Castle Farm is set in one of the most picturesque areas of Kent – the Darenth Valley. There is plenty to entertain the whole family for a great day out – from walks and gardens through to country village pubs and quaint little tea houses.
Please note, if you are visiting the area, please do not leave your car at The Hop Shop or Castle Farm and go for a walk. There is a public car park at the Lullingstone Visitor Centre.
Here are some links which you may find useful.
The valley has a range of attractions to appeal to the whole family for a day out;
Slightly further afield in Kent
During the summer, our Castle Farm Coffee Cart will be back – serving take away hot drinks, barista made coffee and ice creams, plus there is plenty of farm foods and snacks in the farm shop. But if you want to sit in a cafe to enjoy, then you can try these lovely local gems –
Or lunch at one of the local pubs or our Vineyard next door –
Unfortunately we do not offer picnic areas on Castle Farm (apart from our pre-booked Lavender picnic evening events), but you can take a picnic to Lullingstone Country Park.
The Darenth Valley can offer plenty of lovely footpaths and cycle routes.
There is a lovely five mile walk between Shoreham station and Eynsford station which has been put together by the Royal Geographical Society’s Discovering Britain project. You can download a PDF or an audio guide to accompany this walk which is called ‘From Hops to Lavender’ and is narrated by Farmer William. This walking guide offers you the opportunity to learn about the how the lie of the land – its slopes, rivers and the rocks beneath your feet – influences what can be grown. Discover how farming practices have changed over the generations through the personal stories of a local farmer.
“We went on the Darent Valley walk ‘From hops to lavender’ and haven’t stopped talking about it since. The walk was incredibly well researched and planned, making it very informative and easy to understand. ” Luke Smith and Eleanor Sleet, Dulwich
There is limited accommodation in the direct local vicinity – but a few little gems below, plus you can try Airbnb.
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