Slow worm
Man orchid

Devil’s Kneading Trough

Enjoy stunning views from this dramatic site over the Romney Marsh and Weald and out to the English Channel. Why not have a picnic, fly a kite or enjoy the wealth of wildlife and catch a glimpse of rare species of orchid and butterfly.

The Devil's Kneading Trough is part of the Wye National Nature Reserve owned and managed by Natural England. The chalk grassland is renowned for the range of orchids it supports; 21 species have been recorded at the site including lady orchid, fly orchid and the rare late and early spider orchid and man orchid.The dramatic coombe is managed for wildlife by grazing by White Park cattle. This helps to maintain the grassland in such a way as to create an ideal habitat for many insect and flower species species. As well as grassland the reserve includes areas of scrub, woodland and over 3.5 km of hedgerows. These habitats support around 50 breeding bird species including nightingale, hawfinch, lesser spotted woodpecker and kestrel. Reptiles found here include adder, grass snake, slow worm and common lizard.

There is a 4 km nature trail through the reserve (steep in places) and leaflets and signs are available at the Visitors Centre. For further information please visit

Useful Information

Open all year
Free of charge
Dogs under control allowed


• Free car park
• Restaurant/tea room next to car park
• Gates onto site

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