High Weald

tudeley woodsIntroduction: An extensive area of mixed woodland, heathland and wildflower meadows, managed as a nature reserve by the RSPB. A peaceful haven for wildlife, easily accessible from the major towns of Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

Location: East of the A21 between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. Bisected by Dislingbury Road (sometimes called Half Moon Lane).

What can I do? Get away from it all with a walk in the woods and through the newly restored heathland. In some areas there are grand old trees; in others the trees have been coppiced to open up the woodland floor and allow the woodland flowers and butterflies to flourish.

What can I see? There are stunning displays of woodland flowers in the spring – especially bluebells and primroses, whilst on warm summer's evenings you may be lucky enough to see an elusive nightjar. Look out for ongoing management works on the site, including coppicing and charcoal making.

What can I hear? Listen for the knocking and calling of green, great spotted and lesser spotted woodpeckers. In winter and spring, mistle and song thrushes can be heard.

tudeley activityGrid Reference: TQ620430(OS Map)
OS Map: 136
Opening Times: All year except Christmas Day
Prices: Free
Dogs allowed: Dogs are only allowed on public footpaths and bridleways. Dogs are allowed onto some parts of the reserve. Please contact the RSPB for more details.

Terrain: Trails can be muddy in the winter.

Nearest train station: High Brooms 2 miles.

Nearest NCN route: Route 18 runs approx. 2 miles to the south of Tudeley Woods.

Where can I park? Car park closed at present.  Some on-road parking spaces can be found nearby.

Further information: Find out more about Tudeley Woods on the RSPB’s website.