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Planted to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, Victory Wood links two areas of ancient woodland that have not been linked since the mid 20th century.
With information about The Battle of Trafalgar, newly planted woodland and spectacular views over the Isle of Sheppey and Thames Estuary, there is plenty to see and do at Victory Wood, part of the largest continuous wooded area in Kent.
Victory Wood is one of 27 created as part of the Trafalgar Woods Project. The Woodland Trust bought the 140-hectare (345-acre) site in 2004, and planted 80 hectares (197 acres) of native broadleaf trees along its southern boundary. Among the new woodland you will find commemorative art work including a statue of Nelson, Victory Footprint, Chain Link and Trafalgar battle plan laid out in trees.
The site has a good network of paths, including a surfaced path suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, which starts at the car park. There is also an all-access route for horse riders, pedestrians and off-road push bikes, although only horse riders are permitted to use it during spring and summer.
All paths can get muddy when wet, and there are some steep slopes at the southern end of the wood. Livestock garze in open areas of the site.
Finding Victory Wood
Victory Wood is lies just south of Dargate Road between Yorkletts and Highstreet, 3 miles south of Whitstable.
OS Explorer 150, Landranger 179, TR093619.
From the A299, take the exit signposted 'Yorkletts, Dargate, Waterham', into Highstreet. Follow Highstreet Road for approximately 300m, until you come to a sharp bend. At the bend turn right, following the sign for Victory Wood. The car park is immediately on your left.
By public transport
The nearest train station is Whitstable (3.5 miles). The number 638 bus runs regularly from Whitstable and stops at Barn Close, Yorkletts. For more details visit traveline.
Accessing the wood
The main entrance to the wood is from The Woodland Trust car park, off Dargate Road (this has a height restriction barrier over the entrance). There is another entrance off Dargate Road via a pedestrian squeeze gap opposite Blean Wood (on the other side of road). This entrance has no car park and the road is too narrow to leave cars parked on the edge. There is a further entrance in the south east corner of the wood off Denstroude Lane, next to to Ellenden Wood (again, there is no car park).
There is no public footpath leading in to Victory Wood, but you can access it from other public footpaths from the road. The nearest one leads from Denstroude Lane in to the Blean National Nature Reserve at Church Wood.