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Water Safety & Park Rules


In order to enjoy your time at Leybourne Lakes Country Park, it is important that you read our water safety and park rules. 

Water Safety

It is important to consider water safety when visiting this park. When there is hot weather it is tempting to cool off in public lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, especially for children and young adults. However, this can be very dangerous, even fatal.

See the Water Safety Code available from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Parks Rules

We have some simple rules we ask users of the Country Park to follow to ensure everyone can enjoy them safely and free from nuisance or anti-social behaviour. These rules are known as public space protection orders (PSPOs).

  • Lake swimming - There is no unauthorised swimming (entering the water at any depth/distance) is permitted on any of the lakes. Open water swimming must be done through the water sports centre.
  • Alcohol - It’s an offence to continue to drink alcohol in one of our public places when asked by an authorised officer not to do so.
  • Barbeques -  Unauthorised barbeques are not permitted in the Country Park.
  • Camping - Unauthorised camping is not permitted in the Country Park.
  • Dogs must be kept under control and on a lead where required. Owners must clear up after their dog and the maximum number of dogs a single person may exercise at one time is six.
  • Drones may not be flown without authorisation.
  • Public toilets are available in the Country Park. It is an offence to go to the toilet in a public place.


Anyone breaching these rules may be liable to a penalty charge of up to £80.