Know before you go
Parking informationLimited parking in the lay-by on the A224.
Grazing animalsSheep and cows
From the lay-by, or The London Road Furniture Company (TN14 7AA), the reserve can be reached by walking over the footbridge and following the footpath to the right. Walking from Sepham Farm (TN14 5JT), turn right up Filston Lane and turn left on to the footpath across fields to the reserve. As the reserve is on a hillside, some paths are steep and uneven in places. There are kissing gates at the entrances.
Not Wheelchair accessible. As the reserve is on a hillside, some paths are steep and uneven in places. There are kissing gates at the entrances.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to August
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