During the summer months, nothing feels better than escaping the heat and splashing around in fresh, crisp water. For those that don’t fancy watersports in the sea, Bewl Water is the perfect place to set up camp and to try your hand at a variety of water activities.
About Bewl Water
Bewl Water is a beautiful reservoir nestled in the valley of the River Bewl. Sitting on the boundary between Kent and East Sussex, it’s just a 20-minute drive from Tunbridge Wells. There are tons of activities to do for all the family, including an around the reservoir walk which takes six hours, or an around the reservoir cycle which takes around three. We often just do a portion of the route and then return back to the beginning before heading to the play area.
Getting on the water at Bewl
The calm reservoir waters at Bewl are perfect for a variety of water-based activities including sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, canoeing, rowing and pedalos. Some of these activities are reserved for club members, but most are open to the public. Pedalos and rowing boats are available to hire throughout the Spring and Summer months so long as the weather permits, and there are also several different sailing and windsurfing classes available. If you plan on getting on the water, then be sure to wear the appropriate clothing, although you won’t need specialist sailing clothing, some swimwear and a towel is at least advised.
Bewl’s famous Aquapark
For adrenaline junkies, we couldn’t fail to mention Bewl Water’s famous Aquapark – a giant obstacle course on the water. Challenge your friends and family to traverse through the obstacles without falling in, and enjoy the thrill of more than 2400sw metres of inflatable fun. Expect springboards, action towers, half popes, hurdles, monkey bars, balance beams and more.
For those who like a spot of fishing, Bewl is also home to gigantic trout, pike and perch. Boats are available to hire if you need and fly-fishing places are also designated on the banks – the choice is yours. If you plan on fishing during your visit, then permits must be purchased before you arrive, so do check out the website.
Sadly, due to COVID-19, Bewl’s fantastic cafe and bistro are both currently closed, but when they reopen they are the perfect place to enjoy a light bite or something more substantial with a waterfront view. For now, pack plenty of your own snacks to keep you satiated and keep an eye out on the website for their opening date.
With so much to do and in such beautiful surroundings, it’s unsurprising that Bewl also offers camping for those that just can’t fit enough in one day. The campsite is also right near the water and is explicitly aimed at families and small groups with no loud music, hen or stag parties allowed to ruin the peace. Pitches are spaced nice and far apart giving everyone plenty of privacy and children plenty of space to roam. There are also communal areas in which to meet your fellow campers if you fancy some socialisation.
So the next time you’re looking for a family day out somewhere with plenty of water-based activities, why not give Bewl a try?