BLUE BELL HILL RESERVE

 Blue Bell Hill Reserve
Blue Bell Hill, Chatham, Kent
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Introduction

Blue Bell Hill Reserve is situated next door to Burham Down Reserve the chalk grassland, scrub and woodland sits high up with panoramic views across to Leybourne and West Malling.

Some of the footpaths form part of the North Downs long distance route and the area contains quite a few steep and uneven paths.

Notice boards and a dog bin can be found next to the car park along with benches and picnic tables.  The car park has a height barrier and is closed over night.

Blue Bell Hill Reserve Information Board

Parking Location

Address: Common Road, Blue Bell Hill, Chatham, Kent, ME5 9RG
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General Information

Various routes feed out from the carpark and some are narrow, steep and uneven but its worth it for the view.

Distance: A Circular walk approx 6Km (3.7 Miles)

Time:  Approx. 1.5 Hours dependant on pace.

Terrain:  Set on a hillside so some paths are steep and uneven.  The walk up the Byway is particularly steep.  Footpaths can become very muddy in winter and wet weather.

Stiles:  None.  Only kissing gates.

Dogs on leads?:  Dogs allowed off lead.

Dog Bins:  Yes.  A few can be found around the nature reserve.

Parking:  Free car park available in Common Road (Closed overnight.  See sign at car park entrance for opening and closing times).

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 All trails 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 from the carpark and head off to the right across the grassland and through the first kissing gate.
  2. Follow through the next kissing gate and follow the footpath down hill until you come to a footpath crossroads.
  3. From here we went straight on until we reached the Byway.  Turn right and follow it up a steep incline to the top where you reach the road and the Robin Hood pub.
  4. Head towards the pub and take the pathway that goes down the left hand side and into the woodland.
  5. Follow this path way all the way downhill to nearly the end and then turn right heading back up the path through woodland.
  6. Follow this pathway all the way back up to the road.  Cross the road and head down the Byway opposite.
  7. This will bring you back to the kissing gate you went through earlier.  Turn left and follow the path back to the carpark.

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