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Herne Bay Pier, Helter Skelter
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

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
 
 
 
Mount Ephraim House, 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
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
Westgate Parks, Canterbury
Green Flag Award

Canterbury, CT1 2FP, www.westgateparks.co.uk/

Come and explore a riverside landscape rich in wildlife and heritage!

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East/West (2 miles)
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Stodmarsh Nature Reserve

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

 
 
 
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.

 
 
 

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.

 
 
Curtis Wood Park, meadow
Green Flag Award

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.

 
 
 
Dane John Gardens © Tim Stubbings
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

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.

 
 
 
Waltrop Gardens, Herne Bay
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JP

Facing Telford Terrace is a quasi Victorian sunken garden, erected to celebrate the twinning of Waltrop and Herne Bay.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
Victory Wood, view to main ridge
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

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
 
 
 
Grove Ferry Picnic Site © Explore Kent

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.

 
 
 
© Adrian Bennett

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
 
 
 
Sailing at Whitstable Beach

Whitstable, CT5 1BU, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast

Whitstable beach is one of the very few in the country that has a pub on it. With its pebbles and groynes, this unspoilt shoreline will make you reminisce. Choose to swim, stroll or sit and enjoy the stunning sunsets on this popular beach.

 
 
 
Tankerton Beach, Whitstable
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

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 2017.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (4 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 

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.

 
 

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.

 
 
 
Westgate Gardens, Canterbury
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Westgate Grove, Canterbury, CT1 2DB, www.westgateparks.co.uk/

The Westgate Gardens can be found close to the City centre, just next to the West Gate Tower. The eleven acres of public gardens provide an ideal setting for a gentle stroll along the banks of the River Stour.

 
 
 
 
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