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Blean Woods

Blean Woods, located to the east of Faversham, are the largest in Kent and with a network of public rights of way in the woods and surrounding countryside are being used regularly by walkers, horse riders and cyclists.
Blean Woods

Blean Woods


In addition to their intrinsic interest as ancient woodland, Blean Woods surround a number of attractive villages with pubs where you can eat and drink, places to visit and local businesses where you can buy a range of local products

The woods are the largest in Kent covering more than 3,000 hectares - more than 11 square miles.
The woodland is very old and almost half of it is so special for wildlife that it has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Blean Woods is an RSPB nature reserve, with access to the paths at all times.
Woodpeckers are plentiful, while in the summer there are about 30 pairs of nightingales and several nightjars.

The reserve is one of the few places in Britain where you can find the heath fritillary butterfly.

Most of the woods in the Blean are classified as Ancient Woodland. This means that they are known to have existed since before 1600, and it is reasonable to assume that trees have grown on these sites for far longer.

How to find Blean Woods

Blean Woods are located to the north east of Boughton and to the east of Dunkirk. The woods are signposted from Rough Common, which is northwest of Canterbury off the A2 to Dover or A290 to Whitstable. The car park is open from 8am to 9pm.
Access by footpath is also available from the village of Boughton and/or Dawes Road.

Blean Woods Map
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service.
Image reproduced with kind permission of
Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.