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Whitstable Beach © Tim Stubbings

Whitstable, CT5 1BU, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast(5 miles, 8 km)

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
 
 
 

Whitstable, CT5 3ER, explorekent.org/activities/clowes-wood/(2 miles, 3 km)

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.

 
 
Curtis Wood Park, Herne Bay
Green Flag Award

Herne Bay, CT6 7TY, explorekent.org/activities/curtis-wood-park/(4 miles, 7 km)

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.

 
 
 
Blean Woods National Nature Reserve

Rough Common, Blean, Canterbury, CT2 9DD, www.theblean.co.uk/(1 miles, 2 km)

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

 
 
 
Duncan Down Village Green
Green Flag Award

Whitstable, CT5 4FJ, explorekent.org/activities/duncan-down/(4 miles, 6 km)

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.

 
 
 
Whitehall Meadows and Bingley Island

Canterbury, CT2 8NL, explorekent.org/activities/whitehall-meadows-and-bingley-island/(2 miles, 2 km)

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.

 
 
 
Larkey Valley Wood, Canterbury

Canterbury, CT4 7PQ, explorekent.org/activities/larkey-valley-wood-local-nature-reserve/(3 miles, 5 km)

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

 
 
 
Tankerton Slopes © Tim Stubbings
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Marine Parade, Whitstable, CT5 2BQ, explorekent.org/activities/tankerton-slopes(5 miles, 8 km)

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
 
 
 
Hambrook Marshes, Canterbury

Canterbury, CT2 8NL, explorekent.org/activities/hambrook-marshes/(2 miles, 3 km)

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.

 
 
 
Whitstable Alley Ways © Peter Fry

Whitstable, CT5 1BX, Tel: 01227 862162(5 miles, 8 km)

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
 
 
 

Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, CT4 7LS, Tel: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/bigbury-camp(2 miles, 3 km)

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.

 
 

Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, CT4 7LS, Tel: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/south-blean(3 miles, 6 km)

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

 
 
Whitstable Harbour
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Whitstable, CT5 1AB, www.whitstableharbour.org(5 miles, 8 km)

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
 
 
 
Victory Woods
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Yorkletts, Whitstable, CT2 9JX, www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/5571/victory-wood/(4 miles, 6 km)

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
 
 
 

Herne Bay, CT5 2NH, explorekent.org/activities/long-rock/(5 miles, 8 km)

Long Rock is an area of coastal open ground between Herne Bay and Whitstable. Windswept, and with big empty skies, it is a good place for a walk to blow away the cobwebs.

 
 
 
Tankerton Beach, Whitstable
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Tankerton, Whitstable, CT5 2BD, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast(5 miles, 8 km)

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 2016.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (4 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
 
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