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Explore King's Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.6/5)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKing's Wood is 588 hectares of mixed conifer and broadleaf woodland. It is defined as PAWS (plantation on ancient woodland site), which means it has been under woodland cover since 1600. It is a stronghold for sweet chestnut coppicing in Kent and home of the SVCP (Stour Valley Creative Partnership).

The Stour Valley Creative Partnership is a new creative partnership which has been formed to take forward the legacy of Stour Valley Arts Trust. The partnership is between Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership, Ashford Borough Council, Forestry Commission, Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, University for the Creative Arts and University of Kent. Kent County Council are also contributing.

For more information about the Stour Valley Creative Parnership, please visit the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership web pages: 

The King's Wood Sculpture Trail


The sculpture trail is approx. 6 km or 3.5 miles long, and a very enjoyable walk in all seasons. It takes you through different woodland areas including stands of coppice at different stages, areas of majestic beeches and conifers too.  The trail is waymarked with red arrows and numbers to keep you on track. Paths can be steep and rough in places, so sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the season is advised.

Sculpture Trail


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

Details of the 2017 Friends activities can be found on their web site.


Please be aware that at this time of year, Adders can be found basking in King's Wood. The adder is the only venomous snake native to Britain but will only use their venom as a last means of defence, usually if caught or trodden on. Treat adders with respect and leave them alone.

Please visit our web pages for more information including how to identify one!

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Absoloutely wonderful, so peaceful. Perfect day picnic with our dogs in the sun.

Jess, 6/Jun/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars

nice walk today would like to know where I can get a detailed map showing footpaths and sites of interest as there was none avalible at the car park as I would like to return and exsplore some more many thanks

philip collier, 17/May/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

PLEASE put more signs up especially for the way to car park. We got lost and took us 2.5 hours to find our way out!!

Anonymous, 15/May/2016
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Last updated: 17th October 2017

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