Haysden Country Park

Lower Haysden Ln, Tonbridge, TN11 9BB

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Parking

The car park has a height barrier (two metres) and is pay and display. The car park is open from 7.30am and locked at dusk. There is no call-out facility if your car remains in the car park after the gates are locked. Parking charges, maximum stay is the opening times of the park up to four hours £1.40; over four hours, £4.

Terrain

Mostly flat with well-marked trails.

Water

Yes. River Medway cuts through the park, but not very easily accessed entrance to the water. There a few spots where Maple was able to jump in and out of the river. There are also ponds and lakes that can be reached during your walk in the park.

Poo Bins

ou can find poo bin located throughout the main paths.

Local Features

Haysden Country Park lies on the western outskirts of Tonbridge. It covers an area of about 65 hectares and includes a range of natural habitats such as river, grassland, freshwater lakes, marshland, and woodland. The site is designated as a Local Nature Reserve and in part a Site of Nature Conservation Interest. Visitors can spend time exploring the Nature or Historical Trails or simply enjoy a stroll in the countryside. A designated cycle-route (Regional Cycle Route 12) passes through the Park stretching to Penshurst Place to the west and Tonbridge Castle to the east. The Park also has a children’s play area, picnic areas, toilets and ample parking.

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The access to the park can be easily reached from the main car park. Most of the paths are easy to navigate, wide enough and muddy. The routes run along the river Medway, and you can cross the river at several locations via small bridges. The river banks were mostly covered by heavy vegetation, so if your dog loves water, you will need to find some spots where your dog  can reach the river. Continuing the walk, we reached the Hayden Water lake, where Tonbridge Sailing Club is located. It was a busy morning at the club, so we didn't try to get into the water. I tried to find some information about dogs being allowed to swim, but unfortunately, I couldn't find any. Overall, another great walk, suitable for all kinds of dogs.

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