Jeskyns Community Woodland is run by the Forestry Commission. This newly established woodland offers a variety of walks and activites to keep everyone entertained. There are trails for children to take part in that can be purchased from the cafe, see the website to find out the current theme. The cafe offers a good selection of food and hot drinks. The toilets can be found on the side of the cafe building. There are lots of picnic benches here too, for those who have brought food with them.
As you walk around the park you will discover a wonderful play area and sandpit with natural climbing elements and a large tunnel climbing frame. While you’re there see if you can spot the fairy on the gate post to the fairy village. Inside the fairy village you wil find lots of beautifully carved fairy houses of all shapes and sizes and some lovely natural artwork in the branches and trees as you wander through. Take your photo on the fairy thrones, and remember to bring an offering to the fairies to thank them for allowing you to play with their instruments and enter their village.
The tree house is a great place to stop and play for a little while and checkout the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. There are several sculptures around the park to be found and enjoyed.
Jeskyns has made a real effort in making sure your dog enjoys their time at the park too. With a specially designed agility area, dedicated training field and the dog pond, to cool them off afterwards. Your four-legged friend is bound to have a great time too.
The gravel paths are great for bicycles; pushchairs are ok, but it’s a good workout. As a new woodland it has yet to grow enough to protect you from the wind so wrap up warm on those cooler days.
There is plenty of parking here, it is pay and display at a daily charge.
Dogs with Responsible owners are very welcome.
Owletts; a National Trust property is less than a mile away.
Shorne Woods Country Park is a few miles from the country park and can be reached using the Darnley Trail.
Gravesend Town centre is approximately 10 miles away.
How to find it…
Jeskyns Community Woodland, Henhurst Road, Cobham DA12 3AN.
What to take
- There are lots of gravel paths perfect for bike riding.
- Wellies are great if the weather has been persistently wet.
- We’ve visited a few times in the winter and find it quite exposed, so remember to wrap up warm.
- There’s not a great deal of seating here so remember your picnic blanket.
- There are some lovely open spaces perfect for ball games, cricket and frisbee.
- Kites could easily be flown here. (Although you might want to tie your children down)