Kingley Vale Nature Reserve is one of Chichester's most cherished attractions. Spanning some 160 hectares, it is one of the finest examples of chalk grassland and ancient yew forest in Western Europe; with several of the twisted yews dating at more than 500 years old, its one of the oldest living organisms in Great Britain.
The reserve is a haven for wildlife and is home to eleven different species of orchid, several varieties of butterflies including chalkhill blue and brimstone, green woodpeckers, red kites, buzzards, stoats and if you're lucky you might spot one of the reserves herds of Roe or Fallow deer.
Climb to the top of Kingley Vale hill and you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views over Chichester, Chichester Harbour and across to the Solent, Isle of Wight and South Downs National Park.
Kingley Vale is one of the most important archaeological sites in southern England and has 14 scheduled ancient monuments and from the top of the hill you'll also find a Bronze Age burial mound.
Kingley Vale is open for the public to enjoy all year round.
There is no charge to visit Kingley Vale.
The terrain is steep and difficult in some places. There are stiles and kissing gates at some points.
By Car: Leave the A286 at Mid Lavant and continue west,to the NNR car park near the village of West Stoke.
Kingley Vale is quite a distance from any bus or train routes.