Birchden Wood

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Visitor information

Discover this mixed native broadleaf woodland with peaceful walks

Come and explore Birchden Wood, south of Royal Tunbridge Wells, it's a perfect day out for families, walkers and climbers. Harrison's Rocks, a sandstone crag owned by the BMC, are right next door and Birchden makes the perfect spot to escape out of the city and into the woods. 

At a glance

Please do not bring barbecues onto this site
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Dogs and assistance dogs are welcome
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Horse riding is not permitted at Birchden Wood
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Things to do

This 1.5km easy access trail guides you through the stunning beech woodland of Birchden. There are stops along the way to view sculptures that have been installed, giving you the opportunity to learn about the local history of the area. 

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at our beautiful picnic area, just bring along good food and company!

At Birchden we have one fixed barbecue which is free to use and perfect for a family day out. There is no booking system, so if it's not being used it's yours to make the most of!

In order to protect this special landscape from the risk of fire please follow our guidance

You are welcome to use our barbecues, but to prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any other barbecues into this forest Never leave the barbecue unattended Ensure you have plenty of water available and barbecues are fully extinguished after use Make sure that all rubbish is taken away with you The collection of wood from the forest is not permitted, please do not use it to add fuel to your barbecue Open fires are not allowed 

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Early morning mist rising up above the lake in autumn

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Forest floor covered in bluebells at Abbot's Wood

Located near Polegate, Abbot's Wood is a great place for a stroll at any time of year, with walking trails, a medieval lake, play area, barbecues and picnic tables.

Children running woodland path, Whinlatter

Part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, located east of Horsham, St Leonard's Forest isn't short of fascinating history. 

Legend has it that a French hermit once lived here in the sixth century. He famously fought and killed a dragon in the forest and it is from him, St Leonard, that the forest takes its name! 

Visit the forest to immerse yourself in the cultural history, discover rich wildlife and take a peaceful woodland walk. 

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