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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)
 
 
 
Herne Bay Pier
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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.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay Station (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
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.

 
 
Tankerton Beach, Whitstable
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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.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (4 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
Herne Bay Central Beach
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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.

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

 
 
 
Tankerton Slopes © Tim Stubbings
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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.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
 
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