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Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve

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Such a lovely day trip out

Amazing nature reserve. The other half and I walked for around 4 hours easily. Such a lovely... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2018
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Amazing natural beauty.

Amazing natural area so close to home. Miles of trails to walk along and multiple spots to stop and... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2018
Margate, United Kingdom
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“bird watching”(6 reviews)
“marsh harrier”(4 reviews)
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Stodmarsh Road | Canterbury, Stodmarsh, England
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Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

Amazing nature reserve. The other half and I walked for around 4 hours easily. Such a lovely peaceful place to go clear your head and enjoy the beauty of nature. You can't hear traffic and only occasionally can you hear passing trains. There are plenty...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

Amazing natural area so close to home. Miles of trails to walk along and multiple spots to stop and view a variety of birds. Vast lakes undisturbed by humans which is great to see. Will definitely be returning soon.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 September 2018

After some difficult we found this near where we were staying. Some lovely walking with birdwatching and seeing wildlife. Well worth looking up. Ways in in Stidmarsh, near the pub. Also by the Grove Ferry pub at the other end of the reserve. Good bird...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bazzer1949
Reviewed 24 August 2018

An enjoyable excursion from Canterbury, and easy to access. Clearly very popular with bird watchers, but it's an enjoyable walk for everyone, and very peaceful I took the bus to Upstreet (lots of routes go here, 8, 8A, 8X and 9 from memory) which is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MikeC1629
Reviewed 3 August 2018

This place is a hidden gem. Literally ! It sits in a valley that is remote except that it's not. Canterbury is only 6 miles away. The walks through the reserve vary in length. We took the 3 mile walk that borders the river Stour...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Peter S
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Visited on one of the hottest days of the year, mid-week, and (animals aside) almost seemed to have the place to myself. I saw only two other people whilst I was there (for around 6 hours). Don't expect lots of facilities, although there are toilets...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank AndyBeerdrinker
Reviewed 15 July 2018

A great place to visit at any time of the year. Great for Marsh Harriers, Grebe, Moorhen and Coot and so much more. On my first visit a Bearded Reedling was the highlight - beautiful birds.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank CarolineM4590
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Beautiful walk in wonderful weather Well maintained & looked after Enjoyed the walk around the reserve and spotting the wildlife 😊

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank amyjQ6127EZ
Reviewed 16 June 2018

Tried to visit this nature reserve recently and couldnt find it .Drove into someone front garden\farm .Ended up surrounded by a million sheep. Took 20 mins to get back out.Gave up and went home.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Georgia-Lisa
Reviewed 4 May 2018

This was our first visit to this well managed nature reserve and had a thoroughly enjoyable walk from the Stodmarsh carpark to Grove Ferry.

Date of experience: April 2018
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24 April 2017|
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Response from Christian S | Reviewed this property |
Hello, In fact there are two car parks you can use. The one in Stodmarsh itself, which is the nearest one to the lakes. But you can also use the car park at the Grove Fery Inn, near the Grove Ferry Picnic site at Upstreet... More
21 August 2016|
Response from Newfly |
Just found the answer myself...thanks