Blue Bell Hill
We have new, colourful picnic benches planned for installation this spring plus lots more.
Know before you go
Parking informationThere 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.
The North Downs Way passses through this reserve.
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.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times to visitors on foot. Car Park locked at various times, see below.
Best time to visitAll 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.