Lake Walk – New Elevated Bench Unveiled

September 10 2014 | Garden

This is the view from the new elevated bench at the far end of the Lake on Lake Walk.

Designed to give you a wonderful view of the Lake, Japanese Tea House Folly and the Loggia, the location of the bench is perfect for a short rest half-way along the Lake Walk, or to spend some quiet time relaxing in the tranquil surroundings of Hever Castle & Gardens.

The peaceful walk around the lake takes approximately 1 hour at a leisurely pace. Along the way see bird boxes that are home to owls, blue tits, robins and woodpeckers and look out for kingfishers, swans, herons and crested grebes on the lake itself. At the foot of the lake there are three second world war pill boxes built to defend a key crossing point on the river Eden.

The 38 acre lake, the brainchild of William Waldorf Astor, was excavated and constructed by 800 men who were contracted in December 1904 to “carry on the works regularly and continuously by day and night (except on Sundays) when so ordered” and complete the work in two years! The lake was filled in July 1906.

Today the Lake provides a tranquil location to reflect, away from the castle and gardens. Families and nature lovers will enjoy the nature trail on Lake Walk and boating provides fun for all ages. Find out more.