Self catering holiday cottages in Kenley, Surrey, England
Looking for self-catering cottages in Kenley and want more information on things to see and do? Kenley is a small Surrey village not too far from Croydon. Croydon is just 4 miles away from Kenley meaning that it is just an easy drive away. Kenley is a district that is technically a part of the London Borough of Croydon, but which was historically located in Surrey. Bordering with the town of Caterham, Kenley has a reasonably small population of about fourteen thousand people and is characterised by its large amount of open green hills and fields such as Kenley Aerodrome and Kenley Common. Those who love the great outdoors will appreciate these vast spaces of greenery and will welcome the change in atmosphere from the smog of central London!
Hints and Tips on Cottage Holidays in Kenley
Kenley is home to the ancient forest of Foxley Wood, which is an impressive eleven hectares of woodland that is open to the public to explore. Facing the chalk hills of the North Downs, the forest is owned by the London Borough of Croydon and is maintained by a volunteer group from the local area, Friends of Foxley, who strive to keep this stunning area as pristine as possible. The forest welcomes visitors who wish to either take pleasant strolls and rambles beneath the soaring trees, or those who would like to do a bit of wildlife spotting and photography. Nature lovers will adore the amount of flora and fauna hidden within the wood and it makes a fantastic afternoon out.
If you are visiting Kenley and want to see a little bit of the area’s recent history, then pop along to the All Saints Church, which was built back in 1870 with expansion work being carried out in 1897 and 1902. Today, the church is a Grade II listen building and in 1888, the district of Kenley was actually created around this church as its own parish.
The large green area of Kenley Common is open to the public and is worth visiting if you are in the area. The common links London with Surrey and is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation. There is an abundance of wildlife within the common due to the grasslands, woods and chalk areas, and cows and sheep graze daily within the beautiful meadows of the common. Whether you plan to walk or cycle through the common, you are sure to feel revitalised by the natural beauty of the area.
Next to the common is Kenley Airfield and Aerodrome, owned by the Ministry of Defence. This airfield is often used by the Royal Air Force for training, and there are also a number of World War II fighter pens which can be seen.
If you are looking for a cottage holiday where you will be able to visit London and see its many attractions and famous landmarks then a break in Kenley may appeal to you. From Croydon you can be in central London in just 20 minutes.
Within easy travelling distance of Kenley you can be in beautiful countryside. Not too far from Kenley is the Foxley Wood Nature Reserve where you can enjoy walking one of the trails and wildlife watching amongst beautiful woodland. If you love walking in pleasant green surroundings you may also want to visit Happy Valley Park or Manor Park, both of which are near Kenley. Self catering accommodation in and near Kenley may be available in country cottages, log cabins or even in mansions to rent, we trust you will enjoy browsing through the options.
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