Conningbrook Lakes Country Park
This country park and nature reserve is located close to the town of Ashford in Kent.
It's a great place for some easy waterside walking with footpaths running along the lakes, ponds and the River Great Stour which runs past the park. You can start the walk from the Julie Rose Stadium car park, on th eastern side of the park. From here you can pick up the footpaths heading around the three lakes, the grassland and the wetland in the park.
The reserve is great for wildlife spotting so keep your eyes peeled for birds including hoveller, wigeon, tufted duck and Gadwall. In the summer months you should also see plenty of butterflies fluttering around the wildflowers.
PostcodeTN24 9QX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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You could head into Ashford and visit the Riverside Inn for some refreshments after your exercise. Here you can relax outside in the lovely garden and enjoy a meal with some lovely views. It has one of the best pub gardens in the area, with it’s lawns, well-kept flowerbeds and newly built pagoda. You can find the pub at Torrington Road with a postcode of TN23 7TG.
The park is also not far from Wye village which is well worth a visit. Here you'll find the noteworthy Kings Head pub. The old Victorian coaching inn has a good menu and also provides fine accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find the inn on Church Street at a postcode of TN25 5BN for your sat navs.
The park is a nice place for a dog walk but you are advised to keep them on leads because of the wildlife in the park.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Stour Valley Walk runs past the site. You could pick up the waymarked trail and follow it north towards the delightful village of Wye. Here you can pick up the North Downs Way and follow it up to the Wye Downs where there are fabulous views over the surrounding area. The trail can also be followed to the lovely Eastwell Park Lake and the expansive King's Wood.