Grove Ferry Picnic Site

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

Park summary

  • About the park

    Grove Ferry Picnic Site is next to the River Stour and a good base for following the Stour Valley Walk, the Saxon Shore Way or the Wantsum Walks, and is adjacent to Stodmarsh National Reserve. There are also circular walks you can follow from the park.

    The boat club on the opposite river bank has lots of activity and the picnic site is a popular setting off point for canoeists.

    The play area is a hit with younger visitors and makes this site ideal for a family day out.

    Fishing is only permited by members of the Canterbury and District Angling Association.

  • Find us

    Grove Road
    CT3 4BP

    Telephone: 03000 420993


    Plan your journey using public transport on Traveline

  • Parking and season tickets

    Pay and display:

    • Monday to Friday: £1.20
    • Weekends and bank holidays: £2

    Free parking for season ticket holders.

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

    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.
  • Opening times

    Opens: 9am

    Closes: dusk or 9pm (whichever is earlier)

    Closed on Christmas Day.

  • History

    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.

  • Park management

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

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  • Eat and drink

    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.

  • Walk


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

    Find local walks on the Explore Kent website

    Dog walking

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

  • Play

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

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