One of the many advantages to living in and around Tunbridge Wells is the nature and wildlife just on our doorstep that is free of charge. Broadwater Warren is a fabulous nature reserve, just outside of Tunbridge Wells, that continues to be lovingly restored by the RSPB you can wander through woodland and open heath, stroll past ponds and spot a rich array of wildlife. While adults will appreciate its beauty, it is a winner for children too. Dog walkers are also very welcome.
We visit the reserve most weekends whatever the weather (while lovely on a fine day, there is nothing more my two kids love than putting on their waterproofs and splashing in the fairly deep muddy puddles!). There are many things to spot on a family walk including dragonflies and damselflies, lizards, impressively large woodland ants’ nests (the kids favourite!), a turret of a Churchill tank, and we even have – on two occasions – spotted wild Exmoor ponies grazing! Suggested routes are clearly marked on the trail (although there is nothing stopping you deciding to explore your own path!) including a nature trail (5.6 km – this may not be suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs) and an all-ability trail (0.7 km).
Broadwater Warren is on Broadwater Forest Lane (which is just off the A26 Eridge Road). There is free parking.