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Whitehall Meadows, wild horses

Whitehall Meadows, wild horses

Contact

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Address

Off Whitehall Road,
Canterbury,
CT2 8NL

Details

Whitehall Meadows and Bingley Island dates back to the Doomsday period. Today it is one of a few areas of riverside grassland that has not been treated with weedkillers or fertilisers, which means that a wide variety of species can thrive.

The meadows are characterised by damp loving grassland plant species, and bats, snails, common reptiles, dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies are just some of the wildlife that has been seen in the meadows. The wet riverside meadows grow on peat on shingle, and are cut annually or grazed as part of a maintenance regime. In the long term, we hope to graze the meadows to improve the grassland species and provide a more interesting and active historic landscape. We are working closely with the neighbouring landowners to graze the area effectively and hope to see the reapperance of species such as marsh orchid and ragged robin.

In Victorian times, Canterbury born Thomas Sidney Cooper painted traditional English landscapes of cattle and sheep grazing in this area, on the north bank of the River Stour immediately upstream from Westgate Gardens, Canterbury.

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Parking | Disabled Parking | Surfaced Paths | Wheelchair Friendly | Children's Play Area | Waymarked Trails | Geocaching | Cycling

Prices

Free entry

Location

Directions

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Map reference: TR 138575  Lat: 51.27650 Long: 1.06483

Whitehall Meadows can be found west of Toddlers Cove play area, at the end of Wesgate Gardens in Canterbury. Bingley Island is south of the Toddlers Cove play area and is accessed through Tannery Field.

By car: From the West Gate mini roundabout in Canterbury head out of the city then take first left into Linden Grove, which leads into Whitehall Road. Park at Toddlers Cove Car Park.

By train: Canterbury East and West are both less than 1 mile from the site.

By bike: Route 18 runs alongside the site.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury East/West station

Facilities

  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Parking | Disabled Parking | Surfaced Paths | Wheelchair Friendly | Children's Play Area | Waymarked Trails | Geocaching | Cycling

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