GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Fordwich Walk

4 miles (6 km)

Fordwich is located just to the east of Canterbury and is notable as Britain's smallest town. It's a lovely place to start a walk with river paths and wildlife rich local nature reserves to explore.
This walk from the town visits the Westbere Marshes in the Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve. You can follow public footpaths east from Fordwich Bridge into the reserve. The marshes includes some pleasant footpaths along the Great Stour and around a series of pretty lakes. It's a great area for wildlife with Bittern and 17 species of dragon and damselflies including the rare Scarce Chaser.
You can extend the walk by heading east along the Stour Valley Walk to visit Grove Ferry where there's a popular picnic site and a Georgian riverside inn to visit. Heading west will take you into Canterbury where you can visit the famous cathedral and pick up the Canterbury Rivers and Woods Walk the Canterbury to Chartham Walk and the Canterbury to Dover Walk.


CT2 0DB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Fordwich OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Fordwich Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Back in the town you can enjoy a drink at The Fordwich Arms. On warmer days you can sit outside on the delightful dining terrace and garden with views over the river Stour. You can find them on King Street at postcode CT2 0DB for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the east is the worthy village of Wickhambreaux. Here you can enjoy a walk along the Little Stour, a tributary of the Great Stour. The village is also well worth exploring with its 13th-centuryparish church,clapboard mill with working water wheel and a medieval village green.


The bridge at Fordwich - - 1955527

The bridge at Fordwich

Great Stour at Fordwich - - 2211104

Great Stour at Fordwich

Westbere Marshes - - 2792108

Westbere Marshes

Danger deep water, Westbere Marshes - - 2794842

Danger deep water, Westbere Marshes

St. Mary's Church, Fordwich - - 2211108

St. Mary's Church,

Fordwich Town Hall (geograph 2902357)

Fordwich Town Hall

Boats on the River Stour, Fordwich - - 984579

Boats on the River Stour

Fordwich Arms - - 984568

Fordwich Arms


GPS Files

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