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Explore King's Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs an ancient woodland site, King's Wood is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. The main species of tree include Sweet Chestnut, Beech, Corsican Pine and Douglas Fir.

To enjoy the best of the forest you may wish to follow the Sculpture Trail.

The hard forest roads are good for walking and cycling. 

For groups looking for a guided tour of the sculptures, or for workshops and related activities, please contact Stour Valley Arts on 01233 664987 or email us at


Friends of Kings Wood

Come and join the Friends of Kings Wood on one of their regular walks or events.

Walks & Events explore the forest, its animals and plants. Whilst the weather cannot be guarenteed, you are very likely to hear and see new sights and sounds, so come and enjoy.
Walks are free to members and cost £2.50 per person to non-members.

Participate – make the Friends of King’s Wood a thriving, vibrant
To join the Friends of King’s Wood or renew your annual membership,
send a cheque for:
£5.50 (Single membership) or £11 (Joint/Family membership) to:
Friends of King’s Wood
Dene Cottage
Church Lane
Kent TN25 4BS

2015 walks and events

All walks start in the main forest car park off White Hill Road, Challock TN25 4AP (unless otherwise stated)

Bluebells & Cupcakes Diana Sawyer Sunday 3 May 2.30pm - 4:00pm 

Rascally Reptiles* Richard Griffiths Sunday in May time TBC when booking

Bats Bantering* Shirley Thompson Saturday in May time TBC when booking

Nattering Nightjars Diana Sawyer Wednesday 27 May 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Extracting Himalayan Balsam Jason Adams Sunday 14 June 10:30am - 12:30pm Practical morning - please bring gloves

Magna Carta Walk in King (John’s) Wood  David Potter Monday 15 June 6:30pm - 8:30pm - meet at Molash Church, Church Lane off the A252, Molash

Magical Moths Philip Jewess Saturday 18 July 8:30pm - 11:00pm

Forest in Focus Rick Stewart Sunday 9 August 10:00am - 12:00pm Meet at George Inn, A252, Molash & bring your camera

Wild Forest - 7 Mile Trek Wendy Hogg Saturday 5 September 10:00am - 1:00pm

Majestic Trees Jon Shelton KSCP Sunday 20 September 10:00am - 12:30pm Meet at the lower car park, A252, Chilham

Dinky Dormice* Jason Adams Sunday 11 October 10:00am - 12:00pm

Deer at Dawn Steve Hanna Sunday 18 October 6:30am - 8:30am Meet at lower car park, White Hill Road

Funky Fungi Martin Newcombe Sunday 25 October 10:00am - 1:00pm

Wild Wood Trust & AGM Suzanne Kynaston Monday 16 November 7:00pm -9:00pm Challock Village Hall, TN25 4AU

King’s Wood Country Quiz 2016 Diana Sawyer Saturday 12 March 2016 7:30pm -10:00pm

Walks marked with * have limited spaces and must be booked by phoning 07523 203458 and leaving a message or emailing

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Hi, I was wondering if it would be possible to camp in the middle of kings wood with my two children for 1 night.

Kevin, 19/May/2015

we're glad that you like Kings Wood, but we cannot allow camping I'm afraid

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

lovely walk through the forest today - any leaflets available please as we walked deeper than intended and slightly panicked and retraced our steps !!!!!

phyllis parker, 12/May/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

A wonderful mixed woodland (mature beeches and old yews among the pines) to explore, to walk in and cycle across; and a precious large green space in the crowded south east. Absolutely no need for more signs which would spoil the natural beauty and solitude of the place and reduce it to a suburban 'country park'.

Regular visitor, 11/Jan/2015
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Last updated: 11/19/2015

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