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Dartford is the principal town in the Borough of Dartford, Kent, England. It is located 18 miles (29 kilometres) south-east of Central London andis situated adjacent to the London Borough of Bexley to its west. To its north, across the Thames estuary, is Thurrock in Essex, which can be reached via the Dartford Crossing.

The town centre lies in a valley through which the River Darent flows and where the old road from London to Dover crossed: hence the name, from Darent + ford. Dartford became a market town in medieval times and, although today it is principally a commuter town for Greater London, it has a long history of religious, industrial and cultural importance. It is an important rail hub; the main through-road now by-passes the town itself.

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Central Park is a formal park in the town centre, used for various community events. It comprises 26 acres (110,000 m2) of land. W

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Welcome to Dartford Youth Council!
Authors: dartfordbckent, Aug 21, 2020

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Dartford also has a youth council called the Dartford Youth Council (DYC) which comprises members of the youth representing local secondary schools, youth groups (such as Scouts). They discuss important issues relating to the youth of Dartford, such as mental health, to staying fit and how they can help and combat those issues. They attend a monthly meeting, at the Dartford Civic Centre. They have represented Dartford's youth in several events. Every November, members attend and represent Dartford Youth Council in the annual Dartford Remembrance Parade.

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Ecology Island Promo Video
Authors: North Kent Mind, Jul 22, 2020

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Ecology Island,

Sustainable transport[edit | edit source]

The waymarked path Darent Valley Path is 19 miles (31 km) long, following the River Darent from the banks of the River Thames at Dartford through the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the Greensand Hills above Sevenoaks. It runs through the villages of Shoreham and Otford.

The route is well served by public transport making it ideal to break into manageable walks. Railway stations are situated at Sevenoaks, Bat & Ball, Otford, Eynsford, Farningham Road, Dunton Green and Dartford, and there are many bus routes along the route.

The route is also used by National Cycle Network Route 125, which follows the same route as the footpath.


Map of the route using OpenStreetMap data - Highlighted map of Darent Valley Footpath

Visions[edit | edit source]

  • Vision for Swanscombe Peninsula: The Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI community group gathered local opinions to find out what people want to see at Swanscombe Peninsula., November 2022

News and comment[edit | edit source]


Plans for £3.5bn theme park on Kent marsh dismay conservationists.[1] Oct 21

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Save Swanscombe Peninsula
Authors: Buglife, Nov 1, 2021

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Gravesham - Sevenoaks

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