9 Forests in Kent that you should visit - With photos & details

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9 Forests to explore in Kent

Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north-west, Surrey to the west, and East Sussex to the south-west. The county also shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames, and with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the Channel Tunnel. The county town is Maidstone.

Bedgebury ForestBedgebury Forest, Goudhurst, Wadhurst TN5 7PN, UK

Bedgebury is an award-winning visitor attraction with something for everyone. Open all year, Bedgebury is the perfect place for healthy outdoor activity. Its Forest has miles of family cycling and mountain-biking, walking, and running trails, as well as Go Ape treetop adventure, and an adventure play trail. It's National Pinetum is a world-class collection of dramatic conifers and a beautiful setting for a country walk in all seasons.

Betteshanger ParkSandwich Rd, Deal CT14 0BF, UK

Betteshanger Country Park sits on the former colliery spoil heap and It offers a  250-acres of outstanding space for people to access and explore the outdoors. It provides access to a variety of environments including woodland, grassland and marshland. It houses the most important cycling centre in East Kent, with a 3-kilometre road cycling track providing safe, traffic free road cycling facilities. The surface material of the entire park  was mixed with recycled green waste and fertiliser to cr

Brockhill Country ParkSandling Rd, Hythe, Saltwood CT21 4HL, UK

Brockhill Country Park is in Saltwood, near Hythe in Kent, England. The park was a former estate with landscaped gardens and has subsequently been sub-divided. It has a central lake, open grassland and meadows, and all the facilities you need for a family day out, including a picnic area, a new play area for kids and refreshments at the excellent Brockhill Café.

Cobtree Manor ParkForstal Rd, Aylesford ME20 7AG, UK

A beautiful country park, standing on the site of the old Maidstone Zoo, the park features a themed play area, along with a sculpture trail, plenty of space for picnics, and a cafe.  It has since been planted with over 600 different species of trees and shrubs. An array of exotic plants can be found in the Arboretum, or Parkland Garden, which lies on the eastern side of the park.

Elmley National Nature ReserveElmley, Minster on Sea, Isle of Sheppey ME12 3RW, UK

Elmley is a huge National Nature Reserve, where peaceful meadows and waterways are dominated by vast, soul-stirring skies.  you are likely to see water birds wading in the ponds, magnificent birds of prey soaring above, hares bounding across the meadows, as well as butterflies, dragonflies, and bees exploring the waterways and wildflowers. One of the iconic locations where you can spend some good time in the greens and also it's quite challenging.

Howletts Wild Animal Park ltdBekesbourne Ln, Bekesbourne, Littlebourne, Canterbury CT4 5EL, UK

Howletts Wild Animal Park, Kent’s most successful and multi-award-winning animal park, offers visitors the chance to experience real conservation, throughout 2016. Explore a 90-acre adventure in beautiful ancient parkland that is ideal for great days out in Kent with the entire family.  It is also a breeding sanctuary for some of the rarest and endangered species in the world. With over 450 animals and over 50 individual species.

Jeskyns Community WoodlandHenhurst Rd, Gravesend DA12 3AN, UK

Jeskyns community woodland was opened in 2007 and covers 360 acres of grassland, orchards, meadows and woodland which is owned and maintained by the forestry commission. There are signposted trails, a dog activity area, an enclosed dog training area, childrens play areas, picnic benches and dog bins located all round the country park.

Lullingstone Country ParkCastle Rd, Eynsford DA4 0JF, UK

Lullingstone Country Park is a former deer park of a large estate, it was later sold to become an open-space and woodland park near Eynsford, in Kent, England. It is important for its collection of ancient trees, with over 300 veteran oak, beech, ash, hornbeam and sweet chestnut, some of which are thought to be 800 years old. It is the perfect place to get back to nature. With a café on site that serves delicious homemade food and fresh coffee, a shop, and a play area, there really is something

Port Lympne ReserveAldington Rd, Lympne, Hythe CT21 4LR, UK

Port Lympne Reserve is a breeding sanctuary for rare and endangered animals. Europe’s largest collection of life size dinosaurs is currently rampaging in the forest of Port Lympne Reserve. The exhibit allows you to wander around these magnificent models and try your hand at digging for fossils.