Blean Woods Walks
Enjoy miles of cycling and walking paths in the ancient woodland of Blean Woods near Canterbury. The site is one of the most extensive areas of broadleaf woodland in Britain and home to a wide variety of wildlife. There's miles of waymarked trails to try with birds such as Nightjar and Woodcock to look out for on the way.
To continue your walking in the area you can head south and try our Canterbury Rivers and Woods Walk which takes you through the orchards and woodland surrounding Canterbury. The Stour Valley Walk and North Downs Way long distance trails also pass just to the south of the woods.
PostcodeCT6 7AB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Blean Woods National Nature Reserve Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Blean Woods National Nature Reserve Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Blean Woods National Nature Reserve OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Blean Woods National Nature Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
On the eastern side of the woods there's The Hare at Blean. They serve delicious freshly cooked pizzas and have a large garden area to sit out in. You can find them at postcode CT2 9EF.
The expansive woods are ideal for dog walking. You will probably meet other owners on your visit. The Hare pub mentioned about is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
In Canterbury you could pick up the Elham Valley Way and follow the waymarked footpath south to explore the worthy village of Barham with its 14th century church and Grade I listed 17th century Broome Park.
Just east of Canterbury you can visit the Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve which boasts the largest reedbeeds in the South East of England. This area also includes the lovely Grove Ferry Walk which starts at the eastern end of the reserve. There's a car park, picnic area, boat trips and a fine riverside pub here. At the western end of the reserve you'll also find the Westbere Marshes and the noteworthy town of Fordwich. Fordwich is notable as Britain's smallest town and also has a great pub with a dining terrace overlooking the Stour.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Walks and the Kent Downs Walks pages.