Walking in the Blean
The Big Blean Walk is an exciting new way to discover the landscapes of East Kent. The route is named after the Heath Fritillary butterfly, which was almost extinct in the late 80s, but is now one of the largest colonies in the UK. The Big Blean Walk has been designed by the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership, part of the Blean Initiative, a collaboration between local authorities, conservation bodies and landowners. The project is part-funded by the Heritage Lottery and Kent Wildlife Trust.
The Blean Woods National Nature Reserve is over 11 square miles of distinct ancient woodland. The reserve is home to a number of waymarked paths for walking and cycling, as well as opportunities to spot wildlife and take a horse-riding tour. Dog walkers must follow the marked routes if they wish to take their dogs on a walk. The forest is home to a variety of birds, so make sure to keep your dogs on the designated dog walking paths.