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Pier Avenue, Herne Bay, CT6 8PD(3 miles, 5 km)
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.
Whitstable, CT5 1BU, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast(5 miles, 7 km)
Whitstable 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.
Canterbury, CT2 8NL, explorekent.org/activities/hambrook-marshes/(5 miles, 8 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, CT5 4FJ, explorekent.org/activities/duncan-down/(4 miles, 7 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.
Marine Parade, Whitstable, CT5 2BQ, explorekent.org/activities/tankerton-slopes(4 miles, 7 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.
Whitstable, CT5 1AB, www.whitstableharbour.org(5 miles, 7 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.
Western Esplanade to Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 8RG, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast(3 miles, 5 km)
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.
Grove Road, Upstreet, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, explorekent.org/activities/grove-ferry-picnic-site(4 miles, 6 km)
Grove Ferry Picnic Site is an ideal spot to watch the boats drift by and enjoy the wildlife on the river.
Stodmarsh, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, www.gov.uk/government/publications/kents-national-nature-reserves/kents-national-nature-reserves#stodmarsh(3 miles, 6 km)
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, explorekent.org/activities/clowes-wood/(3 miles, 5 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.
Herne Bay, CT5 2NH, explorekent.org/activities/long-rock/(3 miles, 5 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.
Seafront, Herne Bay, CT6 8SS, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast(3 miles, 5 km)
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.
Rough Common, Blean, Canterbury, CT2 9DD, www.theblean.co.uk/(4 miles, 7 km)
The Blean Woods National Nature Reserve is a wonderful place for quiet walks in beautiful ancient woodland.
Tankerton, Whitstable, CT5 2BD, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast(4 miles, 6 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.
Reculver, Herne Bay, CT6 6SU, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast(5 miles, 7 km)
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.
Reculver Lane, Reculver, Herne Bay, CT6 6SS(5 miles, 8 km)
Reculver Country Park and Towers is a unique place, combining undeveloped coast, historic buildings and wildlife interest.
Canterbury, CT2 8NL, explorekent.org/activities/whitehall-meadows-and-bingley-island/(4 miles, 7 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.
Herne Bay, CT6 6JP, explorekent.org/activities/beacon-hill-herne-bay/(3 miles, 5 km)
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.