GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wye Downs

3 miles (5 km)

Explore this lovely area of chalk downland and woodland near Wye in Kent. Wye Downs is a nature reserve with several dramatic coombes formed in the ice age. This includes the Devil's Kneading Trough, a steep-sided valley with views of Romney Marsh, the Weald and the English Channel. The area is also home to interesting flora and fauna including several species of rare orchid.
This circular walk starts at the Wye Downs car park off Coldharbour Lane. From here you can pick up the North Downs Way and other footpaths to explore the reserve. The paths first head north to the Wye Crown. This hill figure was carved in the chalk by students in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII. The route then heads through the woodland of Pickersdane Scrubs before crossing Broad Downs and returning to the car park.
If you prefer you could visit the reserve by following the North Downs Way from the village of Wye. The village is very pretty and well worth exploring. It was voted the third best place to live in the UK in an annual broadsheet's review in 2013. See our Wye Crown Walk for details of how to reach the Downs from the village.
You can virtually explore Wye Downs using the google street view link below!

Wye Downs Postcode

TN25 5HE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Wye Downs OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wye Downs Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Wye Downs NNR 7

Wye Downs is a National Nature Reserve north-east of Ashford in Kent. It is part of Wye and Crundale Downs Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Wye from the Crown on Wye Downs - - 733618

Wye from the Crown on Wye Downs. View over Wye village from the Crown, with Wye College greenhouses in the foreground.


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