Denge and Eggringe Wood

Introduction

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.

Key habitats:
Ancient and ancient replanted woodland, chalk downland, scrub

Ownership/management:
Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust and private owners

Size:
420 ha

Designations:
Local Wildlife Site
Falls within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Facilities available at this site

  • Parking
  • 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.

Visiting

By car

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).

By train

Nearest rail station – Chilham (2.5 miles)

By bus

Route number 620 passes through Waltham village.

By bike

National Cycle Route 18 runs along the northern side of the woodland.

 

Transport Links to this site

  • Bike
  • Train
  • Bus

Denge and Eggringe Wood Photo Gallery

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