Park Gate Down - The Hector Wilks Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationLimited parking
Grazing animalsCattle and sheep
Rugged uneven slopes.
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.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to August for orchids and wild flowers
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.