Hewitt's Chalk Bank

Darin Smith

Hewitt's Chalk Bank

A chalk downland site with a good plant community.

Location

Approach from A21 six miles south east of Orpington, near village of Pratts Bottom. South of Chelsfield Golf Course. Located very close to Knockholt railway station
Orpington
BR6 7SH
A static map of Hewitt's Chalk Bank

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Access

Not Wheelchair accessible. From the car park there is a stile and steps, and the path is overgrown. The surface is grassy, with a slope to main meadow. It is muddy when wet.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

A chalk downland site, there is a large chalk mound on this reserve, formed after the excavation of a railway tunnel. The mound supports a good plant community, including wild thyme, pyramidal and bee orchid as well as soapwort, wild parsnip and common milkwort. The southern part of the site is covered by grassland with scrub and is very popular with birds. Species seen include whitethroat, linnet, greenfinch and chaffinch. The site was once a refuse tip and the clay that has been used to cap it has led to a variety of plants growing in pathces within the grassland area. Grass vetchling and dark mullein are amongst the more unusual flora.

Contact us

Susanna Clerici
Contact number: 01622 662012