Credit Phil Williams
Photo: John Miller
30. Boxley Warren
Boxley is a story of hope and recovery. From slopes once scarred by off road bike users, beautiful chalk grassland is re-emerging. The site is revered for its internationally scarce yew woodland, its heavy evergreen presence a stunning feature, especially dramatic in the winter months.
The Warren supports a fascinating flora and fauna reflected in its designations as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). It has also become a Local Nature Reserve (LNR).
Entering the wood from the west end, the antiquity of the site is immediately striking with the White Horse Stone, a scheduled ancient monument. The North Downs Way National Trail winds up though the ancient yew woodland, opening in places to reveal dramatic views.