Grove Ferry

Introduction

Grove Ferry

This attractive site alongside the River Great Stour offers visitors a lot more than just a picnic area. It’s an ideal place to take a riverside stroll, play games or go fishing. 

Key habitats:
River, meadows

Ownership/management:
Kent County Council

Size:
3 ha

 

Facilities available at this site

  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Cafe
  • Disabled Access
  • Interpretation Panels

About the Site

This attractive site alongside the River Great Stour offers visitors a lot more than just a picnic area. It’s an ideal place to take a riverside stroll, play games or go fishing. Boat trips along the river depart from the nearby Grove Ferry Inn (contact the pub for details). Three recreational trails – the Stour Valley Walk, the Saxon Shore Way and the Wantsum Walks all pass through the site, making this an ideal starting point for exploring the surrounding countryside. The flat terrain also makes this an ideal area for cycling. Just across the road is Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve – an internationally important wetland. Grove Ferry also has some value for wildlife – its meadows are managed to encourage wild flowers and insects.

Visiting

By car

Take the A28 from Canterbury towards Margate. After Upstreet village, turn right, signposted Grove Ferry. Cross the railway and turn left after the pub – the picnic area car park is to the right.

By bus

Route numbers 7, 8, 8A and 9 run along the A28 close to Grove Ferry – get off at Grove Ferry Hill and take the turning signposted for the picnic site.

By bike

National Cycle Route 1 passes close to the site

Transport Links to this site

  • Bike
  • Bus

Grove Ferry Photo Gallery

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