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Blue Bell Hill

Whether standing above the clouds on a winters morning or watching the last rays of sun striking reds, purple and gold across the valley there is always something fantastic about this place.

Quite possibly the loftiest nature reserve on the county, having uninterrupted panaromic views across the Weald. This site lies adjacent to the Trust's Burham Down Reserve and continues the terrain of chalk grassland, scrub and woodland found there.

 

There is a diverse number of plant species at the site, many of which are typical of the nationally important chalk grassland habitat. These include salad burnet, bird's foot trefoil, fairy flax, pyramidal orchid, bee orchid, quaking grass, hairy violet and bulbous buttercup.

This rich plantlife supports a variety of specialist insects including characteristic chalk downland butterflies such as chalk hill blue and brown argus.

Nearby nature reserves

Burham Down
0 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Westfield Wood
1 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Burham Marsh
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Common Road, Blue Bell Hill
Aylesford
Kent
ME5 9RG
Map reference
TQ743621
Great for...
butterflies
reptiles
stunning views
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open at all times. Car Park locked at various times, see below.
Facilities
Picnic facilities
Size
5.00 hectares
Status
Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Not Wheelchair accessible. Accessible via unsurfaced public footpaths with kissing gates, some paths are steep and uneven. 3 upright information boards. Essentially this site is for admiring the view,which can be seen from the carpark.
Walking information
It is part of the North Downs Way long distance route. Due to its hillside location; some paths are steep and uneven. There are some picnic tables and benches from which to enjoy the view.
Parking
There is a free car park at the main entrance with a height barrier. Car park closing times are variable so please check the on-site information, but normally 8.30am until dusk.
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Occasionally - Exmoor ponies
Reserve manager
Alison Ruyter
Tel: 01622 662012
info@kentwildlife.org.uk