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Leybourne Lakes Country Park, Larkfield

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4.2/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
Leybourne Lakes Country Park is near Snodland, in Kent, England. The park, which opened in 2004, was created from disused gravel pits that have been flooded and landscaped to make fishing and wildlife lakes.HistoryIn the 1930s a river fed from Leybourne, led past the small hamlet of Lunsford (part of Larkfield) and then past Ham Hill (part of Snodland) to feed into the River Medway.Snodland was once a centre of industry along the river, with papermaking and chalk quarries being the main employers in the town. One of the former chalk pits located near to the River Medway, became Brookland Lake. A public footpath leads from Snodland, past Brookland Lake into Leybourne Lakes.The village of Larkfield (to the south of the lakes) has expanded rapidly since the M20 motorway was constructed in the 1970s and it continues to grow, with new housing developments being built. Mineral extraction also ceased in the 1970s. The gravel pits and surrounding area were designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI). The site was identified in the 'Tonbridge and Malling Local Plan' for development into a country park, with the partnership of Berkeley Homes.The housing development of 'The Lakes in Leybourne' by Berkeley Homes (seen in the photos), was created beside one of the disused gravel pits that had been turned into man-made lakes. The decision to build on this area was unpopular with some Larkfield residents, but the remaining lakes were turned into a country park and nature reserve to offset the impact of this new housing. The lakes and reserve were later handed over to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council in 2004. They are the current owners and maintain the lakes and paths.
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  • My dogs love it here. Plenty of places for them to get in the clear water and have a swim. It's also a really good place for humans to go for a walk too. Mainly peaceful, some nice wooded areas and gr...  read more »
  • This is 5 mins away for me I walk my dog there every morning. It's a stunning park it has a playground for the kids the paths are good so kids can ride there bikes around the lakes.the wild life is go...  read more »
  • Lovely to walk around, watch the ducks, beautiful photo opportunities, or to just sit and read for a while. 
  • Open water swimming awesomeness, along with other watersports. The lake is extremely clear and clean. The perimeter of the lake is 1300m but there are marked out courses for 400 an 750m. Swimming cost £5 for all day but you do need to have taken a 45min open water swimming course (£30)
  • Great place to wander around with the dog and kids. Can have a go at various water sports too. Got a tea stop as well!
  • Lovely place to take my two dogs , they love the water too
  • Great for dogs, has some really lovely walks.
  • A good lake for all water sports
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