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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.
Canterbury, CT2 8NL, explorekent.org/activities/whitehall-meadows-and-bingley-island/
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.
Whitstable, CT5 4FJ, explorekent.org/activities/duncan-down/
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.
Herne Bay, CT5 2NH, explorekent.org/activities/long-rock/
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.
Canterbury, CT2 8NL, explorekent.org/activities/hambrook-marshes/
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, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/bigbury-camp
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.
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.
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.
Herne Bay, CT6 7TY, explorekent.org/activities/curtis-wood-park/
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.
Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, CT4 7LS, Tel: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/south-blean
Decidious woodland, conifer and sweet chestnut plantation, as well as bog and heath.
Canterbury, CT4 7PQ, explorekent.org/activities/larkey-valley-wood-local-nature-reserve/
This beautiful ancient 45-hectare woodland has spectacular displays of wildflower including many species of orchid.
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 2016.
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 2016.
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
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 2016.
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.
Whitstable, CT5 3ER, explorekent.org/activities/clowes-wood/
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.
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.