Browsing places to visit within 5 miles of Charlton Park Foundation


Herne Bay Pier
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Pier Avenue, Herne Bay, CT6 8PD

Herne Bay Pier was originally the second longest pier in the country, extending 1147m into the sea to receive visiting passenger steamers. Today the pier is now open to visitors as a leisure and events space.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay Station (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
Reculver Beach © English Heritage

Reculver, Herne Bay, CT6 6SU, Tel: 01227 862162,

Reculver's shingle beach is a haven for those looking for a peaceful hideaway in the rural setting of the Reculver Country Park, where people come to relax and admire the stunning Kent coastline. Seaside Award 2016.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (3 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
Herne Bay East Beach

Seafront, Herne Bay, CT6 8SS, Tel: 01227 862162,

If you visit Herne Bay, you'll fall in love with the British seaside all over again. Whether you relax on the beach with a picnic or take a dip in the inviting water, Herne Bay will take you back to the holidays of your childhood.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
Tankerton Slopes © Tim Stubbings
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Marine Parade, Whitstable, CT5 2BQ,

Tankerton Slopes, just outside Whitstable, is an area of common land between the town and the seashore. It has brightly coloured beach huts and steep paths that lead down to the beach.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
Beacon Hill, Herne Bay © Explore Kent

Herne Bay, CT6 6JP,

Beacon Hill in Herne Bay is situated above the shore line and offers a bracing outdoor experience that will blow the cobwebs away! Stunning views of Reculver to the East and the Isle of Sheppey to the west.

Curtis Wood Park, Herne Bay
Green Flag Award

Herne Bay, CT6 7TY,

Curtis Wood Park is an informal area of protected open space situated on the outskirts of Herne. The site provides local residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a variety of semi-natural habitats in a relaxed and pleasant setting.

Hambrook Marshes, Canterbury

Canterbury, CT2 8NL,

Hambrook Marshes is set in the floodplain of the Great Stour in Wincheap, Canterbury. Offering opportunities for walking, cycling and birdwatching, the marshes are a place for the whole community.


Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, CT4 7LS, Tel: 01622 662012,

Decidious woodland, conifer and sweet chestnut plantation, as well as bog and heath.

Blean Woods National Nature Reserve

Rough Common, Blean, Canterbury, CT2 9DD,

The Blean Woods National Nature Reserve is a wonderful place for quiet walks in beautiful ancient woodland.

Stodmarsh Reserve © Emma Griffith, Natural England

Stodmarsh, Canterbury, CT3 4BP,

Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve is a unique and beautiful area of wetland, internationally recognised as an important home to a rich variety of wildlife, especially birds. Image Stodmarsh Reserve © Emma Griffiths, Natural England


Whitstable, CT5 3ER,

Clowes Wood is an area of mixed woodland between Canterbury and Whitstable. It has lots of tracks and trails and is well used by walkers, families and cyclists.

Duncan Down Village Green
Green Flag Award

Whitstable, CT5 4FJ,

Duncan Down Village Green is the largest open space in Whitstable. Originally earmarked for housing in the 1930s, the land is now protected as a Village Green, providing opportunities for local people to relax and enjoy wildlife.

Grove Ferry Picnic Site, Canterbury

Grove Road, Upstreet, Canterbury, CT3 4BP,

Grove Ferry Picnic Site is an ideal spot to watch the boats drift by and enjoy the wildlife on the river.


Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, CT4 7LS, Tel: 01622 662012,

Bigbury camp is a pre-Roman Iron Age hillfort in Howfield Wood. There is some evidence that Bigbury is the site of a battle recorded by Julius Caesar during his first visit to England in 55BC.

Reculver Country Park and Towers
Green Tourism Silver AwardGreen Flag AwardTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Reculver Lane, Reculver, Herne Bay, CT6 6SS, Tel: 01227 740676,

Reculver Country Park and Towers is a unique place, combining undeveloped coast, historic buildings and wildlife interest.

Whitehall Meadows and Bingley Island

Canterbury, CT2 8NL,

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.

Herne Bay Central Beach
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Western Esplanade to Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 8RG, Tel: 01227 862162,

A popular bathing area for families with amusements and amenities nearby, and quaint and colourful beach huts to the western end of the seafront between Herne Bay pier and Hampton pier. Seaside Award 2016.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
Whitstable Alley Ways © Peter Fry

Whitstable, CT5 1BX, Tel: 01227 862162

The historic side of Whitstable is still very much present today via its network of alleyways which were an ideal escape routes for smugglers in the late 1700s. Most notable is Squeeze Gut Alley.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (2 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
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