Farningham Woods Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)


Opened by Sir David Attenborough in September 1986, Farningham Woods Nature Reserve sits atop a hill just to the north of Farningham village, and commands views over the Kent countryside all the way to Dartford to the north and Sevenoaks to the south. A Site of Special Scientific Interest, Farningham Woods is one of the most valuable areas of woodland in Kent. A healthy 68 acres in size, it is home to the small-leaved lime, a rare tree which is only found on one other site in Kent, and several other unusual plants, including the largest British colony of the nationally rare deptford pink.

The unusual remoteness and peaceful nature of the woods means that it is a great place for quiet walks, and as such has quickly become a local favourite in addition to being a distinctive local landmark. There is a waymarked 1.6 mile (2.5km) walking route taking in most of the site, as well as a network of other paths. There are no specific facilities for cyclists or horse riding. However, a byway crosses the site between Calfstock Lane and Button Street which can be used by both.

Farningham Woods can be accessed from the A225 south of Horton Kirby, where a car park is located at the end of Calfstock Lane.