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Herne Bay Pier

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
 
 
 
Whitstable Alley Ways © Peter Fry

Whitstable, CT5 1BX, Tel: 01227 862162

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

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (2 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
Larkey Valley Wood, Canterbury

Cockering Road, Canterbury, CT4 7PQ

This beautiful ancient 45-hectare woodland has spectacular displays of wildflower including many species of orchid.

 
 
 
Herne Bay East Beach

Seafront, Herne Bay, CT6 8SS, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast

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
 
 
 
Whitstable Harbour

Whitstable, CT5 1AB, www.whitstableharbour.org

Whitstable Harbour's activities include fishing, commercial shipping, restaurants, café, shellfish and fish sales, sailing barge trips, wind farm operations storage facilities and beach hut rental.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Stodmarsh Reserve © Emma Griffith, Natural England

Stodmarsh, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, www.gov.uk/government/publications/kents-national-nature-reserves/kents-national-nature-reserves#stodmarsh

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

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  • Rail station: Sturry (3 miles)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Hambrook Marshes, Canterbury

Whitehall Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8NL

Set in the floodplan of the Great Stour just outside Canterbury, Hambrook Marshes is in an area of natural marshland located adjacent to the Riverside Retail Park in Wincheap.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury West (2 miles)
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Reculver Beach © English Heritage

Reculver, Herne Bay, CT6 6SU, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast

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 2015.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (3 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
Curtis Wood Park, Herne Bay
Green Flag Award

Canterbury Road, 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.

 
 
 
Grove Ferry Picnic Site, Canterbury

Grove Road, Upstreet, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, explorekent.org/activities/grove-ferry-picnic-site

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

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  • Rail station: Sturry (4 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Whitstable Beach © Tim Stubbings

Whitstable, CT5 1BU, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast

The beach is one of the very few in the country that has a pub on it. With its pebbles and groynes, this unspoilt shoreline will make you reminisce. Choose to swim, stroll or sit and enjoy the stunning sunsets on this popular beach.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (2 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
Reculver Country Park and Towers
Green Tourism Silver AwardGreen Flag Award

Reculver Lane, Reculver, Herne Bay, CT6 6SS, Tel: 01227 740676, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/reculver-visitor-centre-and-country-park

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

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (5 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (3 miles)
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Herne Bay Central Beach

Western Esplanade to Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 8RG, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast

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 2015.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
Tankerton Slopes © Tim Stubbings

Marine Parade, Whitstable, CT5 2BQ, explorekent.org/activities/tankerton-slopes

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
 
 
 
Victory Woods
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Yorkletts, Whitstable, CT2 9JX, www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/5571/victory-wood/

This is a place for a great walk set on the edge of the Blean Woodland area. See a wood with a difference! This is the Flagship Site, one of 33 woods plant around the UK, for the Trafalgar Woods Project to commemorate the 200th anniversary.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (3.5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Tankerton Beach, Whitstable

Tankerton, Whitstable, CT5 2BD, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast

As you walk along the Whitstable front you will come to grassy banks that gently slope down to the beach, characterised by pretty wooden beach huts and an established sailing club. Blue Flag Award 2015.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (4 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
Blean Woods National Nature Reserve

Rough Common, Blean, Canterbury, CT2 9DD, www.theblean.co.uk/

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

 
 
 
 
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