Bonjour lecteurs! The sun is out! Time to enjoy some quality time with your family. Hip hip hurrah! I am going to post more free family days out in Kent over the next few weeks. So that you can get plenty of idées and you can discover some new Kentish gems with your little ones! Don’t forget to check out my old Villages in Kent posts. But for now, time, to take you to a local place we love, Singleton Lake!
If you happen to be in Kent, Singleton Lake is a beautiful place to hang around (the postcode is TN23 5UJ if you need it).
It’s part of the ‘Ashford Green Corridor’. This man-made lake has become over time a wildlife haven.
It’s also really peaceful for cycling and there are some tables around if you fancy a picnic.
Easy Family Exercise!
We went last week when it was quite overcast as it is such an easy day out for us. It’s always good to get some fresh air!
But probably best to go on a sunny day! It is truly beautiful to stay by the river and it is relatively calm.
You might spot the odd fisher, but it’s usually quite peaceful. L’excuse parfaite to go for a little walk with younger kids! It’s not too long and circular.
If you fancy being a bit more adventurous, you can also walk along the Great Stour River which runs alongside. Head over to the next village, Great Chart for a bit more country scenery. It’s a lovely townlet with many paths to walk!
Expect it to be busier at the weekends and Bank holidays. It’s a classic spot for people in the area.
What I like the most about Singleton Lake is that it’s so versatile. I go often there on my own when I cycle.
En plus, when we go with Baba, there is a lot of wildlife and plants to observe.
Take your time and observe or play hide and seek in the bushes!
We love getting some food to the birds. And you have the odd information about the local wildlife around the lake, which turns it into an educational adventure too!
The place is the peaceful habitat of many species. Try to spot a nightingale in the trees if you can!
We always see and gladly observe the ducks and swans. Les canards are among our favourite.
But what I love the most about Singleton Lake is how easy you can observe ducklings!
It’s truly a sweet experience for toddlers and you can do so very closely without disturbing their natural habitat!
It’s quite spacious and you have many spots along the lake to pause and observe the animals. So it never feels over-crowded!
The waterfall on the side of the lake (in the woody bit!) is stunning! And so peaceful! (photo from last year!)
Carry on the adventure with the path on the west side.
It connects Singleton Lake to Victoria Park: a huge park within Ashford with a skate area and also two big playgrounds! Stop by the Queen Victoria statue et voilà!
Singleton Lake & Victoria Park
So, ready to stop by Singleton Lake and then head over to Victoria Park?
Even better, you have free parking (you’ve got plenty of space) and it’s also suitable for the disabled. Just follow the path and relax in nature.
It’s a very pleasant spot for a short walk with the kiddies.
Et they can feed and observe the ducks, geese and swans on the lake and around.
I hope this is helpful for parents who live in Kent or for people visiting the beautiful Kentish country?
See you soon for more family days out in Kent! And follow me now on Instagram for more adventures on my feed and in my stories!