Kent Spring Walks
Published: Monday 31st Mar 2014
Written by: Carol Attwell
The best places to enjoy bluebells, cherry blossom and wild orchids in Kent.
Sissinghurst Estate is covered in English bluebells during April and May. There is a mapped three-mile walk on the National Trust website, which take one and a half hours and passes through a bluebell wood and the surrounding fields. The main garden at Sissinghurst is fantastic at this time of year, with a fine show of spring flowers.
Cherry Orchards at Lenham
Walk along the North Downs Way from Lenham village, past the chalk cliffs and on to Rayners Hill. In April the pride of Kent bursts into bloom – the glorious cherry trees are coated in snowy white blossom. Some of Kent’s best cherry orchards include Sheldwich on the edge of the Downs, Stockbury, high on the Downs, and Lenham, Milstead and Lynsted, which are now all community orchards. Go to the Kent Downs website for a map.
Ancient Woodland Walk - Spuckles Wood nr Faversham
Spuckles Wood is a 32-acre ancient woodland which provides a haven for butterflies, birds and wild flowers. Come spring, you can enjoy blossom, violets, orchids (such as the Early Purple Orchid), wood anemones and bluebells. Both Spuckles Wood and Kennelling Wood beside it contain many rare flowers.
Emmetts Garden, near Sevenoaks
This National Trust garden has a fantastic display of bluebells in April and May, as well as a colourful show of azaleas and rhododendrons and views of the Kentish Weald and Ide Hill. Walk routes are available from the National Trust office. If you want to walk further you can do a longer stroll that takes in the beautiful bluebell woods around Ide Hill, including Scords Wood.
Queendown Warren, nr Sittingbourne
This downland valley nature reserve is a lovely spot to walk in late April and May. It boasts a colourful show of cowslips in spring, especially on the West Bank. Ten species of orchid also