- Parks and Playgrounds
Ages: all ages
Venue type: Outdoor
Bluebell Hill Picnic Site, tucked inside the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, forms part of the 10km stretch of chalk escarpment between Wouldham and Detling that has been classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It boasts a range of terrain including woodland, scrub and chalk grassland so there's a terrific range of insect and bird life to be spotted if you fancy a mini beast safari, such as dingy skipper; grizzled skipper; chalk hill blue and brown argus butterflies!
Junior botanists are in for a treat too as there are an unusual number of rare plant species to be found here all with somewhat wonderful names, including the bulbous buttercup, salad burnet, hairy violet, meadow velching, false brome grass, bee orchid, wood sage and wild strawberry (which are safe to eat if you find and clean, though you're discouraged from harvesting the lot!) are all found in the area.
Kits Coty is name of the Neolithic long barrow remains that can be found on the lower slopes of Blue Bell Hill. Kids may find it exciting that the 7ft tall sarsen stones supporting the 13 foot capstone form what is believed to be the entrance to a burial chamber, and they think the stones were moved by hand!
The North Downs Way passes along the northern edge of the site, giving further opportunities to explore the Down if you've got the energy to extend your day a bit further!
- Parking Available On-site
Getting There and Contact Information
Blue Bell Hill, Rochester, Kent, ME5 9RJ, England
Click here to visit Bluebell Hill Picnic Site's website
08458 247 600
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Year round daylight access. 9am to dusk or 9pm.
No entry fees!