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.
Step by step guide
From the entrance to Lower Castle Fields car park, walk up the road for 10m to take the path on the left indicated by the Weald Way sign pointing to the left.
Follow the path round the corner to the left and continue until you reach the railway underpass.
Continue to follow the path over the footbridge until the path forks.
Take the left fork (following the sign to Haysden Country Park) which leads you over two further footbridges. Keep following the path until you reach a footbridge on your left.
Go over the footbridge followed by a second footbridge then turn right following the sign to Haysden Country Park and Penshurst through the woodland to reach Barden Lake.
Turn left and follow the path round the edge of the lake.
Half way round the lake there is a left turn, which will guide you through an underpass and to Haysden Country Park car park and playground. Alternatively, continue round the lake and retrace your steps back to the start.