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Wye National Nature Reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife, including moths, insects and orchids that are important for national and international conservation efforts. It has a circular nature trail and several public footpaths passing through it. Visitors should take care on the steep slopes, and watch out for grazing livestock. The Devil’s Kneading Trough is a dry valley that cuts into the North Downs. The view from the Millstone at the top of the Devil’s Kneading Trough is outstanding and on a clear day, it is possible to see Rye, Romney Marsh, the Coast around Hastings, and Dungeness.

The reserve is 2 km southeast of the town of Wye and 6 km northeast of Ashford. By car, access to Wye is via minor roads from the A28. The reserve’s eastern boundary is marked by a minor road from Wye to the village of Hastingleigh.  There are two car parks available – one next to and the other opposite the reserve.  The car park on the same side of the road as the reserve can accommodate coaches by prior arrangement.  Voluntary car parking charges, for both car parks, can be paid in advance or on the day using the RingGo app.

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