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Hambrook Marshes



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Hambrook Marshes provides both local residents and visitors the opportunity to explore an area of natural beauty close to the city centre. During the summer months the marshes bloom into a beautiful wild flower and hay meadow.

There is always a host of wildlife to study throughout the year at Hambrook Marshes 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 Hambrook Marshes 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. For further information visit:


By car: From the A290 Whitstable Road through Canterbury, turn into Linden Grove. Take the first right, then bear left. Follow the road under an underpass. Park at Toddler’s Cove Car Park and walk along the river out of Canterbury.

By train: Canterbury West and Canterbury East Railway Stations are both nearby.

By bus: Routes 1, 1A and 667 from Canterbury through Wincheap pass closest to the site. Walk through the retail park and over the bridge to access the site.

By bike: National Cycle Route 18 goes through the site.