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New obstacle course in the woods at Hever Castle

Course is designed for four-to-eight-year-olds and is included in the admission price

Children can now explore a newly-created obstacle course and woodland area in the stunning grounds of Hever Castle, Edenbridge. The new area in Woodland Walk off Lake Walk is aimed at four-eight-year-olds with plenty of natural activities designed to spark the imagination and burn off some energy.

Young visitors can tackle wooden obstacles, balance and climb over logs and stepping stones, scale rope ladders and explore a den. Everything has been created from materials already in the woods from fallen or cut down trees and the paths are made from woodchip from the trees. Bug homes are being made from log piles and picnic benches will also be added.

Props created by Caz Pagden, Hever Castle’s creativity and design co-ordinator for the Peter Pan Christmas trail in 2020 have also been repurposed such as the lost boys’ home and the Native American camp.

All in the price

Entry to the new area is included in the normal admission to Hever Castle & Gardens with entry accessible at the Lake View entrance of Lake View. The new obstacle course can be accessed from Lake Walk, simply follow the signs to Woodland Walk.

Other natural items of interest in Woodland Walk include a seat cut out of tree stumps and a wooden bench for visitors to enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Ornamental large butterflies have also been added to the trees as an extra focal point.

Hever Castle is set in 150 acres of grounds and offers the perfect family day out. As part of a day at Hever Castle, children can also enjoy the Water Maze (will you get out without getting wet?) and three play areas in the grounds including the Tudor Towers adventure playground.

All pictures: Hever Castle & Gardens

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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