Southwater Country Park, Southwater

#7 of 15 in Parks in Horsham District
Must see · Park · Nature / Park
This 90 acre (36 ha) site, created from a former brickworks, has level surfaced paths which provide an easy-going lakeside walk. It offers a selection of outdoor activities including an adventure-style play area, orienteering course, tuition in canoeing and sailing.

The park also includes a beautiful wildlife area 'The Quarry', which is managed for nature conservation and supports wildlife such as lizards, Kingfishers, Nightingales and various butterflies and dragonflies.

The adjacent Downs Link Bridleway passes through the Park, making it a base to explore further afield on foot, bike, or horse.

Dinosaur Island Play Area

Admission is free.

To celebrate Southwater's dinosaur history the Country Park has a 'Dinosaur Island' adventure play area, with dinosaur bones to discover in the sand, aerial walkways, jungle swings and a climbing volcano all set within a prehistoric swamp landscape.

All weather pathways, accessible ramps, a wheelchair accessible roundabout, dinosaur sculptures and musical instruments all contribute towards an inclusive play experience for children with a wide range of abilities.

Visitor Centre and Cafe

Tel: 01403 734607

The Centre offers information, toilets and a cafe and is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.

The opening hours are:

April - September 10am - 5pm

October - March 10am - 4.30pm


For watersports and tuition and hire of craft contact


Lennox Wood Lake can be fished on a day ticket available on the bank. This mixed coarse fishing lake contains Carp, Crucians, Roach, Perch, Pike, Tench and some Eels.


Cycling is not allowed within the Park itself, but is allowed on the Downs Link which runs adjacent to the park. Cycles can be hired from Southwater Watersports, tel: 01403 734424 or visit website (see above link).

Dog Owners

Between April and September all dog owners must keep their dogs on leads whilst walking in Southwater Country Park. This is to protect the local wildlife and is in the interest of other users of the Park as well as for the dog's own safety. See 'Dog Code of Conduct' below for further information.
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  • I met a friend here today. Easy to find and park (free in the winter). Lovely autumnal walk around the lakes with a takeaway cappuccino. Peaceful and soothing at this stressful time - I’ll be back...  more »
  • This used to be such a lovely care free place to play. It’s still beautiful, but it’s become very restrictive. We used to feed the ducks and paddle by the boat ramp, there’s now a locked gate to the.....  more »
  • Perfect for a free day out. All you pay for is to park the car. Kids love it, lots to do. Take a towel and the kids can paddle in the water. Park is great and lots of things to keep kids amused.
  • Awesome place ! Lovely walks around the lake with little beach area for the kids and BBQ points. The park is great plenty to keep the kids entertained for hours. The visitors center has a coffee shop and toilets.
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