Hemsted Forest easy access trailSave this item
This is a superb, accessible Wealden woodland route along generous paths. Hemsted Forest Country Park is very popular with cyclists and riders, as well as walkers and dog owners. Managed by the Forestry Commission, it is working woodland and as such, it is important to look out for warning signs about activities being undertaken.
A victim of the hurricane of 1987, Hemsted Forest has subsequently had many trees replanted by the local community. Areas were also cleared of mature conifers in 2000 and replanted in 2003 with Douglas fir. The dense foliage attracts numerous birds and dormice are known to thrive in this habitat.
The paths are wide, but with continual climbs and descents for the first half of the walk, including a 20% slope up from the car park entrance to the start of the walk.
The nearby village of Benenden is one of the few settlements in the Weald to be mentioned in the Domesday Book. It is known for its thriving community, village green, historic buildings and pubs.
This walk is one Explore Kent’s Easy Access walks.
Easy access means that the route is suitable for pushchairs and all wheelchairs.
Easy Access walks are free of stiles and obstructions. They generally have a hard, compact surface although some walks may use grassy surfaces, which can become muddy in winter months.
Click on the “Start & end” button on the map below to find the location of the walk.
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