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A taste of the Garden of England- Grove Ferry

Circular Walks along the Saxon Shore Way

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Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 5.5 miles
Duration: Unknown
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Overview :  The Grove Ferry Inn, and its adjoining picnic park is an ideal starting point for both the circular walk through East and West... more »

Tips:  Distance: 5.9 miles (9.4km)
Time: Allow 2 hours 30 minutes
Terrain: field, orchard paths and some roadway
Stiles: 0
Refreshments and... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The Grove Ferry Inn

The Grove Ferry Inn and its adjoining picnic site is an ideal starting point for both the circular walk through East and West Starmouth and the linear walk to Plucks Gutter. Today's fertile fields were once under water and a ferry was needed right into the 1500s to take travelers across the waters of the Wantsum Channel.

2. The Little Stour

During spring the peaceful banks of the Little Stour are lined with flowering hawthorn and cow parsley. The orchards nearby are famed for their early displays of blossom.
Wildlife, particularly birds, flourish in this area, which is set near Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve- more than 240 acres of wetlands and reed beds. Birdsong is bound to be ... More

Known for growing fruit and vegetables. Criss-crossed by drainage ditches and dykes surrounding small villages and historic farmhouses. The tracks across this marshland are very popular with people enjoying the open landscape with long views across the fields.

4. West Starmouth

The two villages on the circular route- East Starmouth and West Starmouth- are examples of the many small, attractive settlements to be discovered along these lanes. They retain a traditional rural atmosphere although they are just a few miles from the city of Canterbury and its historic cathedral.

5. All Saints' Church

Take the time to explore the church before heading back to the path. The church, which can claim Saxon origins, has a 17th century pulpit and a fine Royal Arms of George III.

6. The Dog and Duck public house

This walk to the Dog and Duck public is a popular choice; the walk has been developed to be suitable for off-road electric scooters.

7. Plucks Gutter

The Little Stour and the Great Stour join here at Plucks Gutter and flow off to the sea at Sandwich. Look out for the old ferry cottage. The hamlet is named after a Dutch drainage engineer, Ploeg, whose grave can be seen in All Saints' Church, West Stourmouth.