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About this wood

Set just south of Tunbridge Wells is big, broad and beautiful Hargate Forest – perfect for those “getting away to the country”. Part of the heavily wooded High Weald, the mixed woodland site supports an abundance of butterflies not often found in the region and a rich bird population. It is popular with people too!

Hargate has a good track, ride and path network where you can complete a circular walk but some sections can get muddy.

Set on sloping land, there are extensive views from the regenerating heathland areas and a brook flows through its southern section. The Woodland Trust has created ponds throughout the site.

The old forest, in the south, has the real feel of ancient woodland and boasts some fine old beech trees. Look out for lily of the valley – rare in the region.

Work is ongoing to thin conifers and control rhododendron, encouraging regeneration of native trees and boosting biodiversity.

Size: 61.7 ha (152.46 acres)

Near: Tunbridge Wells, East Sussex

Grid ref: TQ574370

OS map sheets:

  • OS Landranger 188
  • Explorer 135