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

Location

Cudham Road
Orpington
BR6 7LG
A static map of Downe Bank

Know before you go

Size
5 hectares

Grazing animals

Sheep

Walking trails

Paths are steep and uneven in places. There are large steps on the public footpath. The southern half of the reserve is open to the public. The northern area can be visited by prior arrangment with the Trust.

Access

Not Wheelchair accessible. Paths are steep and uneven in places. There are large steps on the public footpath.

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

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)