Ranscombe Farm Reserve

Ranscombe Farm Reserve is situated on the stunning North Downs and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is managed by Plantlife, the UK’s leading wildflower conservation charity.

This 560 acre reserve has 10km of footpaths to explore across ancient farmland, pockets of chalk grassland and coppice woods with stunning views across the Medway Gap and Luddesdown valley. There is a small car park just off Sundridge Hill, adjacent to the North Downs Way that runs through the heart of the reserve. The site is famous for its extremely unusual collection of rare wild plants, especially arable wildflowers and orchids. Species of note are the tall pink Corncockle, once thought to be extinct, and the internationally rare Broadleaved Cudweed. There are several varieties of wild Poppies that form rich red carpets along the edges of the farm’s wheat fields from late May, and Blue Pimpernel, Wild Pansy, Venus’s Looking Glass and Dense Flowered Fumitory can also be spotted. In spring, the woods are carpeted with Bluebells, Early Purple Orchids and tender herbs. The woodlands are now being managed for conservation and have good populations of dormice, birds, large mammals, butterflies and insects. There are free guided walks available throughout the year and opportunities to volunteer on the site.

There are 10km of footpaths on the site that link to the neighbouring sites of Cobham Woods and Darnley Mausoleum, Shorne Wood Country Park, Ashenbank Woods and Jeskyns Farm. .


Ranscombe Farm Reserve

Useful Information

Opening Times - Open all year at no charge.
Well behaved dogs welcome.
Leaflet and map available from warden.


The reserve is accessible by footpaths and a cycle route from Cobham.
Nearest railway stations are at Cuxton, Strood and Rochester.
Local bus services can be found at www.kentpublictransport.info or call 0870 6082608.

Main car park is at Sundridge Hill, Cuxton just off Junction 2 of M2 or 5.5 miles from Junction 4 of M20.
Location Map

Useful Links

For more information please email the warden at ranscombe@plantlife.org.uk or write to Plantlife, Ranscombe Farm Reserve Office, Court Farm, Pilgrims Road, Upper Halling, Rochester ME2 1HR