What can I see at Kingley Vale?
The reserve contains one of the finest yew forests in western Europe, including a grove of ancient trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain.
Main habitats: Yew woodland and lowland chalk grassland
Why is Kingley Vale important?
Kingley Vale is known for its twisted and ancient yews and includes a grove of veteran trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain. It also has superb chalk grassland and is one of the most important archaeological sites in southern England, with 14 scheduled ancient monuments.
Wildlife at Kingley Vale
Look out for green woodpeckers hunting for ants on the grassland, as well as red kites and buzzards. There are also butterflies galore, including the beautiful chalk hill blue, holly blue and brimstone.
Getting to Kingley Vale
The Nature Reserve can be accessed from car parks at West Stoke and Stoughton. West Stoke car park offers the best access and has approx. 25–30 spaces but is not accessible for coaches. The Reserve is signposted from there and is about a 15 minute walk along an all access footpath from the car park to the main entrance.
Access at Kingley Vale
The terrain at Kingley Vale, including the Nature Trail, is steep and difficult in places and not suitable for wheelchairs.
Read more about Kingley Vale’s habitat and why we need to help look after it.
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