ASHENBANK WOODS

Ashenbank Woods
Cobham, Gravesend, Kent
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Introduction

Ashenbank Woods is located near the village of Cobham and is easily accessible from the M2/A2 motorway.  Ashenbanks ancient woodland dates back at least 40 years and covers 30 hectare and is bordered by Jeskyns and Shorne woods country parks which are linked by The Darnley Trail which is a 10km circular route.

The main entrance hosts a small free Woodland Trust carpark and it is from here that the waymarked trail starts and takes you on a tour of woodland.  Most of the paths and trails are unmade and so can become muddy and slippery in wet weather.

Parking Location

Address: Halfpence Lane, Nr. Cobham, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 3BH
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General Information

Distance: Circular walk is around 2.5km (approx. 1.8 miles)

Time:  Approx. an hour dependant on pace and if you read the information boards around the site.

Terrain:  The walk takes you through the woodland along mainly unmade paths .  Some sections can be steep and all paths can become slippery and muddy during the winter and wet weather.

Stiles:  None.  Only kissing gates.

Dogs on leads?:  Dogs allowed off lead.  

Dog Bins:  Yes.

Parking:  Free parking in the small Woodland Trust carpark located off Halfpence Lane. 

The Route

Click the walk title in the top right of the above window or clicking here will open the route on the AllTrails website or the mobile app.  You can then create a free account which will then allow you to follow the route as you walk on your mobile.  If you would rather not sign up to AllTrails free account and use another mapping app (such as OS Maps, Outdooractive or Komoot etc) on your phone then you can download the GPX file below and import this into your desired app inorder to follow the trail.

The Walk Details ...

  1. Start the walk by parking in the Woodland Trust carpark off Halfpence Lane.
  2. We then entered the woods using the left entrance on the far side of the car park.
  3. Follow the footpath round until the footpath passes through a cut out in a fallen tree.  From here you can pass through the kissing gate and head off towards Jeskyns country park or continue round to the right.
  4. We followed the footpath along the fence line until we reached some steps that have been cut into a a steep slope.  
  5. Head up the steps and follow the footpath to the right and you will come across the remains of the Bronze Age Barrow.
  6. Continue on the path and through the kissing gate and then you will reach another information board telling you about the World War 2 RAF camps constructed at Ashenbank.
  7. Follow the path and then take the path on the right and head back down past the ponds.
  8. At the bottom pass through the kissing gate and turn left and head back towards the carpark. 

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