Leybourne Lakes Country Park
Leybourne Lakes Country Park covers an area of 93 hectares and features natural habitats, including a mix of lakes, grasslands, shallow wetlands, hedgerows and woodland. There's also a children’s play area along with an activity programme for schools, a wildlife activity day, Easter and summer activities, a water sports centre, bird and bat walks, angling and tracks for walking and cycling.
The park is designated as a local wildlife site. It is also a Green Flag award winning park and Natural England accredited country park.
Leybourne Lakes Country Park is owned and managed by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council Leisure Services in partnership with East Malling and Larkfield Parish Council.
Opening and closing times
We are open every day of the year. Entrance gates are unlocked daily at 7.30am and locked at dusk.
Closing times for 2021/22
- December 2020 to Sunday 7 February 4.30pm
- Monday 8 February to Sunday 21 March 6pm
- Monday 22 March to Sunday 16 May 8pm
- Monday 17 May to Sunday 15 August 9pm
- Monday 16 August to Sunday 19 September 8pm
- Monday 20 September to Sunday 24 October 7pm
- Monday 25 October to Sunday 3 January 2022 4.30pm
- January 2022 4.30pm
There is no call out facility if your car is left in the car park after it has been locked.
The car park has a height barrier (two metres) and is pay and display. A limited number of season tickets are available.
All money generated from parking charges help to maintain and improve the park.
Blue Badge parking
Lakeside parking is available for Blue Badge holders. Contact the park ranger on 01732 243397 to arrange access. Badge holders should clearly display their badge and clock.
Disabled access and facilities
- a disabled toilet with ramped access near the main car park. A RADAR key is required
- paths - the best accessible paths are around Ocean Lake which are hard surfaced and reasonably flat
- seating is available around Ocean Lake
Our park rangers offer fun activities for children at the park including:
- pond dipping
- nature discovery trails
- wildlife orienteering
Find out more about these activities, costs and how to book online.
Walking and cycling
Cyclists should take care to avoid pedestrians and there are cycle racks beside the toilets.
Dogs are allowed in accordance with the rules around public spaces. Dog waste bins are provided.
Fishing and water sports
All lakes in the park are licensed by angling clubs. To fish in a lake you must be a member of the relevant club.
Medway Valley Fisheries Club:
- Ocean Lake
- Roaden Island Lake
- Railway Lake
- Larkfield Lake
The Freemasons Arms Angling Society:
- Sand Pond
The Strikers Angling Society:
- Reed Pond
Visitors can take part in a range of organised water sports including open water swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing and more. Visit Leybourne Lakes Water Sports Centre for details.
Some activities are prohibited in the park:
- no unauthorised swimming
- no fires (including barbecues)
- no unauthorised boating
- no dogs in the lakes
- no model boating
- no camping
- no motorbikes other than in the car park
Leybourne Lakes Country Park runs a free to enter monthly photo competition. Photos must be taken in the park and can be of anything from wildlife to scenic views. Each month the winning photo will be selected by our rangers and displayed around the park.
Entries (up to two photos) must be in by the 24th of each month. Photos should be sent to email@example.com along with your name, age, and contact details.
Images submitted for this competition may be used in future posters or publications for the site. Contact details will not be passed onto third parties.
It is important to consider water safety when visiting this park. When there is hot weather it is tempting to cool off in public lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, especially for children and young adults. However this can be very dangerous, even fatal.
Guidance on staying safe around water is available from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
The park has a picnic area and mobile cafe by the Ocean Lake, open 11am to 3pm daily during summer holidays, weekends and bank holidays (weather permitting).