Know before you go
Parking informationPlease park in Alkham Village.
Public footpath through the reserve and across the farmland to the village. Rugged, steep earth tracks through the wood.
Not Wheelchair accessible. There are slopes, Kissing gates, stiles and access is via a footpath. The path is unsurfaced chalk/grassy and muddy when wet. It is also step in some places.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
Outside of Dover, you can enjoy the rural backdrop of the Alkham Valley, different from the hub-bub of Dover. Nestled within the valley, you will find Sladden Wood, a small piece of woodland surrounded by sweeping farmfields. The locals call this woodland Horizontal Wood. This belies a tragic history where all the trees were completely felled in 1978, leaving behind stumps. However, protection was put in place and the woodland regenerated. Looking at it now, you would not know that the woodland experienced that sort of mass wipe-out. Now it is once again a haven for wildlife, from the intricate yellow archangels to the mix of classic trees of hazel, ash and field maple.