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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?

A lovely place to walk and play for both the dogs and the children. We loved the amazing sculptures and got lost a couple of times but all in all enjoyable afternoon. Maybe a printable or download leaflet would be fab on the website with paths detailed so no one gets lost!

Lou, 15/Feb/2018

Thank you for your comments. We are working with a local art group to see if we can improve the art trail. We're glad you enjoyed your walk.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

2 hours to walk around. Could do with a few more signs like someone mentioned. Loved the houses in the trees not too sure what animals they are for though, maybe another bin would be handy to have as we only saw one right at the very start. Apart from that no other faults the kids had a great time exploring and we met some really friendly dogs on the way round. Might be worth adding this to the walkswithbuggies website as we managed to walk around the red route with ours and there's not many places you can. Fab little(well big) forest.

Tracy, 12/Aug/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

We chanced across Kings Wood during a 3-day break in Kent whilst driving along the A251 through the coppiced section. The bluebells were still fantastic on May 10th and the red signed sculpture walk took us through all the varied sections of woodland. Great to see the wood is still worked and it makes England seem special.

Ian & Sally, 10/May/2017
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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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