Betteshanger Country Park
Betteshanger Country Park, part of the wider multi-million pound Betteshanger Sustainable Parks scheme, is located on the site of the former Betteshanger colliery, which has stood derelict since the closure of the colliery in 1989.
Betteshanger Country Park was first established in 2007, when the former slag heap was transformed into a space for people to access and explore the outdoors. The 80 hectare site has been slowly transformed to become a centre for outdoor sporting and adventure activities.
The Park provides access to a variety of environments including woodland, grassland and marshland. It is the most important cycling centre in East Kent, with a 3-kilometre road cycling track providing safe, traffic free road cycling facilities. The track is ideal for families with its safe environment for children to ride and also for serious cyclists where training conditions are ideal.
There is a further 10 kilometres of mountain bike trails, all of varying difficulty, designed to challenge and excite all levels of cyclist.
A range of bicycles and helmets are available for hire.
Other activities at the Country Park include an outdoor playpark, archery, den building, fossiling and geo-caching, plus a range of seasonal events.
Betteshanger Country Park can be easily reached by the A258 and has ample on-site parking. Entrance to the County Park is free. However, there is a charge for parking and special events.
Betteshanger is changing! The new £30 million scheme will include a new Visitor Centre with conference facilities, café/restaurant, green energy centre, cycling centre, outdoor play equipment and the Kent Mining Museum. Watch this space!