About Leybourne Lakes Country Park

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Leybourne Lakes Country Park covers an area of 93 hectares (230 acres), forming part of the land north of the M20 which separates the built up areas of Snodland, Larkfield and New Hythe. Habitats include established lakes, grasslands, newly created shallow wetlands, dense scrub, the Mill Stream, hedgerows and woodlands and has spectacular views out to the North Downs.

The site is designated as a Local Wildlife Site and an Area of Local Landscape Importance. It is also a Green Flag Award winning park and Natural England accredited country park.

Covering part of an extensive area of former sand and gravel workings, extraction took place between 1946 and 1977. Landscaping and planting were part of the restoration in the late 1970's, with the country park opening in 2004.

Nature and wildlife trail leaflets

Park summary

  • Water safety should be considered when visiting this park
  • Refreshments - mobile cafe by the Ocean Lake. 11am to 3pm daily during summer holidays, weekends and bank holidays, weather permitting
  • Picnic area - Yes
  • Toilets - male, female and disabled with RADAR key near the main car park
  • Play area - adventure trail, play frame and smaller equipment for smaller children near the Ocean Lake
  • Walking - many hard surfaced paths for all ability walking, as well as many grassland paths. There are also a number of Public Rights of Way to and through the park.
  • Health walks
  • Cycling - All paths are multi-user, pedestrians have right of way. There are cycle racks beside the toilets.
  • Water sports - windsurfing, dinghy, kayak, canoe, paddleboard, scuba diving and open water swimming are all controlled by Leybourne Lakes Water Sports Centre
  • Fishing - all lakes are licensed to angling clubs. Anyone fishing to fish must be a member of the relevant angling club. Medway Valley Fisheries Club are licensed for the Ocean Lake, Roaden Island Lake, The Railway Lake and Larkfield Lake. The Freemasons Arms Angling Society are licensed for Sand Pond. The Strikers Angling Society are licensed for Reed Pond.
  • Dogs are allowed in accordance with the Dog Control Orders There are dog waste bins.

Not allowed

  • 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

Marketing

Business and clubs can advertise on the reverse of the parking tickets for this car park. This funding covers the coat of printing the tickets.