Introduction: "Small, but packed with interest" – the description of the Wood by the site owners, the Woodland Trust! The western part of the Wood is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as a result of the Ardingly Sandstone rock outcrops that form vertical cliffs within the site.
Location: 1.2 miles west of central Tunbridge Wells, on High Rocks Lane.
What can I do? Explore the steep, north-facing woodlands and the fascinating sandstone outcrops – uniquely found only in the High Weald.
What can I see? The site has three distinct woodland sections. The upper slopes feature oak, ash, alder and birch with an abundance of wood anemones and bluebells in the spring. The vertical rocks support yew, sessile oak and holly, whilst a flatter area to the east supports a stand of alder with nettles, buttercups and celandines. The sandstone rocks provide an excellent habitat for lower plant flora, including ferns, mosses, liverworts and lichens.
What can I hear? Listen out for the different calls and songs of the woodland birds, intermixed with the whistles of steam trains on the adjacent Spa Valley Railway.
Grid Reference: TQ562383(OS Map)
OS Map: 147 (Explorer, 1:25,000)
Opening Times: All year
Nearest train station: Tunbridge Wells 1.6 miles
Nearest NCN route: Route 18, 1.9 miles away in Tunbridge Wells
Where can I park? No local parking
Where can I get further information? Please see the Woodland Trust's website.