Farningham Woods

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  • Parking
  • Dogs allowed
  • Viewpoints
  • Rest point
  • Water body
  • Waymarked trails
  • Horse riding
  • Cycling

Opened by Sir David Attenborough in September 1986, Farningham Woods Nature Reserve sits atop a hill just to the north of Farningham village, and commands views over the Kent countryside all the way to Dartford to the north and Sevenoaks to the south.

A Site of Special Scientific Interest, Farningham Woods is one of the most valuable areas of woodland in Kent. A healthy 168 acres in size, it is home to the Small-Leaved Lime, a rare tree which is only found on one other site in Kent, and several other unusual plants, including the largest British colony of the nationally rare Deptford Pink.

The unusual remoteness and peaceful nature of the woods means that it is a great place for quiet walks, and as such has quickly become a local favourite in addition to being a distinctive local landmark.

There is a waymarked 1.6 mile walking route taking in most of the site, as well as a network of other paths.

Horse riding and cycle riding is strictly prohibited within the woods, however a byway crosses the site between Calfstock Lane and Button Street which can be used by both.

Farningham Woods can be accessed from the A225 south of Horton Kirby, where a car park is located at the end of Calfstock Lane.

Easy access information

This park and open space contains uneven trails, un-surfaced or narrow pathways. Also, there are width restricting features, such as stiles and narrow gaps making it difficult for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs to access some parts of the site.

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