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Location - Town: Orpington
Location - County: Kent
Description/directions to location: Riverside Gardens Boating Pond
Cray Avenue (A224)approx 3 miles from J4 M25. Street parking in Kent Road.
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: "Average"
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Within walking distance of Orpington High Street.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website: http://groups.msn.com/DMBC
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No
Anything else to add?: Pond is drained during the winter months.

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Margate

Apparently there was once a 'tidal' boat pond at Margate.

Evidence: this small and murky fold-out multiview.

To make it more fun the caption writer has got two images confused and written 'model yacht pond' on the harbour evening shot and 'eventide' on the model yacht pond.

Andy Tribble, 12.04.2005

There's some evidence on the following AERIAL PHOTO that it's still there - can anyone provide any further information? Thanks, Mark

In reply to your request for info on the Margate tidal pond. I used to live in Margate in the mid to late '80s and the pond that you are asking about was not useable, as seen in the aerial photo. However, if you follow the coast to the right for a short distance you get to this one Aerial Photo

I used to this for my 'unsociable' nitro boats and it was fine. It was even possible to get the car right alongside, don't know if this is still possible.

I now live back in the Manchester area and use a very secluded lake close-ish to where I live. Unfortunatly I am unable to share this location as whilst I and my friends are accepted (tolerated?) on there with our electric, nitro and gas boats I feel quite certain that if many others start using it then this ideal spot will have it's access denied to all. Unfortunately I should imagine that this is the case with many waters.

Cheers,
Kev Bunting, 22.06.2005

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Folkestone

Click on image for gallery of Mikes Huntsman

A small pond in Folkestone called Radner Park adjacent to the hospital (no signs to say if you can or canít use it. I spoke to a couple of fishermen and they were more than happy for me to be there)

Listed by Mike Last [22.04.2006]

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Dover

Kearsney Abbey Gardens, Dover.

The guidebook says: "The gardens at Kearsney Abbey are laid out as informal parkland around two ornamental lakes through which the River Dour flows. The abbey itself was demolished many years ago although the west wing remains and is now used as a café facility for visitors to the park.

The site is popular at all times of the year but especially in the summer time when the lawns become a favourite picnic site at weekends. A play area for children is available and the lower lake is used for model boating."

The Gardens are off Alkham Road, Dover.

Listed by Andy Tribble, 23.04.2006

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Location - Town: Herne Bay
Location - County: Kent
Description/directions to location: Dering road, at the corner of the park.
Parking on the road very close by, water is not deep but enough to sail most motor boats and small yachts.
Take the Canterbury road from the A299 thanet way, after going under the railway bridge turn left into spenser road,Dering road is about the forth road on the right.
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Small
Depth: "Wellies"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: Plenty nearby.
Open Public Access: Open access
Local model boat club: yes
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Unsure
Electric is fine.
Multimap
Anything else to add?: Used by Herne Bay model boat club.

Listed by Mark [08.12.2008]

Updated 29.07.2009 - photos by John B TUGS R US M.B.C


Location - Town: Greenhithe
Location - County: Kent
Description/directions to location: Man made lake in Bluewater Shopping Centre.Next to the Creche, and at the side of the complex.
Used exclusively by Chantry Model club
Type: Other - please provide more info below
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: Limited
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: Lots of shops
Toilet facilities
Open Public Access: Sailing on club days by arrangement - guests welcome
Local model boat club: yes
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No I.C,engined boats.
Steam boats to be vetted before use.
Sailing only allowed if club committee member present.
club allowa visitors
Multimap:
Anything else to add?: scale tugs,and sailing barges a speciality.

Our own 16ft towboat

Listed by George Boyd [20.04.2010]

Lost Ponds

Lost Pond for Kent. Bromley in the SE corner of London. A flower bed now apparently.

Andy Tribble [04.04.2006]

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Anything to add or amend? More pics?