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Local Area

The Inn on the Lake sits on the edge of Shorne Country Park and is a short drive away from many other beautiful woods, country parks and local villages.

Shorne Woods Country Park

Shorne Woods Country Park is 292 acres of beautiful woodlands, wetlands, and meadows, literally on our doorstep. With its eco-friendly visitor centre and restaurant, fishing lakes, trim trail and picnic and play areas, the park has everything you need to spend a day enjoying the best of Kent's countryside.

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Ashenbank Woods

Ashenbank Woods in Cobham, a 5 minute walk from the hotel, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is teeming with extraordinary wildlife.

You can walk to Ashenbank Woods from the hotel - a 5 minute stroll over the bridge will take you into the heart of the woods.

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Jeskyns Community Woodland

Jeskyns Community Woodland is home to 360 acres of newly planted woodlands, meadows, and orchards. The park has a good network of walking trails, play areas for the children, café, and even a dog activity trail.

You can visit a Fairy and Elf Village, introduce the family to the Gruffalo and his friends, say hello to the cows, take the dog for a paddle or just sit and watch the world go by under wide skies full of singing skylarks.

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Cobham Wood & Mausoleum

Set within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cobham Wood is one of the few ancient wood pastures remaining in the UK. Comprising of open grassland and mature trees, this Special Site of Scientific Interest is grazed by Highland Cattle.

Standing at the highest point of the site is the 18th century Darnley Mausoleum. Designed by architect James Wyatt, the restored Mausoleum was featured in the BBCs Restoration programme in 2003. The Mausoleum is open on the first Sunday of the month from April to September, see opening times for additional Sunday openings where possible.

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Cobham Village

Cobham village is a beautiful village steeped in history. Charles Dickens enjoyed walking here from his home in Gad’s Hill to work through the storylines of his novels. The famous Leather Bottle pub was immortalised in The Pickwick Papers and houses a fine collection of Dickensian memorabilia.

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Visit our Special Offers page for details on how to combine these walks with a stay at the Inn on the Lake.

Further Afield

There are a wide range of local attractions for those on a leisure break and excellent facilities for those on business. We are just minutes from the M2 and M25 motorways, and located just 20 miles from central London. Plus access to the high speed rail link of Ebbsfleet International Station is just minutes away, making the Inn on the Lake perfect for all our guests.

Ebbsfleet International

Ebbsfleet International Railway Station has high speed rail links to central London, Ashford as well as Paris via Eurostar. Located just over 7 miles away and a 9 minute car journey from the Inn on the Lake, making access very easy for your onward or inbound journey.

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One of the biggest shopping and retail outlets in the UK, Bluewater has something for everyone. Open daily until 21:00 and 17:00 on Sundays, Bluewater is packed with a wide selection of excellent shops, bars and restaurants. Bluewater is located just under 9 miles away and only an 8 minute drive.


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Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch is a favourite for any motorsport enthusiast, and a regular host to a wide range of car and motorcycle racing events including the British Touring Car championship, NASCAR Europe and the British Superbike Championship.

A truly excellent day out and located just under 12 miles away and only a 22 minute drive, making the Inn on the Lake the perfect place to call home during your visit.

Rochester Castle and Cathedral

Rochester Castle is known as one of the best preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in England. Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest cathedral in England and is a true sight not to be missed.

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Chatham Historic Dockyard

Go back in time and become absorbed in a tale of 18th Century dockyard life. Visit the old Victorian Ropery, discover how wooden war ships were built and relive some of the RNLI’s most memorable rescues. Set in a stunning 80-acre estate The Historic Dockyard Chatham will excite and entertain you – whatever your age!

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Fort Amherst Heritage Park and Caverns

A fortification of international importance and Britain’s largest Napoleonic fortress, Fort Amherst boast’s a fascinating 300 year history, an amazing network of underground passages and numerous original buildings and gun emplacements.

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The Royal Engineers Museum

The Royal Engineers Museum of Military Engineering is one of the foremost Military Museums in the country. The Museum and Library tell the story of the Corps of Royal Engineers and military engineering. It is a story about the Sappers and their courage, creativity and innovation.

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Hever Castle

Be inspired to come and visit this thirteenth century romantic castle – once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Set in magnificent gardens from the majestic formal Italian Garden and topiary, to the informal meanderings of the lakeside and Sunday Walk. The Water Maze on Sixteen Acre Island and the Yew Maze challenges both adults and children alike!

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Leeds Castle and Gardens

Listed in the Domesday Book, this castle has been a Norman stronghold, a royal residence for six of England’s medieval queens, a palace of Henry VIII, and a retreat for the powerful and influential.

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Howletts and Port Lympe Wild Animal Parks

The John Aspinall Foundation in conjunction with Howletts Wild Animal Park is devoted to saving rare and endangered animals, returning them to protected areas in the wild. As a charity they rely on the support of the general public to help fund their work.

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Dockside Outlet Shopping Centre

The £63 million Dockside Outlet Centre is a Grade ll Listed Building and was originally constructed at Woolwich Dockyard in approximately 1847, but was dismantled and re-erected in Chatham Dockyard in around 1876. The building is historically important, as an early example of the use of cast and wrought iron, most of which can still be viewed. Now converted, the Dockside Outlet offers fine shopping at discounted prices.

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Medway Sailing

Why not participate in a leisurely Sailing trip along the River Medway? From the base in Chatham Marina, discover the Medway and its environment as seen by Admiral Lord Nelson. View the birdlife in its natural habitat as you sail towards the Estuary, only motoring for lock access or adverse wind conditions.

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Gravesend Cyclopark

Cyclopark is a purpose-built facility for cycling and other outdoor activities, located 10 minutes from the Inn on the Lake.

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