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Southwater Country Park

Southwater Country Park path around the lake

Enjoy a stroll around the lake, an adventure at Dinosaur Island, and a picnic on the beach

Southwater Country Park visitor centre has picnic benches and a view of the lake

Sit back and enjoy the view from our lakeside café, serving food all day

Dinosaur Island play equipment

Follow the dinosaur footprints to our children’s play area, a must for little adventurers

Sailing boats on Southwater Country Park lake

Dip your toe in the water and try sailing, paddle-boarding and kayaking

Horsham District’s parks and countryside sites are vitally important at this time. However, social distancing, as set out by the Government, is absolutely crucial.  We have therefore put in place some restrictions.

From Saturday 4 July, the following conditions will apply;

  • Station Road car park is open and charges apply
  • Worthing Road and Ben’s Field car parks remain closed
  • The beach area on the lake is closed. It will remain closed until we feel it is safe to be able to re-open
  • The number of toilets available is limited, while they undergo a deep clean and essential repairs
  • The café is open for takeaway service only
  • Dinosaur Island play area is open. Please follow play area guidelines
  • Watersports is open and managed by Southwater Sports

For additional updates on restrictions and closures across the district, please visit our Coronavirus: Parks, leisure and venues web page


Take an easy-going walk around the lake on our flat level paths, follow the footprints to our Dinosaur Island play area, or visit The Quarry, a natural conservation area home to lizards, kingfishers and butterflies.

Southwater Country Park makes a perfect day out as it's suitable for all ages and abilities - the cafe and visitor centre has toilets and serves hot food and drink all day, while watersports sessions are run on the lake. The park is located next to the Downs Link, a beautiful off-road trail popular with families.  Hire bikes from Southwater Watersports to make your day even more adventurous.

Find us, opening times and parking

Our address is Cripplegate Lane, Southwater, Horsham RH13 9UN

Southwater Country Park is open daily, 8am until dusk.

Parking charges

Southwater Country Park has three car parks.

  • The Visitor Centre/Station Road
  • Stakers Lane/Benns Field
  • Worthing Road car park at the top end of the park

There are four disabled parking bays marked out in the Station Road car park.
Please be aware that there are height barriers in place in the car parks. If this will affect your visit, please call 01403 731218 prior to travel.

Annual permits are available for £30. To buy an annual permit, email parking@horsham.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can pay as you go at the prices below.

Parking charges apply from 10am-6pm between April 1 and October 31.

Up to 1 hour 50p
Up to 3 hours £1.50
All day £3

Charges apply at weekends only 10am-4pm.

Weekdays Free
Weekends, up to 1 hour 50p
Weekends, up to 3 hours £1.50
Weekends, all day £3

Dog walking policy

Between April and September, all dog owners must keep their dogs on leads 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 dogs' own safety. The Café has a dog bowl outside and sells dog treats.

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