Kings Wood


Kings Wood

King’s Wood is one of the largest blocks of ancient woodland in south-east England. Some parts have been replanted with conifers, but there are still excellent habitats for wildlife of all kinds. In May, the show of bluebells here is a good as anywhere in Kent, and the woodland sculpture trail can be enjoyed all year round.

Key habitats:

Woodland, open glades


Forestry Commission


518 ha


Local Wildlife Site;
falls within Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Facilities available at this site

  • Parking
  • Waymarked Trail
  • Interpretation Panels
  • Take A Map

About the Site

With such a regal name, it should come as no surprise that King’s Wood was historically a royal hunting forest. The quarry pursued by the great and the good here were deer, and a large herd of fallow deer still run free in the wood. These days, King’s Wood is largely owned and managed by the Forestry Commission. In addition to large stands of fast-growing conifers, there is extensive sweet chestnut coppice. Although timber production is important, management of the woodland is increasingly geared towards conservation as well. The bird life is rich, and this is also a good place to see fungi.

This large, attractive woodland is also an important recreation facility for the public. Visitors can walk right through the site, enjoying views across wooded valleys and the feeling of being in the middle of a really big forest. Walks are made easier by a waymarked trail starting at the car park. As well as enjoying the landscape and wildlife of the woodland along this route, visitors can see sculptures created by a variety of artists as part of the Stour Valley Arts Project. This is the Project’s main site, with nine artists’ work to see (at the time of writing) . They range from Andy Frost’s play sculptures and picnic furniture, a guaranteed hit with children, to the ingenious ‘Coppice Cloud Chamber’ by Chris Dury. The latest feature of the wood is an avenue of 180 yew trees, planted in the year 2000 to be in alignment with the sunset on the summer solstice.

Site highlights:

  • Large herd of fallow deer
  • Reptiles including adders
  • Nightjars and other birds
  • Bluebells
  • White admiral butterfly
  • Wood ants
  • Secluded woodland valleys with beech and yew
  • Stour Valley Arts sculpture trail


By car

From Challock village take the A251 towards Ashford. Turn left onto White Hill, signposted Wye. Main car park signposted off White Hill.

By train

Nearest rail station – Wye (2.5 miles)

By bus

Route number 666 passes through Challock village.




Transport Links to this site

  • Train
  • Bus

Kings Wood Photo Gallery

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