GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve

4 miles (6.5 km)

This delightful nature reserve near Canterbury boasts the largest reedbeeds in the South East of England. There are miles of well laid out footpaths taking you past the reedbeds, wet grazing meadows and lagoons where you will see a wide variety of wildlife. Look out for bearded reedlings, bitterns, marsh harriers, sandpipers, grebes, kingfishers and rare garganey ducks. You may also see water voles, weasels or even an otter. There are also several bird hides and an observation mound.
The Stour Valley Walk also runs through the reserve so you could follow this footpath along the River Great Stour towards Canterbury which lies a few miles to the west of Stodmarsh.
There's also the Grove Ferry Walk which starts at the eastern end of the reserve. Grove Ferry is a popular spot for starting walks in the area. You'll find 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.

Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Walks and the Kent Downs Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


View across the reedbeds at Stodmarsh - - 464541

View across the reedbeds at Stodmarsh

View to Stodmarsh Church along Stodmarsh Lane. - - 317610

View to Stodmarsh Church in the village

Konik Horses grazing at Stodmarsh - - 462369

Konik Horses grazing. The Konik horse is a direct descendant of the now extinct European horse, the Tarpan. Today, the modern Konik horses are settling into their new homes at Stod Marsh and Ham Fen in Kent. They're already proving to be a great boost for the ecology of the area. Koniks help to keep the land open and give plants, birds and insects the chance to settle in an area.

Looking SE across Stodmarsh nature reserve - - 462312

Looking SE across the nature reserve


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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