'Relic' wood pasture, veteran trees and nationally rare acid grassland make up this site squeezed between major roads, railway lines, and the rapid urban development of Ashford.

Location

Warren Lane
Ashford
TN24 8UF

OS Map Reference

TR003441

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A static map of Ashford Warren & Hoads Wood

Know before you go

Size
35 hectares

Entry fee

None

Parking information

Car park at end of Warren Lane. Expect rough uneven surface on slope.

Bicycle parking

None

Grazing animals

Seasonal grazing with cattle - between April and August

Walking trails

An all-weather path runs along the bottom edge of the reserve. Path leading from Car Park to main pond, with compacted gravel path/ sand. (300m) There are kissing gates with one RADAR kissing gate. All other routes have sections of steep inclines, steps and uneven surfaces.

Access

Car park on slope and uneven surface. Path leading from Car Park to main pond, with compacted gravel path/ sand. (300m) Kissing gates, with one RADAR kissing gate

Dogs

Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times.

Best time to visit

All year round. April-May: Bluebells, pond water violet. October - December: Autumn colours, spectacular veteran trees.

About the reserve

This hidden gem is nestled within the roads, railway and houses of Ashford Town. A sprawling area with gigantic trees, sandy cliff faces and ponds teeming with frogs. Previous incarnations of this nature reserve have included deer park, military ranges and sand quarry, all of which have left their mark on this fascinating landscape. Woodpeckers, nuthatches and tree creepers abound, whilst the banks of bluebells in Spring can be truly spectacular. You may spot our elusive herd of Highland Cattle that graze here in the summer - their munching creating gaps for sun loving insects and plants.

Kent Wildlife Trust is working with the owners, Ashford Borough Council for the long-term future of this nature reserve.

Contact us

Ian Rickards
Contact number: 01622 662012

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)