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Lesnes Abbey Woods

Abbey Road, Belvedere, Kent, DA17 5DL

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • Lesnes Abbey Woods is a large area of open space and natural woodland.
    • It is bounded by Abbey Road in the North, Woolwich Road to the South, New Road to the West and Heron Hill to the East.
    • Within the park are the 12th century ruins of Lesnes Abbey and the historic Mulberry Tree.
    • There is also a fossil bed within the wood where the public are allowed to dig.
    • The Green Chain Walk route passes through the park.
    • The newly opened (2016) Lesnes Lodge contains community rooms that are available for hire for talks, classes and private events.
    • A children's nursery will also be based there.
    • The building also houses a refreshment kiosk with outside seating and public toilets.
    • The park and woodlands are in a naturally hilly area, with some long and steep slopes which may be challenging to some visitors.
    • The most accessible route into the park is from New Road, where there are Blue Badge parking bays, the widest kissing gate and the easiest gradients on the paths towards the Lodge and ruins.
    • Please see the separate guide to the Lesnes Abbey Woods Recreation Ground for details of the children's playground.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Abbey Wood.

Opening Times

  • The venue is open 24hrs.
  • Comments View
    • The park and woodlands are open 24 hours.
    • The Lodge is opened for scheduled activities only.
    • Lighting is being installed (September 2017) on the path from New Road to the Lodge building. Other paths in the park are not lit.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks. View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.
    • On street Blue Badge parking is located next to the New Road Gate.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • Standard marked parking bays are located on New Road and Abbey Road.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • On Abbey Road, standard parking bays are limited to 4 hours parking.
    • On New Road, standard bays are restricted to resident permit holders or pay and display 11.00 - 13.00.
    • Please check local signage for details.

Outside Access (New Road Gate)

  • This information is for the entrance located off New Road, to the West of the park.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 190cm (6ft 3in).
  • Comments View
    • From New Road there are bollards with a minimum width of 115cm.
    • About 70m further along the path is a large 'kissing gate'.
    • The minimum gap between the swing of the gate and the enclosure is around 80cm.

Level Change (New Road Gate)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading to the bollards and gate and onwards into the park grounds.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.

Standard Entrance Barriers

  • Standard access control barriers are used at all the entrances into the park from Abbey Road, the access Bridge and also Woolwich Road. They are also used at the access points into the woodland areas from the southern sections of New Road and Heron Hill.
  • The barriers are intended to permit access for pedestrians, cycles, wheelchair users and pushchairs but prevent access by motorbikes.
  • Wheelchair and pushchair users follow the same route past a gate which swings both ways into an enclosure which they then must reverse out of.
  • There are minor variations between the gates, but the enclosure is typically 120cm deep and a maximum of 110cm wide.
  • The clear opening width is around 95cm.
  • There are horizontal bars above the space which are intended to be above the head-height of wheelchair users.
  • The bars are around 132cm and 138cm high.
  • The enclosed space may be insufficient for electric mobility scooters or taller wheelchairs.
  • To the side of the kissing gate is an open access for other pedestrians, around 55cm wide, and a pinch point for cycles to be passed through.

Outside Access (Abbey Road Gates)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the North East corner of the park, near to the recreation ground and outdoor gym and further to the West on Abbey Road.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
  • Comments View
    • There are standard access barriers at these entrances.
    • The one at the western gate may be restricted by the adjacent tree.

Level Change (Abbey Road Gates)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of and after the entrance barriers.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • Comments View
    • There are some long, steep slopes on the paths into the park from these entrance gates.

Outside Access (Bridge Link Gate)

  • This information is for the entrance located from the pedestrian bridge crossing Abbey Road and the railway line.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • Comments View
    • There is a standard entrance barrier where the footbridge enters the park.
    • Although there is level access at this point, the bridge continues northwards as an elevated walkway towards Thamesmead and Southmere Lake.
    • There are ramps and steps at various access points onto the walkway outside of the park.

Outside Access (Woolwich Road Gate)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Woolwich Road, to the West of Treetops Close.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • Comments View
    • There is a standard entrance barrier after the steps down from road level.
    • This gate gives access into the woodland section of the park.

Level Change (Woolwich Road Gate)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located between the road and the entrance barrier.
  • There is/are 9 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

Parks and Gardens

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have compact earth, tarmac, gravel and muddy surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are easy, moderate and steep slopes on the paths.
  • There are some bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
  • Comments View
    • Main paths on the northern section of the site, including from New Road Gate and around Lesnes Lodge, are of wide, smooth tarmac.
    • There are also secondary paths of compacted earth and gravel.
    • Within the woodland areas the paths are unmade and can be uneven and muddy.
    • There are long slopes withought resting places on some of the paths.
    • There are also some sets of steps around the site, some of which have handrails.
    • Steps can be bypassed by sloping paths or an alternative route.
    • The ruins are surrounded by grassed areas.
    • Close to Lesnes Lodge is an enclosed formal garden.
    • Dogs (except assistance dogs) are not permitted into this area.
    • The main gate into the area is double with one gate locked, giving a 90cm wide opening with level access.
    • There are other single gates with level access into the garden near to the Lodge.
    • From the Southern (woodland) side all the entrances have stepped access.
    • There are wide, level paths of resin-bound gravel and stone paving in this area.
    • There is bench seating without armrests.

Outside Access (Lesnes Lodge Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the East side of the building, facing the ruins.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance leads directly into one of the community rooms.

Level Change (Lesnes Lodge Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).

Inside Access (Lesnes Lodge)

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are adjustable.
  • Comments View
    • The 2 community spaces can be opened up with folding doors into one large space.
    • There is a small kitchen area for making drinks.

Accessible Toilet (Lesnes Lodge)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is written text and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Lesnes Lodge main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the far right hand corner of the second community room from the Lodge entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 210cm (4ft 11in x 6ft 11in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 65cm (2ft 2in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • This toilet is only for users of the Lodge community rooms.

Eating and Drinking (Abbey Good Coffee Kiosk)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • The cafe is located on the South side of the building, facing the formal gardens.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • All tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the kiosk.
  • The standard height for tables is 73cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are not clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is light meals, drinks and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • There is a canopy to protect the kiosk counter but all the seating is on the external patio.
    • There is a short steep slope in the paving immediately in front of the counter.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 10:00 - 18:00.
    • Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00.
    • Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00.
    • Thursday 10:00 - 18:00.
    • Friday 10:00 - 18:00.
    • Saturday 10:00 - 18:00.
    • Sunday 10:00 - 18:00.

Accessible Toilet (Public Accessible Toilet)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the coffee kiosk, about 200m from the New Road Gate.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left side of the building from the kiosk.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from the coffee kiosk or site staff.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 146cm x 196cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 5in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 65cm (2ft 2in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is push.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Level Change (Public Toilets)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrances to the accessible and standard toilets.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 104cm (3ft 5in).
  • Comments View
    • There is also a raised threshold at the entrances to the toilets.

Standard Toilet(s) (Public Toilets)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the West side of the building, to the left of the kiosk.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the kiosk , about 200m from the New Road Gate.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the standard female toilets.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 114cm (3ft 9in).
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the baby change facility.

Additional Info

  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • Comments View
    • At the time of our visit (August 2017) some of the signage, interpretation panels and lighting was yet to be installed.
    • An audio-visual app to explain the site was also under development.