Kingley Vale is a nature reserve in West Sussex (England). It is described as Europes most impressive yew forest with yew trees up to 200o years old. I haven’t been to any other yew forests but I certainly agree that it is impressive. Walking between the old trees makes we wonder what these trees have seen in their life and I wish they could talk to share their stories. This place has something mythical.
Kingley Vale has a free car park that is easy to access. At the weekend and when the weather is good, it can be very busy but once you’re on your walk people spread out. From the car park, a path leads to the entrance of Kingley Vale. There are two main options to follow, a bridleway that surrounds the vale or a footpath, that meanders through the vale (Kingley Vale Trail). Both will lead to the top. I prefer the footpath. At the entrance to the vale is an information shelter with some history about the vale and its wildlife.
The path is numbered and has some info boards along the way.
Once you’ve made it to the top you can enjoy a wonderful wide view over the view and the whole south coast. The amazing view and mythical old yew trees make it a very special place that we frequently visit.