Viviparous Lizards at Polhill Bank, photo by Gareth Christian

Viviparous Lizards at Polhill Bank, photo by Gareth Christian

The 'Bank' is almost four hectares of chalk grassland on a southeast-facing hillside with commanding views of the Darenth Valley.

Location

Filston Lane,
Otford,
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN14 5JU

OS Map Reference

TQ508604

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A static map of Polhill Bank

Know before you go

Size
28 hectares

Entry fee

None

Parking information

Limited parking in the lay-by on the A224.

Bicycle parking

None

Grazing animals

Sheep and cows

Walking trails

From the lay-by the reserve can be reached by walking over the footbridge and following the footpath to the right. As the reserve is on a hillside, some paths are steep and uneven in places. There are kissing gates at the entrances.

 

Access

As the reserve is on a hillside, some paths are steep and uneven in places. There are kissing gates and stiles at the entrances.

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: Bluebells and spring flowers, reptiles, and butterflies

About the reserve

The 'Bank' is almost four hectares of chalk grassland on a southeast-facing hillside with commanding views of the Darenth Valley. Many common chalk grassland flowers can be found on this reserve. It is a good place to see a wide variety of insects, including many species of butterfly. The rufous grasshopper is also found here. The scrub provides a valuable habitat for many birds, including blackcap and willow warbler. One of the more unusual plants here is common dodder, which can be found in great abundance in some years growing as a parasite on rock-rose.

Contact us

Paul Glanfield
Contact number: 01622 662012

Environmental designation

Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)