Hewitts Road, Orpington, BR6 7QR
Hewitts farm is a large “pick your own” fruit business and provides very tasty strawberries. This farm was once a major European farming enterprise. Much of the land is now the 18 hole Chelsfield Lakes Golf Centre and there is also a showroom for a furnishings company. The farm is definitely worth a visit for the ‘pick your own’ fun.
Crofton Road, Orpington
Crofton Roman Villa was inhabited from about AD 140 to 400. The remains of ten of the rooms can be seen today.
The visitors centre, just next to Orpington station, is full of information and ideas about what the villa would have been like and what Roman Times were like. All the staff are friendly and helpful and there are activities for children such as colouring in and drawing. The villa provides a great couple of hours entertainment for a bargain price.
Scadbury Nature Reserve is an extensive area of magical, hidden woodlands and open, untouched fields. It is home to many horses and ponies as well as an abundance of wildlife. Hidden in the woods is a Moted Manor House where you will often find bats flying around at dusk. There is also a pond, open fields for picnics and a nature centre for schools.
Church Hill, Orpington, BR6 2QY
Orpington is well known for the picturesque Priory Gardens. Facilities include a library, church, museum, large children’s play area and rose garden as well as the Priory itself – linked to King Cnut.
The park is mostly dog-free although there are areas for dogs to run around in. There are disabled facilities and the park is wheelchair friendly with wide paths and gentle path gradients. It is a beautiful oasis just minutes from the busy town centre. The pond in the gardens is the source of the river Cray.