Bewl Water

Bewl Water

Bewl Water Lake
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Discover beautiful landscapes, native wildlife, and woodland adventures at the largest reservoir in South East England. Bewl Water is open all year round and is the perfect place to watch the seasons change.

Spanning 800 acres across Kent and Sussex, the reservoir offers a range of healthy, outdoor activities sure to entertain children, grownups, and furry friends alike.


Home to hundreds of protected species and native wildlife, Bewl Water is a haven for birds, insects, and animals which can be enjoyed from a distance in the bird hide and nature reserve.

Just a short walk from Wards Lane, wildlife watching at Bewl Water offers fantastic opportunities to enrich young children’s knowledge of the natural world around them and offers a golden opportunity for family bonding.

Family-friendly walking routes

Surrounding the reservoir are 12.5 miles of self-guided walking and cycling trails that follow a collection of scenic forest paths and winding country lanes.

Designed to help visitors navigate their way through the extensive landscape, the guided routes range from short to long distances, allowing walkers and cyclists of all ages to see the reservoir at their own pace.

Maps can be collected from the Waterfront Café.


What with being a great form of exercise and an easy way to soak up the sights of Bewl Water, cycling is the perfect way to get outdoors and enjoy some two-wheeled fitness fun with the whole family.

There are 12 ½ miles of surfaced trails, country lanes and scenic meadows for cyclists to explore, most of it off-road and traffic-free, making the route great for children.

You can bring your own bike or hire one from the cycle shop which can be found in front of The Waterfront Café.  Here you can also collect a map which is recommended.

Soft play

Venture inside Bewl Water (next to The Waterfront Café) and you’ll find two challenging levels of soft play fun perfect for children aged 0-8.

The bright and colourful structure is crammed with interactivity, different play features and numerous routes up and down allowing children to explore a safe and stimulating environment whilst learning, running free, and most importantly having fun.

Soft play sessions last for one hour, giving parents plenty of time to grab a treat for themselves from The Waterfront Café where drinks, hot food and light bites are served.

Outdoor playgrounds

Designed for little adventurers with the most imaginative of minds, Bewl Water is home to two outdoor playgrounds which feature sweeping timber structures, a trim trail, climbing frames and multiple slides. With views of the natural landscape, the playgrounds enhance learning by boosting balance, agility, memory, and concentration through communication and teamwork.

Outdoor play is free of charge.

Laser tag

Suitable for kids and grownups alike, laser tag at Bewl Water combines a genuine, immersive experience with life-like combat scenarios in a purpose-built military-themed battle zone.

Using industry-leading laser guns, players will enjoy three games in the outdoor arena: Team Death Match, Attack and Defend, and Protect the VIP.

Laser tag sessions last for 50 minutes.

Aqua Park

Slip, slide and splash your way into summer with the UK’s best Wibit Aqua Park! Perfect for groups, families, and children from age six, the 3,000 square meter obstacle course floats on Bewl Water’s reservoir every year throughout late spring and summer.

Promising pure inflatable fun, Bewl Water’s Aqua Park consists of a giant ice and action tower, springboard, balance bar, flip mattress, cliff, monkey bars, slide, hurdles, and lots, lots more.

Aqua Park sessions last for 50 minutes.

Water sports

From soaking up the sunshine on a paddleboard to cruising along the reservoir in a canoe, taking to the water at Bewl allows you to experience the site’s beautiful scenery up close, engage in some healthy, outdoor fun and learn something new.

As South East England’s largest stretch of open water, there’s plenty of space to enjoy a range of water sports including sailing, windsurfing, rowing, open-water swimming, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding.


Bewl Water has long been a premier destination for trout, pike and perch making it a popular spot for fishing amongst experienced anglers and beginners alike. Any method and fly fishing can be done from their fleet of 54 fishing boats allowing visitors to explore the freshwater and soak up the glorious views throughout all seasons.

You must be over 18 years old to hire a boat, which must be pre-booked in advance.

Waterfront Café

Whether you're exploring Bewl Water by boat, bike or on foot, refuel at the dog-friendly Waterfront Café where you can enjoy a selection of hot food, light bites, and tasty snacks whilst overlooking glorious views of the reservoir.


  • Type of Adventure/Activity

    Adventure Sports

  • Location features

    In countryside, Outdoor attraction

  • Establishment Features

    Self guided activity/route, Child Friendly, Family Friendly, Picnic site

  • Catering


  • Leisure Facilities

    Cycle hire

  • Parking & Transport

    On site parking (charge)


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