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Hambrook Marshes, Canterbury

Hambrook Marshes, Canterbury


Hambrook Marshes


Whitehall Road,


Hambrook Marshes provides both local residents and visitors the opportunity to explore an area of natural beauty close to the city centre. During the summer months the marshes bloom into a beautiful wild flower and hay meadow.

There is always a host of wildlife to study throughout the year at Hambrook Marshes and our carefully managed reed and willow beds attract a variety of rare species including winter wading birds such as snipe, reptiles, plants and insects. We also have a large number of Snakes Head Fritillary beds which bloom mid-spring. This beautiful wild flower is now a rare sight in Britain and can be easily identified by its deep purple, checked pattern flowers. The ponds and hay meadows also attract a variety of wildlife and during certain times of the year highland cattle can also be seen grazing on site.

Running alongside Hambrook Marshes is the Great Stour Way, Canterbury to Chartham Cycle Path, which offers a beautiful ride through some of Canterbury's most picturesque areas. Walking along the shared use footpath towards the city centre will lead you to the Westgate Gardens.

Hambrook Marshes are easily accessible by foot from the Riverside Retail Park, Wincheap and from the Westgate Towers, Canterbury along the cycle route.

Children welcomeDogs accepted



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Map reference: TR 138575  Lat: 51.27655 Long: 1.06479

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Canterbury West station


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
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