Perry Wood

Introduction

Perry Wood

A lovely ancient woodland, different from many in Kent because of its unusual geology. At its southern end, the Mount, an outcrop of gravel and sand, offers some of the finest views in this part of Kent.

Key habitats:

Woodland

Ownership/Management:

Swale Borough Council

Size:

60 ha

Designations:

Local Wildlife Site, part of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Facilities available at this site

  • Parking
  • Disabled Access
  • Waymarked Trail
  • Interpretation Panels

About the Site

Most visitors to Perry Wood head for The Mount. This hill top offers a superb panorama, and a wooden platform known as the ‘pulpit’ has been built to help visitors get an even better view. The Mount has been a significant landscape feature for a long time. It is thought to have been part of the semaphore telegraph between the cinque port of Deal and the Admiralty in London. In prehistory it is likely to have been a significant defensive site, and Mesolithic flint tools have been found at two locations in the wood. This high point is down to the site’s unusual geology, which also makes the vegetation in Perry Wood different to other woods in the Kent Downs.

Sweet chestnut is coppiced in the traditional way, encouraging the growth of wild flowers such as bluebells and wood sage. The woodland has a good population of common woodland birds. Badgers and other woodland mammals such as stoats and voles inhabit the wood. This site also has very good easy access facilities. A circular path suitable for most wheelchair users, with a guide rail for visitors with visual impairments starts at the car park. Watch out for sculptures throughout the woodland. There is a community art group associated with the site called Perry Wood Arts.

Visiting

By car 

From Selling village, go east towards Neames Forstal, then turn right towards Shottenden. The car park and main access are on the left as you come into the wood.

By train

Nearest rail station – Selling (1.25 miles)

Transport Links to this site

  • Train