Hamstreet National Nature Reserve

The woods are part of Orlestone Forest, a fragmented area of woodland that is the remnant of a continuous oak forest that once covered the Weald of Kent.


The reserve is actively managed in a traditional way and attracts an outstanding collection of birds and moths.

The reserve is of an archaeological interest and contains many well preserved earthworks including a medieval ditch, a bank system and the remains of a staggered medieval dam.

Information panels along the marked trails encourage visitors to look out for a variety of wildlife.

The site makes good use of the numerous footpaths, bridleways and long distance trails that run through the reserve, to offer three circular walks to enjoy.

It has an easy access route for those with restricted mobility, however the woodland paths are largely unsuitable for wheelchair access.

Horse riding is allowed and the reserve is also popular with dog walkers. Two trails pass through the reserve; the Saxon Shore Way and the Greensands Way.


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