Know before you go
Parking informationWest Bank has Limited car parking available at the junction of Darland Avenue and Kingsway. Main Bank has limited parking on the road side at Hoath Close.
Grazing animalsCattle on all year round
Paths are steep and uneven in places.
There are some medium mobility kissing gates/chicane. The paths are grass and narrow, some are steep and uneven channelled, When wet the paths are slippery on exposed chalk.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to August: Wildflowers and Butterflies
About the reserve
Some of our rarest and most threatened species thrive on this restored chalk grassland just a stone’s throw from one of Kent’s biggest conurbations - Straw belle moth, Small blue butterfly, Yellowhammer and Roman snail to name but a few.
Human history has played its part in creating the diversity. Large blocks of concrete from an anti-aircraft gun emplacement provides shelter for reptiles, backfilled WWII practise trenches are filled with Man Orchids, Red star thistle established here when it was used by people with horse drawn wagons and each year a different vegetable pops up in the most recently cleared areas.
There is an amazing team of volunteers and members of the public who help to keep this site looking it best. Helping with everything from winter scrub clearance and fence repair to plant surveys and rubbish collection. It’s a real team effort.