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Credit Phil Williams

Photo: John Miller

30. Boxley Warren

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).

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.

Walking routes nearby

Further information

By road: Car access from Boxley village is problematic with very limited parking in the village. It is recommended that drivers follow the brown signs from the A229 to Tyland Barn, parking at the top of the Chatham Road. From here it is a short walk along the North Downs Way marked route to Boxley Warren with its welcome signs at the entrance.

Boxley Warren
Boxley
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 3ED