Know before you go
Parking informationStreet parking available on Riesco Drive and Broadcoombe
Grazing animalsGrazing animals in neighbouring field
A public right of way, the London Outer Orbital Path, runs through the reserve.
Bramley Bank is located in the borough of Croydon, in the Addington Hills. There are two entrances, one off Riesco Drive and one in Broadcoombe. Tramlink services stop at Coombe Lane, a five-minute walk from the entrance at Riesco Drive. Bus service 466 also travels along Coombe Lane.
The paths are generally level with shallow inclines, but the entrances can be muddy and uneven, particularly near the pond and the Broadcoombe entrance. There is a narrow kissing gate at Riesco Drive which is unsuitable for wheelchairs.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July, September to November
About the reserve
Nestled between Addington Hills and Littleheath Wood is this enchanting oak woodland, with supporting relic heathland and acid grassland communities. Trees here include birch, oak and ash, with springtime displays of bluebell and dog violet. Bramley Bank also boasts the largest woodland pond in Croydon, which is of special wildlife value. The acid grassland clearing supports a range of bird, butterfly and flower species.
History of Bramley Bank
The woodland here now has grown after the 1930s, but species indicative of ancient woodland are present. The boundary of Bramley Bank remains the same as it did in 1890. The area was then more like open parkland and formed part of the Heathfield Estate, owned by the Riesco family. Many of the Austrian pines, sweet chestnut and beech trees had by then been planted and the pond dug. Management of Bramley Bank We are cutting and clearing invading scrub to protect the lowland heath and acid grassland, in addition to undertaking more selective heathland restoration works by harvesting heather brash and seeds from neighbouring heathland sites for sowing on our reserve. Remnant cherry laurel characteristic of the site’s historic associations is cleared, along with sycamore encroachment from the woodland understory.
Status of Bramley Bank
Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation; Local Nature Reserve; Metropolitan Green Belt