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Parks and Gardens in the Canterbury district

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Goodnestone Park Gardens
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Goodnestone, Wingham, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1PL, Tel: 01304 840107, Email, www.goodnestoneparkgardens.co.uk/

Considered to be one of the best gardens in the South East. 14 acres including woodland area and walled garden. Fine trees, large collection of roses and herbaceous plants. Connections with Jane Austen who frequently visited.

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  • Rail station: Adisham (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faversham
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Staple Street, Hernhill, Faversham, ME13 9TX, Tel: 01227 751496, Email, www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk

Mount Ephraim Gardens have plenty to offer and delight visitors. Unwind in these ten acres of gardens, set in the heart of an 800 acre estate with magnificent views over the Swale Estuary.

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  • Rail station: Faversham (4 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Blean Woods National Nature Reserve

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.

 
 
 
Stodmarsh Reserve © Emma Griffith, Natural England

Stodmarsh, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, www.gov.uk/government/publications/kents-national-nature-reserves/kents-national-nature-reserves#stodmarsh

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

 
 
 

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. There is some evidence that Bigbury is the site of a battle recorded by Julius Caesar during his first visit to England in 55BC.

 
 
Larkey Valley Wood, Canterbury

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.

 
 
 
Herne Bay Memorial Park
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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.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 

Off Mill Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2BZ

Located next to the River Stour, this very small walled garden is paved with natural stone and it provides a quiet space with seating. The planting is designed to attract bees and butterflies in the centre of the city.

 
 
 
Dane John Gardens, Canterbury
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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.

 
 
 

Whitstable, CT5 3ER, explorekent.org/activities/clowes-wood/

Clowes Wood is an area of mixed woodland between Canterbury and Whitstable. It has lots of tracks and trails and is well used by walkers, families and cyclists.

 
 

Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, CT4 7LS, Tel: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/south-blean

Decidious woodland, conifer and sweet chestnut plantation, as well as bog and heath.

 
 
Beacon Hill, Herne Bay © Explore Kent

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.

 
 
 
Grove Ferry Picnic Site, Canterbury

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.

 
 
 
Hambrook Marshes, Canterbury

Canterbury, CT2 8NL, explorekent.org/activities/hambrook-marshes/

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.

 
 
 
Victory Woods
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Yorkletts, Whitstable, CT2 9JX, www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/5571/victory-wood/

This is a place for a great walk set on the edge of the Blean Woodland area. See a wood with a difference! This is the Flagship Site, one of 33 woods plant around the UK, for the Trafalgar Woods Project to commemorate the 200th anniversary.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (3.5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Whitehall Meadows and Bingley Island

Canterbury, CT2 8NL, explorekent.org/activities/whitehall-meadows-and-bingley-island/

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.

 
 
 
Herne Bay Coastal Park

Herne Bay, CT6 8DR, hernebaycoastalpark.org/

Full of fun activities for everyone, Herne Bay’s Coastal Park features historical buildings, children’s play areas, a rich and diverse natural habitat for plants and wildlife.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Free entry
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
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