Introduction: This Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserve is a hidden gem of ancient woodland and stunning sandstone rock outcrops. It connects to the RSPB's Broadwater Warren site to the north.
Location: Just south of Tunbridge Wells
What can I do? Explore the woodland and search for rare plants amongst the rocks. Look for a variety of woodland birds who live in this habitat.
What can I see? A community of plants befitting of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, including rare mosses, liverworts and ferns. Shady nooks, deep fissures and giant bastions on the rock faces, topped with ancient and gnarled beech, yew and holly and sweet chestnut coppice including some veteran trees.
What can I hear? A variety of woodland birds including woodpeckers and nuthatches. Owls live in the woods and the twit twoo of the male may be heard.
Grid reference: TQ554355(OS Map)
OS map: 135 (Explorer, 1:25,000)
Opening times: open 7am - 7pm or dusk if earlier
Terrain: The site is relatively flat and has a good network of unmade paths along the base of the rocks and through the woodland. There is a kissing gate at the car park and no stiles.
Nearest train station: Eridge, (mainline) 1.3 miles
Groombridge (Spa Valley Steam Railway) 2.6 mile. Visit Spa Valley Railway for Tunbridge Wells to Groombridge timetable and connections to mainline at Eridge.
Nearest NCN route: Route 21 is 0.5 mile
Where can I park?
There is a small car park at the base of Eridge Rocks, accessed from the A26 at Eridge Green.
Where can I get more information?
Contact Sussex Wildlife Trust for more information about Eridge Rocks.
Site enhancements, 2009 - 2012
Invasive rhododendron growing high up on the rockfaces was painstakingly removed by specialist contractors climbing on the rocks. Rides around the site were widened and some areas of coppicing undertaken; to enhance conditions for woodland wildflowers and butterflies. Also, an interpretation board was installed in the car park, to greet visitors to the site.
The 2009 - 2012 site enhancements were funded by the Weald Forest Ridge Landscape Partnership Scheme, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.