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“Could be so nice..... But it's not.”

Darenth Country Park
Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Dartford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Could be so nice..... But it's not.”
Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Good entrance and car park. 2m height restriction so will not be ideal for bikes on roof racks. Good map but faded signage, although it's a fairly small park so you can easily see where you are at most times.

Generally laid out as a series of fields with perimeter paths, one is paved which would be good for wheel chairs and buggies, although it does go up a long gradual slope.

Main problem is dog walkers, black bags of dog waste litter the edge of the paths and hedgerows, this is a result of there being no bins as you walk round. I'm a dog walker, I pick up, carried it for 40 mins until we got back to the car park and put it in the bin - I'm in the minority, most would not, nor should they, be expected to carry this around, come on Dartford council, more bins please.
On a similar theme, I don't think this is very child friendly for the above reason, the longer grass off the path are littered with dog waste that never even got into a bag!
The children' play area is somewhat limited, nothing for younger children, ok for five to seven year olds and nothing for older ones.

All in all a very disappointing trip, I would describe it as a wind swept hill with paths accompanied by the droning noise of the M25, not the peace and serenity the term 'country park' conjures up. This is certainly not a place we will take our grandson and we left feeling embarrassed to be a dog owner.

Visited March 2014
7 Thank Paulinbexley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed December 22, 2013

A lot of people seem unaware of the existence of Darenth Country Park. It is accessible from Darenth Village Park and Green Street Green Road and there is a car park and a play area made out of only natural materials. There is also an orchard area and several trails to follow. There are geo-caching opportunities, as well as places to run, walk dogs and picnic. Well worth a visit.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Keg1980
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