This 168 acre nature reserve has some nice woodland trails including a waymarked 1.6 mile walk. Interesting flora includes the rare Small-Leaved Lime and the pretty Deptford Pink wildflower. It's a lovely peaceful place for a stroll with the addition of some moderate hill climbs with great views over the area. Interestingly, the reserve was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 1986.
The woods are located just to the north of Farningham and Eynsford. You can park at the car park at the end of Calfstock Lane, just off the A225.
Please note cycling is not permitted in the woods.
The Darent Valley Path runs close to the woods and through Farningham. You could follow it south and visit Eynsford Castle and Lullington Castle. Here you will find more nice footpaths in Lullingstone Country Park.
If you follow it north then it will take you into Dartford, passing Darenth Country Park on the way. The park has nice wide lawns, picnic areas, meadows and pockets of woodland.
PostcodeDA4 9JH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Farningham Woods Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Farningham Woods Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Farningham Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Farningham Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's a few good options for refreshments in nearby Eynsford, just south of the woods. The Riverside Tea Room is in a great location for some afternoon tea. There's a good menu and outdoor seating for warmer days. You can find it at postcode DA4 0AE.
The Malt Shovel is another nice choice. The friendly pub does great food and also has a nice beer garden to relax in. You can find it at postcode DA4 0EP your sat navs.
As you'd imagine the woods are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see other owners on your visit.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Eynsford Circular Walk starts at the 11th century Eynsford Castle near to the woods. It will take you along the river to two of the local country parks.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Walks page.