarny
Bexleyheath, UK487 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Lots of well maintained different walking paths here. We took our dog - she had to be kept on a lead around the lake, visitor centre etc which was fine. The cafe and toilets were only open to 4pm - we'd visited later than that. There's a nice looking kids play park by the car park and lots of benches/picnic benches dotted about. Car park free and on 4.9.22 was open to 7.30pm.
Written September 4, 2022
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Wayne
Rainham, UK68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Love coming to Capstone for a little walk around the lake. Doesn't take long to walk around so a couple of trips are normally enough for us, coupled with letting the kids run off some energy in the large park there. We normally bring some bird seed and feed the ducks - a nice couple of hours for the kids,
Written June 10, 2022
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Sebastian
Gillingham, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
I went here purely for fishing and I wasn't dissapointed. I used a 4m elasticated whip and a very sensitive tackle, as I was looking to fish small perch and roach. There are plenty, as I caught around 20 / hour without too much effort. The sized varried between 10 cm - 24cm (the biggest I caught was a 24 cm roach). I used a size 14 hook and white / red maggots. Next time I will go for slightly bigger fish and see what happens. Toilets are clean, the cafe is well stocked and the lake is very very clean. Highly recommend.
Written September 2, 2020
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Teresa S
Chatham, UK515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Amazing small holding opposite the entrance to Capstone country park. Lovely friendly relaxed experience. Sharon and Jackie assisted us with our walk. Introduced us to the female and baby Alpacas. Then on to met the boys, Zorro, Curly, Miller & Rolo. Once harnessed up off we set. Staff very talkative with lots of information about the Alpacas. Set in Capstone valley amazing views ( we had a sunny morning ) . Highly recommended. They also offer met and greet the Alpacas . Tiny hidden treasure. Definetly going back again .
Written January 8, 2020
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Callum Tadlock
Rainham, UK66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Basically was adverage. The park kinda went down hill interms of what it was like a few years ago. The water didn't look great . Their was a few rats but that normal. The cafe was nice .Great food great price. Needs improvements for stuff the younger onces to do. Maybe change supplier for duck food becouse your mostly our of stock when ever I bring the kids down.
Written August 31, 2022
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Sandygranny
Sandy, UK966 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
This was our first visit to Capstone Farm Country Park on the North Downs. This park has Green Flag status and we had an enjoyable time looking at the old orchards, ancient woodlands and a freshwater lake.

There is a visitor centre suitable for the disabled and mums with prams and pushchairs. There are plenty of information leaflets and natural history displays. There is also a lakeside café where you can get a nice cuppa and a cake, children’s play areas and a picnic area.

We had a relaxing walk by the fishing lake taking in the beautiful scenery. The pathways are level and we were in no hurry so went at our own pace. However, for the more energetic, there are running trails and a trim trail as well as cycle routes and a mountain bike track.
Written March 25, 2018
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Sarah M
Sittingbourne, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
I booked my two children (aged 10 and 12) in for a beginners course for Weds 29th July at a cost of £10 each for a 2 hour session and it was brilliant value for money. They learnt how to set up a simple rod, use bait and generally fish. It was only a small group of 6 children but probably enough for the Ranger to be going between taking hooks out of fishes etc as they were being caught quite frequently! My two caught 5 each of Perch and Roach of varying sizes and learnt about landing them as they went. The instruction and guidance was fantastic and if your child is even vaguely interested I would book them in. The fishing shop in Franklin Road, Gillingham helps to sponsor these lessons and can provide a simple setup for around £25 which can give your child hours and hours of entertainment and is something very reasonably priced for them to be doing during the holidays. It's also easily a family hobby to get into after the lesson even if the fishing itself isn't for you as there are so many walks around Fishing lakes in Country Parks all over the County that it's worth making it a few hours out with the kids doing something constructive, fun and interesting.
Written July 30, 2015
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK1,074 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
We have visited Capstone Farm Country Park regularly over the years both with the children and Granddaughter when they were younger and more recently as a couple. This area of recreational countryside is real oasis in the otherwise built up centres of the Medway Towns.
The park is located along Capstone Road in Chatham and has a reasonably large (free) car park though this can become busy on weekend mornings. During peak periods, there is an overflow car park that can be used. The main part of the park itself is centred around a man-made lake with a wild water fowl population and also fish. It is possible to walk around the circumference of the lake which can make a nice walk on a Sunday morning and there is a wooden bridge spanning one corner if you would like to go out over the water. Wooden benches are provided at regular intervals if you would like to stop and watch the world go by.
The park itself is always kept very clean and as clear of litter as practicable for a public park, and generally has a 'cared for' atmosphere about it.
During the fishing season, anglers line the side of the lake at dedicated posts and passing these can add a bit more interest to your stroll. The park is typically used by young families come to see the birds and other wildlife, anglers, joggers and dog walkers although the occasional cyclist can be encountered as well. A fenced off adventure playground is located at one side of the park close to the car park and this is well equipped with play equipment for children to play in, supervised by the parents. A lake side café is not too far away from this point if you want a drink whilst watching the children play.
The small lakeside café has both indoor and outdoor seating, and here you can buy drinks, hot and cold snacks and even some nice looking cakes. The café also sells food for the wild fowl on the lake if you would like to feed them. Toilet facilities may also be found here.
Close to the lakeside café is the park information centre and here you will find more information about the park including the wildlife that inhabit it. The information centre is staffed by park rangers who will be able to answer all of your queries about the country park and there are also some helpful interactive exhibits and leaflets available here. There are some guided walks around the path varying in length and duration which you may undertake and these take in the extended park area away from the lake, some as far as the ruins of Upper Shawstead farm house for those of you who would like to stretch your leg a bit further. The walks are marked on a small map available in the information centre and are also marked along the course by coloured arrows.
There is also a less explored extended area of the Country Park specifically accessed by another entrance a bit further along Capstone Road again with ample parking and here you will find pure countryside. Once again, there is ample car parking here and this part of the park tends to be popular with dog walkers, ramblers and picnickers. Here you can walk through woodland paths and also find some spectacular views over the Capstone valley.
The park has hosted several organised events over the years including ‘Kites over Capstone’ and the ‘Walk for Life’ events, but a check of the local council website would give more up to date information on such things.
We would recommend a visit here for anyone looking for a bit of countryside away from the urban sprawl of the Medway towns especially families with young children. A walk around the lake can also be a very calming experience when the pressures of 21st century life get just a little too much.
Written February 8, 2015
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