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Martens Grove Park

Martens Avenue, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 6AB

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2020 Changes

  • AccessAble are aware that there have been changes to this Access Guide, which includes the information for the construction of the bike track. Our surveyors will revisit the venue to update the information as soon as possible, subject to Government restrictions.


  • Martens Grove Park is an area of mature woodland and grassland within a steep-sided valley.
  • The park is bounded by Martens Avenue to the south and Stevens Road and Oakwood Drive to the north. There are entrances to the park on both sides.
  • The children's playground is accessible from the nearest entrance on Martens Avenue.
  • Disabled visitors may also be able to access areas of parkland from each of the entrances.
  • However, the ball court is in the lowest part of the valley and not accessible due to slopes and steps.
  • Routes across the park are likely to be inaccessible to most wheelchair users, even with assistance, due to the very long moderate-steep slopes on the paths.
  • The photographs show the woodland area to the north of the park and the access to the ball court.

Opening Times

  • The park is generally unfenced and is open 24 hours per day.
  • There is some street lighting on the path and steps from Martens Avenue to Stevens Road/ Oakwood Drive.


  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Bexleyheath.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Barnehurst.


  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks. View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is generally unrestricted on-street parking in the roads surrounding the park.
    • The section of Martens Avenue next to the playground entrance is within a residents' parking zone that is restricted 14:00-15:00 Monday - Friday.

Martens Avenue Entrance for Playground

  • This entrance is located on Martens Avenue, opposite Sevenoaks Close.
  • There is 133cm (4ft 4in) between the bollards at the entrance.
  • There is a firm tarmac path from this entrance to the playground.
  • The path has an easy - moderate slope.

Access Point

Outside Access (Playground Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located leading into the playground.
  • The main doors open both ways.
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 108cm (3ft 7in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • There are steps and uneven ground here.
    • There is an identical gate on the opposite side of the playground which opens onto an unmade path.


  • The playground has an easy - moderate slope across the area with some localised unevenness where the tarmac surface meets the rubber safety flooring around the equipment.
  • There is playground equipment for all ages of children.
  • Equipment which may be suitable for children with disabilities includes an accessible roundabout, supportive swing seat (without harness) and puzzle table.

Martens Avenue Entrance - opposite Park Grove

  • This entrance is located opposite Park Grove.
  • There is 133cm (4ft 4in) between the bollards at the entrance.
  • The tarmac path leading from this entrance has moderate and steep sections on the route into the valley, without intermediate landings.

Martens Avenue Entrance - opposite Grove Road

  • The opening at this entrance is 90cm (2ft 11in). There is a moderate - steep slope on the path into the valley towards the ball court.

Steven Road Entrance

  • The gate at this entrance is held open.
  • The opening is 90cm (2ft 11in) wide.
  • There are easy - moderate slopes on the paths between this entrance and the Oakwood Drive entrance, which also lead to the steps into the valley.

Oakwood Drive Entrance

  • The entrance is located at the end of Oakwood Drive cul-de-sac.
  • The paths from this entrance are initially tarmac but become unmade and uneven and have moderate - steep slopes into the park.

Level Change (Around the park)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading from Stevens Drive into the valley.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located from the north of the park into the valley.
  • There is / are 60+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There are two sets of steps from the central valley of the park to the north side.
    • The steps can be bypassed using the sloping path. The path is very long and does not have intermediate landings.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are not accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • There are bench seats within the playground and one on the grassed area at the centre of the park.