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Set in 14 acres with walled garden, arboretums, woodland and formal area. Awarded 2 stars in The Good Garden Guide. Visit our tearoom for delicious homemade cakes and light lunches made with garden produce.
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.
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.
Whitstable, CT5 4FJ, explorekent.org/activities/duncan-down/
Duncan Down 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.
Grove Road, Upstreet, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, explorekent.org/activities/grove-ferry-picnic-site/
Grove Ferry Picnic Site is an ideal spot to watch the boats drift by and enjoy the wildlife on the river.
Stour Street, Canterbury, CT1 2NQ, www.eastbridgehospital.org.uk/
Almost in the centre of Canterbury and behind Eastbridge Hospital is a surprisingly serene garden setting where can be found the Greyfriars Chapel.
Off Mill Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2BZ
Located next to the Stour, this very small walled garden is paved with natural stone and it provides a quiet space with seating.
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.
Kings Road, Herne Bay, CT6 5RB, explorekent.org/activities/herne-bay-memorial-park/
Herne Bay Memorial Park was originally conceived as a memorial to those that lost their lives in the First World War.
Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JP
Facing Telford Terrace is a quaisi Victorian sunken garden, erected to celebrate the twinning of Waltrop and Herne Bay.
Rough Common, Blean, Canterbury, CT2 9DD, www.theblean.co.uk/
The Blean Woods National Nature Reserve is a wonderful place for quiet walks in beautiful ancient woodland.
Westgate Grove, Canterbury, CT1 2DB
The Westgate Gardens can be found close to the City centre, just next to the Westgate Towers. The eleven acres of public gardens provide an ideal setting for a gentle stroll along the banks of the River Stour.
Herne Bay, CT6 6JP, explorekent.org/activities/beacon-hill-herne-bay/
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.
Watling Street, Canterbury, CT1 2QX, Tel: 01227 862162, explorekent.org/activities/dane-john-gardens/
The city walls and an avenue of lime trees provide Dane John Gardens with a sense of enclosure and escape from the busy road and bustling shopping centre just a few yards away.
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/whitehall-meadows-and-bingley-island/
Whitehall Meadows and Bingley Island is low lying grassland next to the River Stour on the outskirts of Canterbury. Linked to the city centre park, Westgate Gardens, the area dates back to the Domesday period.