Woodland near Park Gate Down

Lucy Carden

Park Gate Down and Park Wood Up

From Orchids and Helleborines, to Dormice and Heather, discover what makes the High Downs Area special for wildlife.

Event details

Meeting point

Road lay-by at Park gate Down Reserve Entrance which lies between Stelling Minnis and Elham Canterbury CT4 6NE OS Map Reference TR163452 What3Words: shuttled.eminent.hazelnuts


From 2pm
A static map of Park Gate Down and Park Wood Up

About the event

The walk will start in the flower-rich grassland of Park Gate Down before climbing out of the valley, listening for the song of nesting birds in hedgerow and scrub into the ancient Elham Park Wood. See how many heathlands plants we can spot on the woodland rides, before returning to the chalk in the valley bottom. 

The walk is 3 miles at a gentle pace with rugged uneven ground and some steep slopes. The Lower paths are level, the upper paths steep. The surface is slippery and muddy when wet.

The High Downs Project is funded by National Grid and is working on a landscape scale to improve the distribution of native wild plants and animals in the Elham and Petham area of the Kent Downs AONB




Suitable for

Families, Children, Adults, Experts, Beginners

Know before you go


No dogs permitted


There is uneven ground, some steep slopes,  Kissing gates, and rambler gates

What to bring

Stout shoes or walking boots

Parking information

Limited Parking in reserve entrance layby

Contact us

Mark Tuson