- Start: Haysden Country Park
- End: Haysden Country Park
- Country: England
- County: Kent
- Type: Country
- Nearest pub:
- Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 148
- Difficulty: Medium
A River Walk in Tonbridge, Kent
A river walk in Tonbridge
Location: Tonbridge, TN9 1HR
Distance: 3 miles (4.75 km) - allow 1hr 30mins
OS Explorer Map: 148
Terrain: Flat with hard surfaces
Step count: approximately 6,000
Parking: There is car parking available at Lower Castle Fields car park
Enjoy a family-friendly relaxing stroll in one of the countys beautiful country parks set alongside the banks of the River Medway, between Haysden and Barden Lakes.
Its March and our wonderful countryside and parklands are beginning to spark in to life in preparation for the spring and summer months. This is an ideal time to shrug off the winter blues and get out in the great outdoors.
Haysden Country Park, a designated Green Flag Award winning park is ideally situated close to Tonbridge town centre, just 15 minutes walk from the train station. This route can be walked in either direction as there is parking at both ends. It follows along the Weald Way for a time and is great for all the family as it is stile free and follows mainly flat surfaces along a tarmac path.
Leaving the imposing sight of the motte and bailey of Tonbridge Castle behind, the path meanders through light woodland. Small streams and picturesque ponds open out alongside Barden Lake as you continue on. This is a popular spot with bird and wildlife enthusiasts. The areas of woodland, meadow and open water that make up the parkland support a rich wealth of wildlife at all times of the year. Kent Wildlife Trust recognise the area as a `Site of Nature Conservation Interest`.
If you would like a break there are plenty of resting points to sit and enjoy the antics of the wildfowl as they go about their business on the water.
Set in such wonderful surroundings why dont you sit back, relax and enjoy a picnic beside the lake whilst watching fisherman reel in their catches or sailors learn their craft on the water?
To discover more walks and parks, including easy access routes, in Kent visit www.kent.gov.uk/explorekent.