Fordwich to Reed Pond walk

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Fordwich was once a busy port serving Canterbury, when the River Stour was tidal. The stone used to build Canterbury Cathedral from Caen, in France, was unloaded here.

Today, it is said to be the smallest town in Britain and the town hall, which was first built in the reign of Henry VIII, is often open to the public.

The walk passes through land which is maintained and conserved by the Ministry of Defence. Nearby Chaucer Barracks is home to the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

The highly attractive Reed Pond, with its wealth of wildlife, is the focal point of the walk. The pond once supplied the monks of Canterbury with water.

The path is well-compacted and smooth but with some stony parts. It climbs gradually from the woodland up to the pond with occasional flat surfaces. There are no seats on the trail.

This walk is one Explore Kent’s Easy Access walks.

Easy access means that the route is suitable for pushchairs and all wheelchairs.

Easy Access walks are free of stiles and obstructions. They generally have a hard, compact surface although some walks may use grassy surfaces, which can become muddy in winter months.

Click on the “Start & end” button on the map below to find the location of the walk.

Walking route information





4.0 km


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