High Weald

Introduction: A 14ha., secluded, beech and oak ancient woodland, rich in wildlife and archaeology.

Location: Accessed from Foxhole Lane, 1 mile west of Matfield, Kent, with pedestrian links to the adjacent Cinderhill Community Wood, managed by the Kent High Weald Partnership.

The woods are dominated by majestic beech and oak trees. A small area of heathland to the north has been restored from pine plantation and low shrubby heather and dwarf gorse is now returning.

What can I do? Explore the Wood's hidden past by following a downloadable archaeological trail around the site – finding old sawpits, charcoal hearths and an abandoned track from the Weald's former iron industry.

What can I see? The site hosts ancient woodland, rare heathland, sweet chestnut coppice, sphagnum bog, a pond, and the meandering Tudeley Brook, providing homes for a wide variety of wildlife.

What can I hear? Visit in spring and you may hear the wonderful, lyrical song of the nightingale.

Grid Reference: TQ648420(OS Map)

OS Map: 188 (Landranger, 1:50,000)
Opening Times: All year

Nearest train station: Paddock Wood, 3.7 miles
Nearest NCN route: Route 18 runs along the edge of the woodland

Where can I park? Limited parking, some parking available at neighbouring Cinderhill Wood

Where can I get further information? Find out more on the Kent Wildlife Trust's website