GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Eastwell Park Lake and Broughton Lees Walk

2 miles (3.2 km)

This walk visits the Eastwell Park Estate in Boughton Lees in Kent. The ancient estate includes a 14th century church, attractive parkland, the photogenic Eastwell Towers, a prety lake and the fine stately homewhich is now operated as acountry househotel. The estate is located just north of Ashford in Kent.
You can park at the car park next to the church at the northern end of Eastwell Lake. The ruined 14th century church contains a memorial commemorating the grave ofRichard Plantagenet, alleged to be the illegitimate son ofRichard III. He worked as a bricklayer on the original country house during the 16th century. From here you can follow a surfaced section of the North Downs Way with views over the water. Follow the trail east and it will take you to Broughton Lees village where you can enjoy some refreshments. You'll also pass the grand Eastwell Manor Hotel where you could enjoy an afternoon tea before a stroll around the lovely gardens. The house is notable as a former royal residence having been occupied byPrince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the second son ofQueen Victoria.

Postcode

TN25 4JT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Eastwell Park Lake OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Eastwell Park Lake Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north along the North Downs Way and you will soon come to expansive King's Wood. There's a nice sculpture trail, a variety of woodland birds and lots of bluebells to be found here during the spring months.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

View of Eastwell Lake from the North Downs Way - geograph.org.uk - 1198804

View of Eastwell Lake from the North Downs Way

Meadow by St Mary's Church - geograph.org.uk - 2537412

Meadow by St Mary's Church

Reputed to be the tomb of Richard Plantagenet - geograph.org.uk - 1198848

Tomb in the ruined parish church of St Mary, Eastwell, Kent, reputed to be that of Richard Plantagenet. The inscription dates it as 22 December, 1550. Richard Plantagenet was the illegitimate son of Richard III. He worked on the Eastwell Estate and is in the register of burials.

The church of St. Mary, Eastwell - geograph.org.uk - 1198814

Ruined parish church of St Mary, Eastwell, Kent, seen from the northeast. The small building on the left is a 19th-century mortuary chapel. Three monuments were removed to in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

North Downs Way heads to Boughton Lees - geograph.org.uk - 1457726

North Downs Way heads to Boughton Lees

Gardens at Eastwell Manor, Boughton Lees - geograph.org.uk - 129078

Gardens at Eastwell Manor, Boughton Lees. Looking SE from the terrace across formal gardens. The Manor house has been rebuilt several times over the centuries and was surrounded by a 3,000 acre deer park. Today it is run as an hotel, retaining only 62 acres of the grounds within the park. For about 250 years the place was home to the Moyle-Finch family, the Earls of Winchelsea.

Eastwell Manor viewed from the footpath that runs parallel to the drive. - geograph.org.uk - 1198784

Eastwell Manor viewed from the footpath that runs parallel to the drive. This is the fourth manor house to be built on the estate and it dates from 1928. It is now a hotel and conference centre.

Cricket Pavilion - geograph.org.uk - 2436689

Cricket Pavilion at Broughton Lees

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