Larkey Valley Wood


Larkey Valley Wood

A protected ancient woodland overlooking the Stour Valley, with excellent woodland flora and varied bird populations.

Key habitats:

Ancient woodland


Canterbury City Council


45 ha


Site of Special Scientific Interest, Local Nature Reserve

Facilities available at this site

  • Parking
  • 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.


By car

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.

By train

Nearest rail station – Chartham (1.75 miles), Canterbury East (2.5  miles)

By bus

Route numbers 1 and 1A from Canterbury pass close to the site.

By bike

A local cycle route passes by the site


Transport Links to this site

  • Bike
  • Train
  • Bus

Larkey Valley Wood Photo Gallery

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