Category Archives: Gravesend

Holly Hill and Greatpark Wood, Nr Snodland, Gravesend, Kent

Long or short walk with a great view.

Located along a quiet lane near Snodland Holly Hill is one of the highest points in Kent and provides great views across to Canary Wharf.  Holly Hill is a small area of woodland set on a slope with a circular footpath of around 1.5km.  The footpaths are unmade and easy to follow and push chairs should get round without many  problems.  For more energetic dogs and owners a longer walk can be added which takes in Greatpark wood and pushes the walk up to approx 5km.   The footpaths here are also unmade and easy to follow but kissing gates and a stile will make push chair access quite hard.  Parking for both woodlands is available at Holly Hill where a small free carpark awaits.

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A 360 Panorama showing the footpath through Holly Hill.

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Ranscombe Farm Reserve

I’ve driven past the car park for Ranscombe Farm on numerous occasions and have never thought twice about stopping.  It is located just off the M2 junction 2 on the A228 heading towards Cuxton.  Well today we fancied a change so we decided to investigate.  We parked up in the small car park at the entrance next to the busy A228 and was a bit apprehensive as to what to expect.  The notice board showed a map of the reserve which looked like it covered a rather large area of fields and woodland.  We started our walk by making our way along the road, through the entrance and up the hill.  At the top we were pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was with only the rumble of trains to be heard in the distance.  Following the well marked footpaths and using the map produced by Plantlife (download a copy by clicking here) we walked across fields, through woods and up and down hills.  Our walk lasted about 2.5 hours and with the sun shining we had a very enjoyable walk.  We will definitely be going back to explore some of the other paths in the coming weeks.