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Sitting on the west side of the beautiful Darent Valley, overlooking Shoreham Village, Shoreham Woods is actually five different woodlands, all linked together by rolling downland grazed by sheep. In spring, much of the woodland is carpeted with a spectacular display of bluebells and it is also home to several rare orchid species and many old trees, including a grove of ancient yews.
There is a horse riding route crossing Meenfield Wood, but no facilities for cyclists. A wheelchair-accessible path, however, runs from the Rangers Lodge through Andrews Wood to a picnic area.
The site can be reached from the A224 at the top of Polhill. Heading towards London, turn right at the roundabout just past the nursery into Shacklands Road. The entrance to the car park shown on the map is 400 yards on the right. The nearest postcode is TN14 7BD, however, this will take you to Woodside, also shown on the map above.
Easy access information
This park and open space has at least one accessible route but otherwise is considered to be less suitable for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs.