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Haysden Country Park, Tonbridge

(4.5/5 based on 150 reviews on the web)
Haysden Country Park is a country park on the outskirts of Tonbridge, Kent, in south-east England.GeographyThe park comprises of countryside to the west of Tonbridge. The park has two lakes, Barden Lake and Haysden Water, and has a stretch of the River Medway running through it, with various branches and streams. Consequently there are a large number of bridges, many of which are named. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including waterfowl, wild flowers, and insect life. It is designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest, and as of it has been designated a Local Nature Reserve.The A21 passes on a viaduct near Haysden Water. Immediately to the east of this viaduct, and roughly parallel to it, is the Medway flood barrier. The railway line from Tonbridge towards Redhill, Surrey also passes through the park.HistoryThe park was opened as a Country Park in 1988, but the land had been partly owned by the Tonbridge Council and had been used by the public long before then. It is still managed by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council.
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  • The facilities have been improved in the last year or two. The walk around the lake is very pleasant. The ducks and geese on the lake are a great attraction for the infants 
  • Haysden is a wonderful place to do most anything outdoors. Cycle, walk, run, picnic, fish licence and day ticket required. There are car parks where all charges apply , a cafe and toilets. The river m...  more »
  • When you drive in, you don't appreciate straight away what a lovely park it is. Ample parking, overflow car park if needed. Parking charges apply, but reasonable. Toilets on the edge of the car park. ...  more »
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  • Great place for a play or a walk. Lovely views round the lake. Some fantastic paths and wetlands. The playground is good for littke ones. Can normally get tea or ice cream from a van. You do have to pay for parking.
  • Great play area for the kids, cafe, lovely walks and cycle route around the lake. Note the cycle route has been changed recently so that you can cycle to Tonbridge park but *not* all the way around the lake - part of the lake path is walkers only. People don't seem to mind young children cycling around the walkers part though, and you can always push your bike around the last bit. This restriction knocks it down to a 4* in my opinion. Still worth visiting.
  • Very beautiful views. Great for walking or cross country. Great for wildlife. Has a good cafe and toilet facilities.
  • Nice place to run... if you like X-C, that is.
  • Great place to ride bikes and take the kids. You must have a sausage from the van. Best in Kent.