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The site provides both local residents and visitors the opportunity to explore an area of natural beauty without going outside the city walls. During the summer months the marshes bloom into a beautiful wild flower and hay meadow, celebrated every year with the annual Haymaking Festival, where the hay is cut by the traditional method of scything. Hambrook is the perfect location for a family picnic.
There is always a host of wildlife to study throughout the year at Hambrook and our carefully managed reed and willow beds attract a variety of rare species including winter wading birds such as Snipe, reptiles, plants and insects. We also have a large number of Snakes Head Fritillary beds which bloom mid-spring. This beautiful wild flower is now a rare sight in Britain and can be easily identified by its deep purple, checked pattern flowers. The ponds and hay meadows also attract a variety of wildlife and during certain times of the year highland cattle can also be seen grazing on site.
Running alongside the Hambrook site is the Great Stour Way, Canterbury to Chartham Cycle Path, which offers a beautiful ride through some of Canterbury's most picturesque areas. Walking along the shared use footpath towards the city centre will lead you to the Westgate Gardens.
Hambrook Marshes are easily accessible by foot from the Riverside Retail Park, Wincheap and from the Westgate Towers, Canterbury along the cycle route.
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For Special Events and Volunteering:
From St Dunstan's Street in Canterbury, turn into Linden Grove. Follow the road through a couple of bends. Turn right into Whitehall Bridge Road. Turn left into Whitehall Close. Follow the road under Rheims Way bridge and continue for one mile. Hambrook Marsh's gates are on the left, just before the railway junction. Alternatively parking is available at Toddlers Cove off Whitehall Close.
By Foot - coming from Toddler's Cover car park:
Enter Toddler's Cove car park on Whitehall Road, from Westgate Gardens, or via the foot bridge from Rheims Way. Locate the path that runs parallel to the river and follow it away from Canterbury city centre for about half a mile. After the railway arches take your first right and continue on the path over the broadwalk. Follow the path through a gap in the old railway embankment and the meeting point for volunteer groups is on the right.
By Foot - coming from Wincheap Park and Ride, Morrisons:
From Staples car park in Wincheap Park and Ride, follow the path to the left of the building. Follow it past the allotments and over the footbridge into Hambrook Marshes. Continue forward on the gravel path, over another footbridge and the meeting point is on the right.
: 2 miles from Canterbury West station