Larkey Valley Wood
A protected ancient woodland overlooking the Stour Valley, with excellent woodland flora and varied bird populations.
Canterbury City Council
Site of Special Scientific Interest, Local Nature Reserve
Facilities available at this site
- Waymarked Trail
- Interpretation Panels
About the Site
The great storm that hit the south of England in October 1987 did widespread damage to woodlands across Kent. Larkey Valley Wood suffered more than most but, in common with other sites, has recovered well, demonstrating how powerful nature’s processes of regeneration can be. This ancient woodland’s wildlife is as rich as ever, including badgers, dormice, hawfinches, nightingales and wild flowers such as wood anemone and violets. Where beech woodland was lost in the storm, a natural mix of woodland is now regenerating, while other areas are managed by coppicing.
Take the A28 out of Canterbury, through Wincheap. After the A2 underpass, take the next left, St. Nicholas Road. At the end of the road turn right on to Cockering Road. Parking and main entrance can be found approximately half a mile along Cockering Road, on the left.
Nearest rail station – Chartham (1.75 miles), Canterbury East (2.5 miles)
Route numbers 1 and 1A from Canterbury pass close to the site.
A local cycle route passes by the site
Transport Links to this site
Larkey Valley Wood Photo Gallery
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