King's Wood Kent
This large area of woodland near Challock has miles of good walking trails to try. There's a good sized sculpture trail with a series of interesting wooden sculptures and pretty bluebells in the springtime. The ancient woodland is comprised of Sweet Chestnut, Beech, Corsican Pine and Douglas Fir. It's a great place for wildlife with species including fallow deer, adders, nightjars and green woodpeckers.
The forest is located just to the east of Challock with a parking area on White Hill Road. It is not too far from Canterbury and Ashford.
This route is designed for walkers to explore the sculptures but there are also lots of good cycling trails on the hard forest roads and mountain bike trails in the woods. The North Downs Way also passes through the eastern end of the woods so you can pick up this bridleway section too.
If you followed it south you could pay a visit to the pretty Eastwell Park Lake where there are some nice views across the still waters of the scenic lake. There's also a ruined 14th century church and the splendid Eastwell Manor, a former royal residence.
PostcodeTN25 4DG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
King's Wood Kent Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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King's Wood Kent OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
King's Wood Kent Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
As you'd imagine the woodland trails are ideal for dog walking. You'll probably see plenty of other owners on your visit.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head north east to Chilham and you can enjoy some lovely riverside trails along the Stour Valley Walk. This will lead you to Denge Wood where there are more serene woodland trails to try. Perry Woods can also be found near here.