Denge and Eggringe Wood
A large complex of woodland in a remote and peaceful part of the Stour Valley. Includes a flower-rich area of chalk grassland known as Bonsai Bank.
Ancient and ancient replanted woodland, chalk downland, scrub
Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust and private owners
Local Wildlife Site
Falls within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Facilities available at this site
- Interpretation Panels
- Take A Map
About the Site
Like the other large woodlands featured in this website, Denge and Eggringe Woods encompass a range of quite different woodland types. On the plateaux between the valleys, sweet chestnut coppice and plantations of conifers dominate. These are managed for timber production. Old beech woodland can be found in the area known as Down Wood, and elsewhere on valley slopes with chalky soils. Down Wood also has the richest flora, including dog’s mercury and various orchids.
Another part of the wood is an area of chalk grassland, known as Bonsai Bank due to the unsuccessful crop of rather stunted conifers growing there. It boasts many wild flowers, characteristic of its chalky soils, and a good variety of butterflies, including the scarce and grandly named Duke of Burgundy fritillary. The show of lady orchids here in late spring is truly spectacular.
It is the rich variety of different woodland habitats that makes Denge and Eggringe such a good site for wildlife of all kinds, including dormice, badgers, toads, slow worms, nightingales and other warblers.
From Waltham village, take Richdore Road. Go straight over at the cross roads in Sole Street – Pennypot Lane, towards Thruxted, into the wood. The car park and access for Bonsai bank are first on the right; Bonsai Bank is 0.5 miles along the forest track (GR 105510). The main Denge Wood car park is 0.25 miles further along Pennypot Lane, on the right (GR 097504).
Nearest rail station – Chilham (2.5 miles)
Route number 620 passes through Waltham village.
National Cycle Route 18 runs along the northern side of the woodland.
Transport Links to this site
Denge and Eggringe Wood Photo Gallery
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