Bewl Water Reservoir, Cycling, Walks, Sailing & Fishing In Kent

A Beautiful Open Stretch Of Water Than Can Be Enjoyed Year Round

This is the Yourcounty Bewl Water feature, it's one of the most beautiful and specular attractions in the area. Our Kent Tourism features are based on actual experience, shaped and encouraged by our user feedback and researcher interviews. We welcome your comments if you've visited Bewl or have some thoughts about local places of interest in general. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page.

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About Bewl

Bewl Water near Lamberhurst was opened to the public in 1975. Owned by Southern Water it is the largest area of open water in South East England. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the High Weald, it attracts nearly a quarter of a million visitors each year and is a wonderful place to spend some time. When water levels are high and the weather is good it's hard to imagine a more relaxing and inspiring place to be in West Kent.

Bewl is home to over three thousand different wildlife species, it a joy to visit, and even dog walkers are welcome; as long as they follow a few simple and common sense rules.

Things To Do

There's a huge range of things to do at Bewl Water, most attract a fee in addition to the standard entrance charge. including:

  • Corporate Hire - Team building activities through Water Works Team Builders.
  • Family Fun - There is a range of family activities available including:
    • Adventure Playground and Junior Playground
    • Children's fishing ponds (all equipment and basic instructions provided).
    • Children's quad bikes
    • Crazy golf
    • Hydroballing (height and weight restrictions apply)
  • Fishing - Bewl offers fishing from its fleet of over 50 excellent fishing boats, all regularly maintained. The Fishing Lodge is open every day in season from 8.30am as well as fishing tickets anglers can buy and hire equipment. The season normally opens for the last week in April, see the website for the start of the 2013 fishing season.
  • Outdoor Pursuits - Bewl Outdoor Pursuit Centre can offer both residential and one day courses in; team building, sailing, canoeing and climbing. The centre has great equipment, qualified staff and accommodation for 36 people.
  • Swallow Cruises - It is home to The Swallow, a passenger boat able to accommodate up to 80 passengers and providing on board facilities such as a licensed bar, hot drinks and snacks. Weather permitting the boat sails every day during the season (mid June to September) and many weekends, high days and holidays. There are also themed sailings and the vessel is available for private hire.
  • Walking and Riding Routes - You can cycle or walk a full circuit of the reservoir if you wish. The orbital is nearly 13 miles in length and is called the 'Round Reservoir Route'. Walkers can normally do the circuit 12 months of the year but cyclists and horse riders are dependent on the route being dry enough for their passage. All terrain bikes are required. The walk can take in excess of five hours. You can bring your own cycle or hire one on site at a competitive rate.
  • Waterside Bar & Restaurant - Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Morning Coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. A traditional roast on Sunday. Watersports:
    • Bridge Rowing Club have over 140 members but are always happy to welcome new members.
    • Canoe Club meet every Friday at 5pm from April to October.
    • Valley Sailing Club has grown into one of the biggest clubs in the UK and RYA Training Centre. The reservoir is open daily from 9am until sunset, except Christmas Day. Most activities are seasonal so always check if you intend on doing something specific. For more information on all the events and admission charges call 01892 890000 or email

Sponsored Walks And Rides

Bewl water lends itself to a wide range of sponsored and fund raising events, not least sponsored walks around the reservoir. Contact Bewl direct for more details.

Opening Times

  • It is open daily from 9am (except Christmas Day)
  • From 21st March – 31st October 2013 the Park will be closed at sunset. Please note that no cars will be able to leave the park after this time.
  • Please be aware not all attractions open in winter months, so check first to avoid disappointment.

Standard Admission Charges 2013

Details correct at the time of writing but please see the website for the latest details.

  • Family ticket - £15 (2 adults + 2 children + £2 each additional child)
  • Adults - £4
  • Children (5 - 15) - £4
  • Seniors £4
  • Children under 5 - Free
  • Cyclists - £3

Location & Contact:

  • The Estate Office, Lamberhurst, Kent, TN3 8JH
  • 01892 890000

Feedback & Disclaimer

We check our content regularly but if you find information or links in need of alteration please let us know.This page is under constant improvement. We welcome feedback about Bewl or any aspect of your experience including visiting the website. If you'd like to recommend an attraction not included in our Discover Kent index drop us a line with 'Discover Kent' in the email title.

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