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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.
Pier Avenue, Herne Bay, CT6 8PD
Herne Bay Pier was originally the second longest pier in the country, extending 1147m into the sea to receive visiting passenger steamers. Today the pier is now open to visitors as a leisure and events space.
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, 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.
Tankerton, Whitstable, CT5 2BD, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast
As you walk along the Whitstable front you will come to grassy banks that gently slope down to the beach, characterised by pretty wooden beach huts and an established sailing club. Blue Flag Award 2016.
Western Esplanade to Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 8RG, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast
A popular bathing area for families with amusements and amenities nearby, and quaint and colourful beach huts to the western end of the seafront between Herne Bay pier and Hampton pier. Seaside Award 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Marine Parade, Whitstable, CT5 2BQ, explorekent.org/activities/tankerton-slopes
Tankerton Slopes, just outside Whitstable, is an area of common land between the town and the seashore. It has brightly coloured beach huts and steep paths that lead down to the beach.