Blean, Woods In Kent, Ancient Woodlands

Woodland And Bird Sanctury Suitable For Dog Walk And Cycle Trails

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Getting There

Blean Wood is about two miles outside Canterbury just off Rough Common Road and can be reached from the A290 Whitstable Road or by coming from the M2.

The wood is part of a complex of several woodlands that have an important conservation value, they are amongst the oldest woodlands in the region. Blean Wood is officially an RSPB reserve. It is a terrific resources for the whole community. There is a small car park and picnic area with designated trails, some of which begin and end at the car park.

The woodlands are traditionally managed which takes a significant effort from the conservationists that help maintain the habitat for flora and fauna.

The woods accommodate; ramblers, runners, bike riders and family excursions, some of the paths may be suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs when the conditions permit but you should contact the RSPB direct if have a particular requirement. The longest trail is just over eight miles long.

Blean Woods

The shortest of the three trails (about 1.5 miles) is available for dog walkers and Blean is quite busy at high days and holidays with bird watchers, dog walkers and local people just enjoying the wood.

Walking around Blean is interesting and relaxing and definitely not just for wildlife enthusiasts or nature lovers. In dry weather the paths are easily negotiated but sturdy footwear or boots will be needed if it has been raining or is damp underfoot. At the time of writing the picnic area included apposite works of art by local artists and students. The summer months provide opportunities to see a wide range of birds and insects including the heath fritillary butterfly.

More details:

  • 01227 455972
  • www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
Blean Woods

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"Thanks for the feature, this is a great place, your audience might like to know that the car park can be oversubscribed at busy times and the trails and access road can be muddy when wet. Appropriate footwear in the winter is essential. Could you add my comments to the review?"

"Its a great place when dog owners care to keep their animals under control...."