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

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

Stour Valley Creative Celebration 

Stour Valley Creative Partnership (SVCP) was formed in 2015 following the sad closure of Stour Valley Arts.  As founder member of SVA, Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership were keen to see whether the work done by SVA could be saved and continued. A partnership was formed with the Forestry Commission, University for Creative Arts, University of Kent, Kent Downs AONB and Ashford Borough Council (with the support of KCC) to first secure the legacy of SVA and secondly to have new engagement through the arts with this wonderful woodland and ultimately the Stour Valley

We are holding our first public event this August 7th, as we want to celebrate achieving most of our first goal to secure the legacy of SVA. UCA is in the process of archiving the SVA collection, which will be accessible at their Rochester campus.  The sculpture trail has been updated with new posts and signage, a lot of the restoration work has been done on the living/earth sculptures and work will start in September to repair and secure Super Kingdom.  There have been challenges, as for the first time since 2 of the sculptures were installed the area around them has, or is in the process of being coppiced. Residencies for artists at the Forest Studio have also begun again.

University students from both UCA and UoK’s  School of Music & Fine Art have been visiting the woods and 4 new sculptures have been created to be on display over the summer.

So please do come out and join us to celebrate these new beginnings and this wonderful resource.

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

Friends of King’s Wood Walks and Events 2016

Meet in the main forest car park off White Hill Road, Challock, TN25 4AP unless otherwise stated.

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

Summer Stroll with Diana Sawyer

Date: Sunday 24 July 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Secret Forest - 7 Mile Trek with Wendy Hogg

Date: Saturday 3 September 2:00pm - 5:00pm


Tremendous Trees with Jon Shelton KSCP

Date: Sunday 18 September 10:00am - 12:30pm

Meet at Molash, A252, War Memorial Triangle


Dormice Dozing?* with Jason Adams

Date: Sunday 9 October 10:00am - 12:00pm


Dawn the Deer with Steve Hanna

Date: Sunday 16 October

6:30am - 8:30am

Meet at lower forest car park, White Hill Road


Fungi Fungus with Martin Newcombe

Date: Sunday 6 November 10:00am - 1:00pm


Hare Preservation Trust & AGM with Jane Ross

Date: Monday 21 November 7:00pm -9:00pm

Challock Village Hall, TN25 4AU


King’s Wood Country Quiz 2017 with Diana Sawyer

Date: Saturday 11 March 2017 7:30pm -10:00pm

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: 22nd November 2016

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