High Weald

Introduction: A remote and tranquil 9ha woodland, nestling in an area of orchard and pasture.

Location: 1 mile west of Benenden, Kent, south of the B2086.

What can I do? Explore the paths that wind through the woodland, which is particularly good for ancient trees and spring flowers.

What can I see? In the spring, the wood teems with bluebell, primrose and golden saxifrage. Within the steep wooded valleys, humid conditions are idea for mosses, liverworts and many species of fern, including the hay-scented buckler-fern.

What can I hear? The calls of tawny owls, little owls, nuthatches and woodcock can all be heard, as well as the tapping and calling of green woodpeckers.

Grid Reference: TQ797329(OS Map)
OS Map: 188 (Landranger, 1:50,000)
Opening Times: All year. Restricted Access by permission of Warden only
Prices: Free

Terrain: Some steps on the path

Nearest train station: Etchingham 8.0 miles
Nearest NCN route: Route 18, 0.3 miles

Where can I park? Cars can be parked in Benenden village, but please be considerate

Where can I get further information? Visit the Kent Wildlife Trust website here