Wye Downs

One of Britain's best examples of chalk grassland with spectacular views across to Romney Marsh and the Weald - you can even see the sea on a clear day. The reserve is home to some rare butterflies and moths and has 4000 different plant species including 19 species of Orchid. Cattle and sheep are used to manage the site through grazing with some areas kept open by deer. Devil's Kneading Trough is a dry steep-sided valley formed by glacial action near the end of the last ice age.

  • Telephone: 0300 060 0371
  • Email: wildside@naturalengland.org.uk
  • Website: www.naturalengland.org.uk
  • Travel information: 1 mile sout east of Wye along minor roads from the A28. Nearest train station is Wye. Two trails pass near the reserve -the Stour Valley Walk and the North Downs National Trail
  • Facilities: Car Park, Picnic area