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The Kent Downs stretch from the White Cliffs of Dover to the London and Surrey borders. They are designated an area of outstanding natural beauty which makes them an ideal location for nature lovers especially for those in search of fabulous Orchids and wild flowers.

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Our summer farmlands and grasslands simply come alive at this time of year with wild flowers and animals.

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Kent Downs - Visitor Guide


Queendown Warren, Warren Lane, Hartlip, North Kent.

Royal St George's golf course, near Sandwich, Kent.

Postcode ME9 7

Kent Wildlife Trust - 01622 662012


Park Gate Down (ring before visit).


West Kent Downs Countryside Trust contact form.


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Location maps:

Queendown Warren map


Multimap of area

Ordnance Survey:Queendown Warren - OS Map 188 TQ 827629.
Grid reference: TQ841642
Key attractions:Orchids and chalk grassland butterflies including the rare Adonis Blue.
Essential kit:Walking shoes, Orchid identification guide. Magnifying glass.
Nature watching:

Orchids and wild flowers:

Queen Down Warren in North Kent - there are good views over the reserve from the top of the Main Bank.

Royal St George's golf course, near Sandwich.


Park Gate Down - an environmentally sensitive site so please call to make an appointment.


Kent Wildlife Trust run guided walks at Queendown Warren and Park Gate Down.

Access:Queendown Warren: Public footpaths. Some paths on the banks are steep and uneven in parts. Nature trail leaflet available.

Access to the main reserve is via kissing gates and rambler gates. At present there are just two disabled kissing gates for smaller wheelchairs and pushchairs. None of the paths are surfaced - many are narrow, steep or rutted.

Getting there:

Queendown Warren: Take the A2 and follow the signs to Hartlip along the Lower Hartlip Road. Take a right into Mount Lane and then bear left at the cross-roads into Warren Lane.

Car parking available.


Parkgate Down: located south of Canterbury in Kent.

Opening times:

The two Orchid reserves are run by Kent Wildlife Trust. They're free and open all year.


Park Gate Down - a sensitive site so please call to make an appointment via Kent Wildlife Trust.

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