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Walking Route

The Blean Ancient Woodland, Canterbury

The Blean Ancient Woodland, Canterbury


The walk starts and finishes in ancient oak and chestnut woods, crossing the Sarre Penn stream into the open countryside of the Broad Oak Valley.

The walk has some soft surface, gentle gradients and footbridges. The Blean is on heavy clay so can get very muddy when wet - boots are recommended. Please note that dogs must be kept under close control at all times. The public footpaths should remain as published but please be aware that The Blean is a working landscape and features change from time to time.

Total Distance: 5.5km (3.4 miles).

Start Point
The Ivy House Pub, Hackington Road, Tyler Hill, CT2 9NE.

By bus
Canterbury to Whitstable No 5 visit or telephone 0871 200 2233

By car
There is a car park behind the Ivy House on Calais Hill/Tyler Hill Rd, next to the telephone box (turn down Link Road at the pub). From the car park take the tarmac footpath next to the Ivy House Pub.

OS map Explorer 150 Canterbury & the Isle of Thanet.

Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours walking time

Miles: 4

Dogs accepted



See location of The Blean Woods on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TR 084603  Lat: 51.30453 Long: 0.98841

The Blean has a number of free car parks.


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