Boxley is a story of hope and recovery. From slopes once scarred by off road bike users, beautiful chalk grassland is re-emerging. The site is revered for its internationally scarce yew woodland, its heavy evergreen presence a stunning feature, especially dramatic in the winter months. The Warren supports a fascinating flora and fauna reflected in its designations as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). It has also become a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) this year. Entering the wood from the west end, the antiquity of the site is immediately striking with the White Horse Stone, a scheduled ancient monument. The North Downs Way National Trail winds up though the ancient yew woodland, opening in places to reveal dramatic views.
The Pilgrims Way by contrast offers a gentle stroll along the lower part of this scarp slope, bordering chalk grassland, where plants such as wild thyme, eyebright, common rock rose and many orchids thrive. The Box of Boxley has also become well known here as part of a recent re-introduction programme.
Open all year for walking and bridleway access (including carriage route). Byway closed to motor vehicle traffic.
Boxley Village has very limited parking. It is recommended that drivers follow the brown signs from A229 to Tyland Barn, parking at the top of Chatham Road. From here it is a short walk along the North Downs Way marked route to Boxley Warren with welcome signs at its entrance.
Mid Kent Downs Officer - 01303 815170