Fordwich Village to Reed Pond
This popular walk is one of our Walks For All series, passing
through pleasant countryside and woodland from the village of
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 stones of up to
40mm in the final approach to Reed Pond. It climbs gradually from
the woodland up to the pond with occasional flat surfaces. There
are no seats.
How to get there
Postcode starting point: CT2 0BX
Car: Access from A28 (Sturry) or A257. Park
near the George & Dragon pub, by bridge over the Great Stour.
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Rail: Sturry Station - 10 minute walk
Bus to Sturrey: 4/ 4A/ 4X/ 6/ 6A/ 6X
(Canterbury to Whitstable to Herne Bay} Mon - Sat, 6
buses an hour in each direction. Sun 2 or 4 buses an hour in each
8/ 8A/ 8X (Canterbury to
Margate/Broadstairs) Mon - Sat every 15 minutes (8/ 8A), Sun every
30 minutes (8/ 8X).
9 (Canterbury to Ramsgate/Westwood)
Mon - Sat 8, 9 or 10 journeys
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please call 03000 41 71 71 or use the online
reporting tool. You can then choose to receive regular updates
about the progress of your report.