Downe Bank

Paul Glanfield

Bluebells Downe Bank

Gareth Christian

Hazel-leaf roller Downe Bank

Gareth Christian

Marbled white

Gareth Christian

Slow worms Downe Bank

Gareth Christian

Small skipper Downe Bank

Gareth Christian

Downe Bank is a uniquely special nature reserve, due to fundamental scientific studies carried out here by Charles Darwin.

Location

Hang Grove Hill,
Downe,
Bromely
BR6 7LH

OS Map Reference

TQ438609
A static map of Downe Bank

Know before you go

Size
5 hectares

Parking information

Park 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 animals

There are grazing animals at the reserve

Walking trails

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.

Access

Not wheelchair accessible. No parking. Paths are steep and uneven in places. There are large steps on the public footpath.

Dogs

Under effective control
Please keep dogs under close control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April 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.

Contact us

Paul Glanfield
Contact number: 01622 662012

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)