Park Gate Down The Hector Wilks Reserve

Park Gate Down - The Hector Wilks Reserve

Ancient chalk grassland with a very rich flora.


Lies between Stelling Minnis and Elham
A static map of Park Gate Down  - The Hector Wilks Reserve

Know before you go

7 hectares

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Rugged uneven slopes.


Not Wheelchair accessible. There are Kissing gates, a slope and rambler gates. The Lower paths are level, the upper paths steep. The surface is slippery and muddy when wet.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to August

About the reserve

This picturesque reserve renowned for its rare orchid varieties consists of seven hectares of ancient chalk grassland with scrub and fringing woodland on the east side of a dry valley.  It has attracted many feeding and breeding birds, including green and great-spotted woodpeckers amongst many others. The site is good for adder, common lizard and slow worm. It has a rich flora, including cowslip, primrose, violet, marjoram and salad burnet. It is also rich in orchids such as early-purple, common-spotted, pyramidal, green-veined, bee and monkey.

Contact us

John McAllister
Contact number: 01622 662012