It was another very cold but beautifully blue skied Sunday so it seemed a good idea to get out and see some more countryside. I had another look on the Explore Kent website and found ‘Shorne Woods Country Park‘ that was apparently only a 40 minute drive away.
We pulled into the car park at around 10am surprised to only see a few dog walkers around and as it was so frosty we thought we would have a fortifying coffee and a bun in the pleasant-looking café. To our horror we found that the café doesn’t open till 11am in the winter and we would have to struggle on without a brew.
It was bitterly cold but very pretty in the woods with the trees and path coated in frost and the ponds all iced over. The lovely golden light made everything look quite magical. The frost on the paths had the advantage of keeping us fairly mud free as it was all frozen. We walked a circuit of the edge of the park, coming across the odd dog walker, but mostly by ourselves. I imagine the park is quite busy in Summer so we were grateful for some near solitude.
Towards the end of our amble my 20 month old daughter, who I carried in a baby carrier, was getting a bit cold and fractious and we were very grateful to find the warm café finally open. A bit surprised (and a little miffed) that they didn’t serve any proper cake but the coffee and biscuit was very welcome.
A lovely little park. Next time I’d like to go on the Darnley trail that takes you out via the village of Cobham and back.