Know before you go
Parking informationPark on the Old Chatham Road below the garage.
A path circumnavigates the wood. This is steep and uneven in places with some diversions around fallen root plates etc.
Not Wheelchair accessible. There are steps, a kissing gate, ruts and narrow paths. The paths are unsurfaced, uneven, irregular, muddy and slippery when wet.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July, September to November
About the reserve
Many of the really mature beech trees were affected by the 1987 storm. Either felled in their entirety or large limbs snapped off. This has created a mosaic of enormous standing dead wood or areas of young ash and sycamore growth with lots of exposed roots and tangles of lying limbs.
The darkness of the Yew create very still, quiet pools of coolness and shelter. The mature beech by contrast, with their dappled shade are often warm and teeming with life. Small mammals and fungi at their base, insects scurrying up and down their bark, birds hopping and twittering in the branches.