Planning your day

Let us help you get the best from your visit to Betteshanger


Forthcoming events:

22Aug
basecamp2.pngBetteshanger Basecamp
9:00am - 3:00pm | from £25
Action packed school holiday club
22Aug
BCP 20160407 051_small.jpegArchery (drop-in sessions)
10:00am - 1:00pm | £5
22Aug
BCP 20160407 051_small.jpegArchery (drop-in sessions)
2:00pm - 4:00pm | £5
23Aug
basecamp2.pngBetteshanger Basecamp
9:00am - 3:00pm | from £25
Action packed school holiday club

Opening times

We are open daily from 8am. Our closing time varies with the seasons.

  Park closing time Last cycle hire
11th Feb – 31st March 5.30pm 4.30pm
1st April – 11th Sept 8pm 4.30pm
12th Sept - 2nd Oct 6.30pm 4.30pm
3rd Oct – 31st Oct 5.30pm 3pm
1st Nov - 11th Feb 4.30pm 3pm

 

Collier's Gate opens 30 minutes after the main gate opens and 1 hour before the main gate closes.

Betteshanger Park closes on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Cycle Hire

Our Cycle Hire facility is open every day from 9.30am.

Café

Our café is located in the Visitor Centre and is open from 9.30am.

Closures

From time to time areas of the Park, including our tarmac track or mountain bike trails, may be booked for exclusive use. Please check our track closure page before your visit.

Getting here

Sustainability and green living is at the core of what we do so our favourite forms of transport are trains, buses – and especially bikes.

If you come by car there is plenty of on-site parking near the Visitor Centre. See our Car Parking section for more information.

Address
Betteshanger Park, Sandwich Road, Deal, Kent CT14 0BF

GPS Coordinates:
E 1.36876°, N51. 23670°

OS Grid Reference:
TR352, 540

By Road

We are well connected to the motorways (M20 and M2) and local road network, so we're easy to find. We are on the A258, approximately 2 miles from Deal and 10 miles from Dover.

If you're using a Sat Nav, please use postcode CT14 0BF. Please be aware, your Sat Nav may take you along small country lanes. For a more direct route from the M20 or A2/M2, follow the A256 to Sandwich and then pick up the A258. Please do not follow road signs to Betteshanger village.

By Rail

We are well serviced by the main rail networks and Southeastern High Speed from London. Our nearest train stations are Deal (3 miles) or Sandwich (4 miles).

For train times and rail enquiries please see Southeastern.

By Bus

Our local bus provider is Stagecoach and the No. 13 stops close to the Park.

For bus times and enquires please see Stagecoach.

Entrances

There are two entrances into the Park.

Our main entrance is off the main roundabout at Sholden, near to Deal on the A258 (Sandwich Road). The roundabout is located between Cottington Fishing Lakes and the Old Lorry Farm Shop.

Our rear gate entrance (Colliers' Gate) is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute cycle ride from Southwall Road, Deal. Please note that access is limited at Colliers' Gate to pedestrians and cyclists, and that disabled access is limited at this entrance.

Car parking

We operate a barrier-less pay on foot car parking system which uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology. Charges apply all day, every day, with the charge dependent upon your length of stay.

You don’t need to pay for parking on arrival. Number plate recognition cameras record your entry time and calculate the fee owed when you leave. No ticket is required.

When you’re ready to leave, enter your full registration number at the pay kiosk and your parking fee will be shown on the screen – this will be calculated based on your length of stay. Our machines take cards and coins.

You can also pay for your parking online at www.parkwithease.co.uk up to 48 hours after your visit.

If you’re a Betteshanger Member, you do not need to enter your registration details. You can come and go as you please.

Parking tariffs (from 1st March 2016):

0 - 20 mins Free
20 mins - 3 hours £2
3 hours and over £3

 

Charges apply to motorbikes, cars and minibuses (up to 17 seats), all day, every day. Coaches are free. You can enter Betteshanger Park on foot or by bike for free. Blue Badge holders are exempt from charges but are required to take their badge to a member of staff at Bike Hire in order to have their vehicle registration removed from the ANPR system.

If you use the Park regularly, you’ll find our Annual Membership provides significant savings.

Where payment is not made or parking membership details have not been submitted 48 hours after your visit, the relevant tariff shall be £50 and shall be due at that point. This is to be paid within 28 days but will be reduced to £25 if paid within 14 days. The car park system is being operated on behalf of Betteshanger Park by Park With Ease Limited.

Any profits made from car parking (not fines) and membership go straight back into looking after Betteshanger. So every time you visit you know you are helping to look after the Park, preserve its heritage and promote a sustainable future.

Frequently asked questions

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions which we hope will answer any questions you may have.

Visitor Centre & Café

Our Visitor Centre is located at the heart of the Park, just a short walk from the car park. Here you’ll find toilets, baby change and shower facilities as well as seating. From our Visitor Centre you’ll also be able to learn more about the exciting developments taking place across the Park.

Located within the Visitor Centre, our café is open from 9.30am daily and serves a wide range of locally sourced freshly cooked food and hot and cold drinks. Our café closes at 4pm during the week and 5pm at weekends.

Park rules

We don’t want to constrain your fun by applying too many rules but your safety is our utmost priority. By considering others, we can make every visit a safe and enjoyable one.

Betteshanger is an old coal spoil heap, so please beware that you may find old metal, holes and uneven land. Please take time to read the Park Rules and ensure safety and enjoyment for everyone.

Park rules:
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept under control and on a lead at all times
  • Please clean up after your dog and prevent your dog from approaching wildlife and other Park users
  • Refrain from walking on the tarmac track. Cross at designated 'Crossing Points'
  • Watch out for other Park users, running, cycling and walking on tracks and paths
  • Ensure children are supervised at all times
  • Beware of deep water, no swimming, paddling or boating and keep off the ice in winter
  • Dispose of lit cigarettes carefully
  • Do not start fires or light barbeques in any areas of the Park
  • Please use the bins provided or take your litter home
Cycling rules:
  • Cyclists must wear a helmet at all times
  • Cyclist should only use tracks appropriate to their ability. Blue mountain bike trails are easy/moderate and red trails are challenging/difficult
  • Cycle in a clockwise direction on the tarmac track. Stay to the left of the blue speed training line
  • Be aware of others and adjust your speed accordingly

Stay Safe - Have Fun
Park Ranger emergency number: 07748 085773
An emergency phone is located at the Visitor Centre.

Accessibility

We aim for Betteshanger to be fully accessible to all however due to the nature of the site and its terrain some areas are naturally more difficult to access.

All paths in main areas are hard surfaced, reasonably level and at a safe distance from open water.

Mobility scooters are welcome on surfaced paths. Our Visitor Centre has ramped access and fully accessible toilets. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout.

Many of our activities are accessible to a wide audience. Please download our full access statement and do not hesitate to contact us directly if you wish to discuss any specific needs.