Five beautiful places to visit in and around Sevenoaks this autumn.
Tucked away amidst rows of houses in Sevenoaks is this hidden gem – Bradbourne Lakes. The five lakes, linked by waterfalls and sluices, are embanked by stone verges, and cover a distance of a quarter of a mile. The model boat club also meet here to test out their vessels on the waterways. www.bradbournelakes.co.uk
Haysden Country Park
Situated to the west of Tonbridge, this country park covers an area of about 160 acres, and includes a range of habitats such as river, grassland, freshwater lakes, marshland and woodland. There are historical and nature trails to follow, and when you’re ready for a rest there’s a café and picnic area to enjoy. www.tmbc.gov.uk
A small village just outside Sevenoaks, Underriver is a lively community with quaint shops, a bustling pub and plenty of countryside walks. If you climb up high you’ll be able to admire stunning views across the Weald – one of the best spots to catch a glimpse of the rolling hills and surrounding countryside is from St Julian’s country club. www.underriver-village.org.uk
Broadview Gardens is a unique garden originally designed and maintained as a teaching resource for students at Hadlow College, now open to the public. The eight acres of garden are formed around a 100 metre long double mixed border backed with clipped Yew hedges and columnar Oak trees. Each season brings with it new plants and new displays to be seen. www.broadviewgardens.co.uk
The National Trust founder, Octavia Hill was said to be inspired by Toy’s Hill to start the trust. In 1898 she donated the terrace, and it was one of the National Trust’s first properties. With stunning views and lovely walks, Toy’s Hill is more than 200 acres woodland. The area is designated a Site of Special Scientiﬁc Interest due to its abundant wildlife.