Larkey Valley Wood

Introduction

Larkey Valley Wood

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

Key habitats:

Ancient woodland

Ownership/Management:

Canterbury City Council

Size:

45 ha

Designations:

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.

Visiting

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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