Walderslade woods is set amongst the houses off the Walderslade Woods Road and not far from the M2 motorway. Parking is available in the roads around the woods but Wildfell Close off Walderslade Road has easy parking away from properties and driveways.
The woods are made up of 3 areas know as Round Wood, Cossington Valley and Tunbury Bottom and the circular walk will take you through each of these woods. Access to the woods is fairly open so if your dog does not have a good recall then lead walking near entrances and exits is advised. The walk follows the valley bottom along un-made footpaths and has a gradual slope and also a few steep paths. As with all woodland areas during the winter and wet weather the walk can become particularly muddy so sturdy waterproof boots are recommended.
Various leaflets have been produced by ‘Boxley Parish Council’ which gives you alot of information and detailed directions for the circular walk and the woods in general. These are sometimes available to pick up from Beechen Hall but can be viewed and printed by clicking the links below.
- – Free Parking in roads surrounding the woods.
Circular Walk Information:
Distance: Approx 2.5 Miles (4km)
Time: Around 1 hour dependant on your pace.
Terrain: Mainly woodland with some grassland areas in Round Wood and some road walking if doing the circular walk. The woods have un-made footpaths that follow the valley set between the houses and there are some steep paths and steps.
Dogs on Leads?: Dogs allowed off lead in the woods but advisable to keep dogs on lead near entrance / exit to the roads.
Circular Walk Route:
As there are numerous entrances to the woods you can start this walk from any point. The route is signposted and there is only one main footpath so you cant really get lost. When approaching the main Walderslade Woods road I would advise putting your dog back on their lead as this is quite a fast and busy road.
If you want to extend the walk then you can take the footpath near the hospital and head over the M2 foot bridge and continue along footpaths that can take you towards Blue Bell hill or over towards Boxley.