This forest in Kent has mile of good walking and cycling trails taking you through attractive conifer, pine and douglas fir plantations. It's great for wildlife watching with lots of woodland birds to look out for on the way.
The walk starts from the Hemsted Forest car park. It's located at the southern end of the wood, just off Goddard's Green Road at a postcode of TN17 4AN for your sat navs. It's a good sized free car park from which to start your walk. From here you can pick up public footpaths heading north through Tottenden Wood, Farningham Wood, Chittenden Wood, Causton Wood and Timber Wood. There's miles of decent walking trails and also bridleways suitable for cyclists or horse riders.
PostcodeTN17 4AN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Hemsted Forest Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hemsted Forest Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hemsted Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hemsted Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The wide woodland trails are ideal for dog walking. You will probably see other owners on fine weekend days.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The forest is located just a short distance south of the historic Sissinghurst Castle. You can reach the castle from the nearby town of Cranbrook on the Cranbrook Walk. For more woodland walking and cycling head to the expansive Bedgebury Forest which is just a few miles to the west of Hemsted.
A couple of miles to the north east there's the village of Biddenden. It's a worthy place to visit with a picturesque village green, a fine 15th century pub and a photogenic High Street with a number of old Flemish weavers cottages to admire. The Biddenden Walk visits the forest from the village on a 3 mile route via Goose Green.
For more walking ideas in the area see the High Weald Walks page.