Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

The car park is open daily from 7am to dusk (closing times varies seasonally, check on site signs). 

The cafe and toilets are open from 9.30am to 5pm daily. 

When you visit, it is your responsibility to follow the guidance on staying safe outside your home. Please be prepared to make the necessary decision to turn around if the car park looks busy or is full and come another time. 

Please maintain 2m social distancing at all times.

How to find us

How to find us
Henhurst Road, Cobham, Kent
Sat Nav Postcode: DA12 3AN
By Car

Jeskyns is just two minutes off the A2 dual carriageway. Take the Gravesend East turning off the A2 and follow directional signage to Sole Street. Pass over a railway bridge and our entrance is just 200m further on on the left hand side. 

 

By Public Transport

Closest bus routes are the Arriva 490 and 455. Both stop just the other side of the A2 and Jeskyns is 15minute walk from this point. 

OS Grid Ref
TQ660699

51.403862389312, 0.38650341429442

Parking and prices

Parking charges apply at Jeskyns Community Woodland. 

You can pay for parking using the RingGo* app, card or coins. 

How to use the RingGo app:

1. Open the RingGo app, or download for free if you haven’t already got it, using the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).
2. Log in with your RingGo details, or register as a new user.
3. Select your location by entering the 3–6 digit number shown on the parking signs.
4. Enter your number plate and choose how long you’d like to park for. Remember, you can extend this later.
5. Choose to add any handy parking reminders you need, then just tap to pay.

And you’re good to go! Your details are saved so next time, you can park even faster.

If you’re not a smartphone user, you can still use RingGo to pay for your parking by calling 0203 046 0063. You can also register and book parking with RingGo online.

*There is a small convenience charge for using this service.  See RingGo online for full terms and conditions and VAT receipts.

Parking charges are also applicable to Blue Badge holders.

 

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Up to 1 hour £1.50
Up to 2 hours £2.50
All day £3.50
Horse box
All day £6.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Coaches are £6.00 per day. 

Please note there is a 2m height limit at entrance - please contact us to arrange access.

Email: jeskynsranger@forestryengland.uk

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 5
Card payments accepted
Disabled parking available
Pay by phone available
Pay on foot system

Facilities and access

The cafe and toilets are open from 9.30am to 5pm daily. 

The cafe is currently running a takeaway service only. 

 

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Cafe
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area
Toilets

Contact details

Walk, play, ride, cycle or just relax with a coffee in the great outdoors

Jeskyns is home to 360 acres of newly planted woodlands, meadows and orchards. With a good network of surfaced walking trails, children's play areas, café and even a dog activity trail, there is something for everyone to explore at any time of the year.

You can visit a Fairy and Elf Village, introduce the family to the Gruffalo and his friends, say hello to our cows, take the dog for a paddle or just sit and watch the world go by under wide skies full of singing skylarks.

At a glance 

  • 5 walking trails 
  • Play areas
  • Picnic areas 
  • Cafe - takeaway only
  • Dog activity trail 
  • Horse trail
  • Dogs welcome 
  • Assistance dogs welcome 

For those that wish to explore further, the Darnley Trail links Jeskyns to five neighbouring countryside sites, including Shorne Woods Country Park and Ashenbank Woods.  

A community of fairies and elves have recently discovered Jeskyns and they liked it so much that they have decided to set up their very own village! 

Look for the gate in the Sand Pit Play Area to discover wonderful tiny new residences such as Acorn Apartments, Mushroom Manor, The Old Boot Inn and Tree Top Village. 

Just 500m from the Café on a surfaced trail even little legs won't find it too hard to get to! Sorry, dogs not allowed, but there is a comfy bench outside the play area where dog owners can rest whilst children explore.

The horse trail is a grass surfaced 6km trail that circumnavigates the whole of the site. Access on to the trail is through a horse step through stile at the entrance (no gate).

Whilst it is marked as a “horse trail” riders will likely encounter other visitors on it including pedestrians, dogs and cyclists. Please bear this in mind if you are bringing a nervous horse or you are an inexperienced rider.

If you are visiting with your horse box, please contact us at jeskynsranger@forestryengland.uk to arrange access (48hours notice needed the first time). We will ask you to supply vehicle and contact details and then issue you with the access code which you can use for ongoing future visits.

Weekdays tend to be quieter than weekends. Whilst we make provision for horse box parking this is a popular facility and so we cannot guarantee parking space.

No permit is needed to ride at Jeskyns.

For more information on our facilities, opening times and contact details, please see our visitor information.

Try your hand at orienteering, a map reading challenge for all levels.

The aim for everyone is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. If you are a little more competitive the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time.

There is a permanent course at Jeskyns, designed by Dartford Orienteering Klubb. Various trails are available for children and families, beginners and experts.

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