Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve
Follow a series of well laid out footpaths around this lovely nature reserve on this short walk in Sevenoaks. The site covers 71 hectares (175 acres) and includes several lakes, ponds, reedbed and woodlands. The reserve attracts a wide variety of birds including Greylag Goose, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Moorhen, Coot, Great Crested Grebe and Tufted Duck.
Waymarked trails take you around the lakes where you can stop and look out for the birds from one of the hides. You can also visit the pretty elemental gardens with wild flowers, orchids and habitats designed to attract various insects and butterflies.
There's also a very good visitor centre with a wealth of information and touch tables where you can handle birds nests and birds feathers.
If you would like to extend your walk you could head a couple of miles south and visit Knole Park. Here you will find 500 resident deer, ancient woodland, dry heathland, acid grassland and wood pasture.
There's another great wildlife watching spot near Sevenoaks at Bough Beech Reservoir. The reserve is located a few miles south of the town and includes nice bluebells woods and lots of birdlife to look out for on the water.
Just to the west is Chipstead Lake where there's more nice waterside trails to try.
PostcodeTN13 3DH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
After your exercise we recommend you stop at the splendid Bricklayers Arms at Chipstead Lake for some post walk refreshments. The lakeside public house, includes three terraced cottages and has a fine menu. There's also a nice outdoor seating area with views overlooking the pretty village green and the lake. The pub's sign represents Sir Winston Churchill, an expert bricklayer and whose home was at nearby Chartwell. You can find it in the village at postcode TN132RZ for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just a couple of miles to the north east there's nearby Kemsing where you can explore the Kemsing Downs Nature Reserve. It's a lovely place for a walk with ancient woodland, bluebells, wildlife and more tremendous views from its elevated location. Near here there's Otford where you can visit the splendid Otford Mount viewpoint and the ruins of the 15th century Otford Palace.