Walks for all - Tonbridge to Haysden Country Park

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Walk information

Start point postcode: TN9 1HR - get directions
Length: 4.8 km (3 miles)
Duration (estimated): 1.75 hours

Parking: No.

Public transport: Visit Traveline

Walk summary

In the heart of Kent and perfect for a family day out, Haysden Country Park lies on the banks of the River Medway. Located between Haysden and Barden Lakes on the outskirts of the bustling historic market town of Tonbridge, it is easily accessible by rail.

Maps and guides

Download the Tonbridge to Haysden walking guide (PDF, 846.2 KB).

Ordnance Survey Explorer map 147 covers this walk. Available from the Ordnance Survey shop.

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About the walk

This delightful route is found in the Walks for All series and is mainly flat along a tarmac path with hard surfaces around the lake. The walk is also very convenient for visitors taking advantage of the train.

Leaving the motte and bailey of Tonbridge Castle behind, the path follows through light woodland. Small streams and picturesque ponds to open out alongside Barden Lake - a popular spot with bird and wildlife enthusiasts, as well as families throughout the year.

There are plenty of resting points to sit and enjoy the antics of the wildfowl on the lake.

This area has been designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.

Haysden Country Park also offers good facilities including toilets with disabled access and a children's play area.