We have new, colourful picnic benches planned for installation this spring plus lots more.

Whether standing above the clouds on a winters morning or watching the last rays of sun striking reds, purple and gold across the valley there is always something fantastic about this place.

Location

Common Road
Blue Bell Hill
Aylesford
Kent,
ME5 9RG

OS Map Reference

TQ743621
A static map of Blue Bell Hill

Know before you go

Size
5 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

There is a free car park at the main entrance with a height barrier. Car park closing times are variable so please check the on-site information, but normally 8.30am until dusk.

Bicycle parking

No

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

The North Downs Way passses through this reserve.

Access

Unsurfaced public footpaths with kissing gates, some paths are narrow, steep and uneven. Essentially this site is for admiring the view, which can be seen from the car park. One of the picnic benches is level with the car park; one is set on a small mound; one is up a short flight of steps.

Dogs

Dogs permitted

Facilities

Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times to visitors on foot. Car Park locked at various times, see below.

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Quite possibly the loftiest nature reserve in the county, having uninterrupted panaromic views across the Weald.

There is a diverse number of threatened or unusual plant species on this important chalk grassland habitat creating carpets of colour during the summer months. One of the smallest, Squinancywort, has masses of tiny whitish/pink flowers which can make the site look frosted even on the warmest of days.

This rich plantlife supports a variety of specialist insects including butterflies such as Chalk hill blue, Adonis blue and Brown argus.

Where the fine wildflower filled grassland meets the bushes, there is a tangle of bramble and other rough plants. This is the perfect spot for reptiles and small mammals, such as the bank vole, to forage for food.

Contact us

Alison Ruyter
Contact number: 01622 662012

Environmental designation

Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
http://bluebellhilltrust.org/