Browsing places to visit within 5 miles of West Blean and Thornden Woods


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
Tankerton Beach, Whitstable
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Tankerton, Whitstable, CT5 2BD, Tel: 01227 862162,

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
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.

Whitstable Harbour
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Whitstable, CT5 1AB,

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
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.

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.

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

Larkey Valley Wood, Canterbury

Canterbury, CT4 7PQ,

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


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.

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.

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.


Herne Bay, CT5 2NH,

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.

Herne Bay Central Beach
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

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
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
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.

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.

Whitstable Beach © Tim Stubbings

Whitstable, CT5 1BU, Tel: 01227 862162,

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
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