Brockhill Country Park

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Visit Brockhill Country Park for a great day out and fun with the family.

Park summary

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  • About the park

    Brockhill's lake, woods, meadows, picnic and play areas – along with the excellent Brockhill Café – make it a great spot for a family day out.

    Map of Brockhill Country Park (PDF, 1.4 MB)

    Once part of the estate of a Norman manor, Brockhill Park has a central lake, open grassland and meadows, and all the facilities you need for a family day out, including a picnic area, a play area and refreshments at the excellent Brockhill Café.

    The park is rich in wildlife, including marbled white butterflies, green woodpeckers and carpets of snowdrops. It is also a local wildlife site and has 3 distinctive areas to explore:

    • the deer paddock is an attractive grassy area featuring trees such as the walnut and the variegated sycamore
    • the lake is a shady oasis for wildlife fringed with overhanging trees, where ducks can be found paddling around its edges
    • the valley is the largest area of the park, with alder trees running along its centre, marking the course of the Brockhill Stream as it wends its way down towards the nearby Royal Military Canal.
  • Find us

    Sandling Road
    Hythe
    Kent
    CT21 4HL

    Telephone: 03000 42 09 93

    Plan your journey using public transport on Traveline

  • Parking and season tickets

    Pay and display:

    • Monday to Friday: £1.50
    • Weekends and bank holidays: £2.50

    Free parking for season ticket holders.

    There is plenty of parking at Brockhill Country Park with 50 spaces on a hard standing surface.

    Blue Badge holders may apply for concessionary parking by calling 03000 41 72 72. There are 2 disabled spaces.

  • Opening times

    Opens: 9am.

    Closes: dusk or 9pm (whichever is earlier).

    Closed on Christmas day.

  • History

    Brockhill Park Estate

    Brockhill Country Park is situated on the former Brockhill Park Estate, historically linked to Saltwood Castle.

    The recorded history of the estate dates back approximately 900 years to Norman times. It's likely that the area was a game estate to the castle during this time, supplying meat, fish and timber.

    In the late 1400s, the Tournay family took over the estate. It was the last of their successors, William Tournay, who had the biggest impact on the estate and is responsible for a lot of what you will see during your visit. William died in 1903.  His funeral was a quiet affair with only a few mourners. He was wrapped in his favourite horse skin and buried on the large island in the lake alongside his dog, Daisy.

    After his death the manor house - now the main building in the neighbouring Brockhill School - became known to the villagers of Saltwood as the Haunted House.

    The lake

    The lake itself was originally 4 fish ponds, which were combined into one large boating lake in 1860.

    Around the lake some planting from the Tournay era remains; bamboo, laurel, rhododendron, rheum, rodgersia and the wonderful display of snowdrops that wow visitors who brave the winter weather to see them. 

    Creating the park

    The estate became the property of Kent County Council in 1947 and the park opened to the public in 1986.

  • Park management

    This park is managed by the Kent County Council Kent Country Parks team. Contact the Kent Country Parks team.

What's on

  • 4 Sep
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    Summer Holiday Activity Trail

    Manor Park Country Park

    Explore the park following our self-led activity trail and see what you can discover about the park. All completed trails will receive a small prize.

  • 4 Sep
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    Summer Holiday Activity Trail

    Shorne Woods Country Park

    Explore the woods following our self-led activity trail and see what you can discover about the park. All completed trails will receive a small prize.

  • 24 Oct
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    October Half Term Activity Trail

    Lullingstone Country Park

    Follow the clues, answer the questions and complete the trail to receive a prize. Trail sheets avaliable from the Visitor Centre between 10am and 3pm.

  • 24 Oct
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    Autumn Half Term Activity Trail

    Shorne Woods Country Park

    Explore the woods following our self-led activity trail and see what you can discover about the park. All completed trails will receive a small prize.

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Facilities

  • Eat and drink

    Café opening hours

    1 April to 31 October - 10am - 5.30pm

    1 November to 31 March - 10am - 4pm 

    Food

    This vegetarian café is very popular and sells a broad range of homemade soups, hot food, paninis, salads and snacks at very reasonable prices alongside fresh ground coffee. 

    The café is famous for its homemade veggie burgers.

    Ice cream is available, including a dairy free range and other gluten free products

    There is also a picnic area in the park and barbeques are allowed.

  • Walk

    Walks

    Follow the routes on the Brockhill Country Park map (PDF, 1.4 MB).

    The blue route walk covers 0.8 miles around the Victorian lake, once the centrepiece of the Brockhill Estate. 

    The red route walk takes you through the valley to great views of the English Channel.

    Find local walks on the Explore Kent website

    Dog walking

    Dogs are welcome at the park but should be kept on leads close to the car park and café areas. 

    Dogs must also be kept on leads at all times in the Valley, where sheep graze.

    They are not permitted in the play area.

    Please clear up after your dog and put waste in the bins provided.

    Easy access paths

    The main path from the café to the play area has recently been resurfaced and flat as far as the play area.  After this it slopes quite steeply to the lake path. 

    Follow the blue route on the Brockhill Country Park map (PDF, 1.4 MB).

  • Play

    There is a lovely play area suitable to cover age ranges 3-11.

    5 brass rubbings are also dotted around the site displaying some of the creatures native to the park.

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