Whether standing above the clouds on a winters morning or watching the last rays of sun striking reds, purple and gold across the valley there is always something fantastic about this place …
Blue Bell Hill Picnic Site is located within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Beauty and is an ideal spot for walkers and picnickers.
With beautiful uninterrupted panoramic views over the Medway Valley it forms part of the 10 kilometre 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 and has a diverse number of rare plant species.
The plant lover will observe the bulbous buttercup, salad burnet, hairy violet, meadow vechling, false brome grass, bee orchid, wood sage and wild strawberry. These plants support a variety of specialist insects dingy skipper, grizzled skipper, chalk hill blue and brown argus butterflies. Despite the name ‘Blue Bell Hill’ no bluebells grow on the Site.
The North Downs Way passes along the northern edge of the site, giving further opportunities to explore the downs.
KENT AIR AMBULANCE
The Kent Air Ambulance Trust suffered a tragedy in July 1998; the air ambulance crashed in good weather after colliding with power cables near Burham whilst returning to Rochester Airport, following an aborted call to attend a road accident. All three crew – the pilot, Graham Budden, and two paramedics, Tony Richardson and Mark Darby – were killed on impact.
A memorial to the crew is located in the Blue Bell Hill Picnic Site car park, close to the scene of the crash.
Image By Clem Rutter Source