Know before you go
Parking informationPark in Downe village then take the public footpath on the right hand side of Cudham Road, just past Christmas Tree Farm, for 1/2 mile. Exit opposite Hang Grove track. Follow it downhill.
Grazing animalsThere are grazing animals at the reserve
There are steep steps. Paths on the reserve are steep, uneven and slippery when wet. The gate to the northern half is closed during autumn/winter grazing.
Not wheelchair accessible. No parking. Paths are steep and uneven in places. There are large steps on the public footpath.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
Downe Bank is a uniquely special nature reserve, due to fundamental scientific studies carried out here by Charles Darwin. Significantly, in 1962, this was the first nature reserve to be purchased by Kent Wildlife Trust and its importance was further highlighted more recently when along with Down House and surrounding countryside, it was proposed as a World Heritage Site. The reserve lies on the North Downs with chalk grassland at its heart.