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Downe Bank

Downe Bank is a uniquely special nature reserve, due to fundamental scientific studies carried out here by Charles Darwin.

Significantly, in 1962, this was the first nature reserve to be purchased by Kent Wildlife Trust and its importance was further highlighted more recently when along with Down House and surrounding countryside, it was proposed as a World Heritage Site. The reserve lies on the North Downs with chalk grassland at its heart.

Nearby nature reserves

West Kent Golf Course
1 miles - London Wildlife Trust
Saltbox Hill SSSI
2 miles - London Wildlife Trust
Hewitt's Chalk Bank
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Cudham Road
Orpington
Kent
BR6 7LG
Map reference
TQ 438 609
Great for...
ancient trees
butterflies
fungi
historical interest
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
5.00 hectares
Access
Not wheelchair accessible. No parking. Paths are steep and uneven in places. There are large steps on the public footpath.
Walking information
Take the public footpath on the RH side of Cudham Road, just past Christmas Tree Farm, for 1/2 mile. Exit opposite Hang Grove track. Follow it downhill. There are steep steps. Paths on the reserve are steep, uneven and slippery when wet. The gate to the northern half is closed during autumn/winter grazing.
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Sheep
Reserve manager
Paul Glanfield
Tel: 01622 662012
info@kentwildlife.org.uk