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Kemsing Down

An ancient woodland with some areas of grassland with interesting associated flora.

Well worth a visit for the panoramic views alone - this 16 hectare reserve includes ancient woodland and secondary woodland and scrub with areas of chalk grassland on the south facing slopes. Much of the downland has been lost, but there are still four open glades that are managed by winter mowing and by rabbit grazing.


Orchids are present in areas, including man orchid, pyramidal orchid, and common spotted-orchid. Other grassland flora includes species such as squinancywort, common rock-rose and burnet-saxifrage. Many butterflies can be seen, including brown argus, common blue, dingy and grizzled skipper.

Nearby nature reserves

Fackenden Down
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve and Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Polhill Bank
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Between Borough Green and Sevenoaks off the A25
Nr Sevenoaks
TN15 6TG
Map reference
TQ 550 594
Great for...
ancient trees
lichens and mosses
spring flowers
stunning views
Best time to visit
May - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
16.00 hectares
Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Not Wheelchair accessible. There are Kissing gates and steps. The surface is grass/earth and is steep, uneven, narrow, and slippery when wet.
Walking information
Being situated on a hillside, some of the paths are steep and uneven, and there are steps in places. However, you will be rewarded with excellent views!
On Childsbridge Lane, 2-3 cars may be parked. Additional parking is available behind the Wheatsheaf Pub in Kemsing village
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Paul Glanfield
Tel: 01622 662012