Access for all

We want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to quietly enjoy the distinctive  landscape and relaxing atmosphere of The Blean. There are well surfaced paths suitable for wheelchair users and families with pushchairs as well as people on foot. The first two trails described below have been developed with wheelchairs and pushchairs in mind.

West Blean & Thornden Woods.
A smooth, level one mile circular route and Wild Art trail from the Thornden Wood Road car park passing through a variety of woodland habitats. The route is waymarked and suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and small children’s bikes. Disabled parking bays are positioned close to the start. The trail has been developed by Kent Wildlife Trust supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Blean Woods National Nature Reserve.
Five waymarked trails can be accessed from the main car park off Rough Common Road. The circular green trail (1.8miles, 2.9km) is suitable for wheelchair users and takes one to one and a half hours at walking pace. It offers good variety passing through mature woodland, coppice and heathland. In addition three of the other trails have surfaces that remain firm all year but may have steeper gradients.

Clowes Wood.
Clowes Wood, with its wide hard gravel ride system and the Crab & Winkle Way cycle route, is popular with families with young children in buggies and on bikes. However, there are no waymarked trails from the car park though the Forestry Commission have an open access policy for quiet recreation.