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Explore Birchden Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

Birchden Wood - coppice regrowthBirchden is a 45 hectare wood.  Close to Royal Tunbridge Wells, it has a car park and toilet block. 

Birchden is predominantly broadleaf (birch), with small amounts of Douglas fir and pine.  It has a 1.5km easy access trail with historical interpretation and sculptures created through a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Adjacent to the wood is the famous sandstone outcrop Harrison’s Rocks.


Camp Site and Parking Charges

The pay by credit card facility for the machine is still not working.

The machine is coin only – no notes. We truly apologise for the inconvenience this causes. Please make sure you bring sufficient change with you.

For those camping for a number of nights there is the option to pay for your camping and parking by credit card over the phone. The number for this is 0300 067 4480 – Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm. Please leave a message if you are calling out of hours or if the phone is not answered, leaving your name, contact number and a short message. We will then get back to you to arrange to take payment. Please ensure that you have secured a pitch on site before arranging to take payment.

Parking and camping charges

  • Car 1-3 hours: £1 per hour, £4 up to 12 hours and £6 for 24 hours.  
  • Minibuses 1-3 hours: £2 per hour, £6 up to 12 hours or £8 for 24 hours.  
  • Coaches 1-3 Hours: £3 per hour, £10 up to 12 hours, no over night stay.  
  • Camping £5 per adult and £2.50 for children.

Visit often? Purchase a Discovery Pass at £27 per year for unlimited parking and many other benefits.

If you are planning to use the campsite at Birchden Wood please download a copy of the camp site rules , please note that there is no shower on site. 



What do other visitors say?

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Disappointing that the Credit Card facilities are not working and I could see no information as to whether the machine charges a pro rate rate. i.e. If I want to park for 90 minutes surely I don't have to pay the day rate?

Rich, 2/Nov/2016

The Forestry Commission is working to make it's pay and display machines accept debit card payments and hope this will be resolved soon. The car park fees are shown on the Birchden Wood webpage. 1 per hour for up to 3 hours. If you are a regular visitor it may be better value to buy a Discovery Pass for Birchden Wood.

Forestry Commission Response

I am a regular walker in Birchden wood and have recently seen and heard some birds of prey in the pines. Can you tell me what these birds might be?

Mandy Green, 11/Aug/2016

We're glad you enjoy Birchden Wood. It's difficult to say what the bird was without a picture but it may have been a sparrow hawk as they sometimes hunt through the trees or along hedgerows.

Forestry Commission Response

I was pointed to the car park as the start of a 10 mile walk in the area, but faced with a 6 charge, I went and parked elsewhere on the route and walked in. 6 is too expensive for a single visitor.

John Bray, 1/May/2016
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Last updated: 29th November 2017

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