High Weald

Introduction: Marshley Harbour and adjoining Forest Woods comprise some 85ha. of woodland, close to Tunbridge Wells. The Woods are a mix of conifers and sweet chestnut coppice, with several open, heathy glades.

Location: North and west of Pembury, nr Tunbridge Wells, with the Woods bisected by the Pembury by-pass (A228). The Woods are accessible from a number of local footpaths.

What can I do? Follow the site's educational nature trail, or explore the many paths offering superb views of the ever-changing woodland landscape.

What can I see? The mixed woodland and heathland holds a very diverse range of species. Heather and bilberry can be seen in the heathy areas, and the site has some large wood ants' nests.

What can I hear? Typical mixed and coniferous woodland bird species might be heard, such as the green woodpecker and crossbill. On summer's evenings, you might be lucky enough to hear the "churring" of a nightjar.

Information available: A pdf self-guided walk leaflet (1.29 MB) (produced in the 1990s, so some details may have changed over time) can be downloaded

Grid Reference: TQ621416(OS Map)
OS map: 136 (Explorer 1:25,000)
Opening times: All year
Prices: Free

Nearest train station: High Brooms 1.9 miles
Nearest NCN route: Route 18, 0.2 miles

Where can I get further information? Visit the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council website