Ashford Warren & Hoads Wood
Know before you go
Parking informationCar park at end of Warren Lane. Expect rough uneven surface on slope.
Grazing animalsSeasonal grazing with cattle - between April and August
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.
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
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times.
Best time to visitAll 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.