The land that now forms the park once belonged to the 18th Century Douce's Manor (formerly St Leonard's), which still overlooks the park from St Leonard's Street.
The lake is thought to have been made in the early to mid-1800s by damming the Ewell stream. It may have been stocked as a fishing lake for the manor or nearby abbey.
You'll find the remains of an ice house (listed Grade II by English Heritage) near the water in Ice House Field, next to St Leonard's Street.
The ice house chamber is believed to have been built between 1776 and 1789 for keeping ice from the lake for use in the manor kitchens.
During World War Two the field where the ice house is was used as a prison camp for interned Germans.
Kent County Council bought the 52 acres that now form Manor Park Country Park in 1973 and opened it to the public in 1976.
This park is managed by the Kent County Council Kent Country Parks team. Contact the Kent Country Parks team.
A variety of walks of different lengths can be enjoyed. You can wander along the lake and back via Douce's Meadow, Abbey Field or Chestnut Paddock, or take a short stroll through the park to West Malling town centre, where there is a variety of shops and historic buildings.
You can also use the park as a base to explore the wider area. Two public rights of way run through the site, and this path network can be used to create your own circular walks outside the park. Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 148 will help with your route planning
Dogs are free to roam at Manor Park but must be under close control at all times.
They are not allowed in the play area and must be on leads around the car park, play area and café.
Dogs are not allowed to swim in the lake.
At certain times of the year, Chestnut Paddock and Abbey Field are grazed by cattle. Signs will be put on gates to forewarn you to put dogs on leads at these times.
Dog bins can be found alongside all surfaced paths on the site.
There are 284 metres of surfaced path that form a circular route between the café, play area and lake, these have a loose stone fill surface but do involve some steep gradients.
There are also 2 public footpaths that cross the park as well as unsurfaced routes throughout the park which have gates to access the different areas.
Our play area is in Douce's Meadow, a short stroll from the café and toilets, and adjacent to a number of picnic tables. It provides a good range of equipment, most suited to younger children.
Toilet facilities are available at all times when the park is open to visitors, even if the café is closed.
There is a unisex accessible toilet within the main building which can be accessed via surfaced pathways and does not require a Radar key to access.
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