Joyden’s Wood crosses both Dartford and Bexley and has two circular waymarked routes, with lots of woodlands to enjoy. From beech and sweet chestnut trees, ponds, and wildlife, to buzzards, turtle dove and sparrowhawks. Foxes and badgers also live in the wood, which has spring flowers including bluebells and lily of the valley. In the summer the small heath on the high ground in the centre is great for a picnic with views across the city. The autumn brings a range of leaf hues and fungi and in winter the greenery of the conifers are just one of the reasons to visit. Originally part of a large estate, it was taken over by The Forestry Commission in 1956 and then by the Woodland Trust in 1987, with the additional corner of the wood given by the Council in 1993.

Summerhouse Drive entrance is accessible, with a wide kissing gate leading to a surfaced stone track.

Bexley - 1 mile.

Buses run from Swanley, Dartford and Bexley, with stops close to the Ferndell Avenue and Summerhouse Drive entrances to the wood.

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