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Know before you go
Parking informationLimited parking in the lay-by on the A224.
Grazing animalsSheep and cows
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.
As the reserve is on a hillside, some paths are steep and uneven in places. There are kissing gates and stiles at the entrances.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril 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.