Get back to nature
Visit this ideal spot to watch the boats drift by and enjoy the wildlife on the river.

Park summary

Fishing rights were granted during the reign of King Henry II.

The Grove Ferry Boat Club was founded in 1964.

The area took its name from a hand drawn ferry that crossed the River Stour. The local pub, built in 1831 also takes the name The Grove Ferry Inn.

The nearby Grove Ferry Bridge was renovated by Kent County Council in September 2000. This is close to the railway level crossing, the site of a former dismantled railway station.

Grove Ferry Picnic country park map (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Grove Road
Upstreet
Canterbury
Kent
CT3 4BP

Telephone: 03000 420993

Email: kentcountryparks@kent.gov.uk

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Pay and display:

  • Monday to Friday: £1.30
  • Weekends and bank holidays: £2

Free parking for season ticket holders.

Blue Badge holders may apply for concessionary parking online, or by calling 03000 41 72 72.

All users, including Blue Badge holders, must pay & display or have a valid season ticket.

There are two car parking areas at Grove Ferry with hard standing parking:

  • 1 immediately opposite the main site entrance
  • 1 as you drive in through the main gates of the picnic site.

Opens: 9am

Closes: dusk or 9pm (whichever is earlier)

Closed on Christmas Day.

The area took its name from a hand drawn ferry that crossed the River Stour. The local pub, built in 1831 also takes the name The Grove Ferry Inn. The near-by Grove Ferry Bridge was renovated by Kent County Council in September 2000. This is close to the railway level crossing, the site of a former dismantled railway station.

Fishing rights were granted during the reign of King Henry II and are still available along the riverbank today from Canterbury and District Angling Association

Grove Ferry Boat Club, founded in 1964, whose club house is on the site, is home to recreation boats for enthusiasts and members.

Since the opening of the site, it has been managed for public recreation and is still a popular site, particularly during the summer months, for family picnics and barbeques.

This park is managed by the Kent County Council Kent Country Parks team. Contact the Kent Country Parks team.

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Facilities

There are no facilities to purchase food and drink on site but the picnic site is next to the very popular Grove Ferry Inn.

There is a picnic area at the park.

Barbeques are allowed.

Walks

The park is flat with grass pathways. This may not be suitable for wheelchairs.

Grove Ferry Picnic country park map (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Find local walks on the Explore Kent website

Dog walking

Please clear up after your dog and put waste in the bins provided.

There is a lovely play area suitable for ages 3 and above.

During the summer months you can take a pleasant boat trip on the River Stour from the Grove Ferry Inn. Visit Grove Ferry River Trips for more information.

Canoewild operate the hire of canoes.

Fishing is available on site by contacting Canterbury and District Angling Association on 01227 710830.

Toilet facilities are available during site opening times.

There is 1 separate unisex disabled toilet which is accessible with a radar key via a ramp.

Geocaching

Find out more about geocaching, sign up to create an account and find geocaches at the park.

Accessibility

Read our accessibility information for Grove Ferry Picnic Site (PDF, 19.8 KB).

Flying drones

Flying drones is not permitted at country park sites. This is to keep the public safe (walkers, cyclists, horse riders) and to avoid significant disturbance to wildlife and ground nesting birds.

Please do not fly drones under any circumstance.