Grove Ferry - Stodmarsh - Wickhambreaux - Grove Ferry

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Pick a summer's day or a crisp autumnal one and set off for a long but easy stroll through the Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve. Have your binoculars and the Collins Book of Birds at the ready as you'll never know what you might see. Take time to wander off and explore the hides on the route. If you've saved yourself for the pub in Stodmarsh, you’re in for a treat. It's renowned for its summer barbecues and 'wholesome bar menus'. For such a small village, it can get surprisingly busy, so be prepared for a crush. Once through 'blink and you'll miss it' Stodmarsh, you turn and head through 'the garden of England' towards Wickhambreaux, via a working fruit farm. Then you'll follow the Little Stour (nice picnic spot at Seaton next to the river) all the way back to Grove Ferry.

The only word of warning is that towards the end of the walk it is rather overgrown with nettles, but you can drop off from the river path to walk through the fields.

England - South England - Kent - River Walk


Birds, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Pub, Restaurant, River, Wildlife, Woodland
10/29/2014 - Polly Bates

Have done this walk before, however, today when we start the walk the footpath was closed from Grove Ferry to the Hide. This is due to work on the flood defences. There was no indication when the work would be finished or when the footpath will reopen.

12/5/2011 - Trevor Stokes

A very good walk....only could have been made better if the ground was not so wet underfoot, but at least the pooch enjoyed it. Wee bit concerned about the downloaded route, it seems to be all straight lines, and not as the paths and tracks allow ?. Just the one stile that I had to lift the dog over.

1/28/2006 - Bruce and Ann Lowrie

An excellent walk, very good directions. Good views and an opportunity to bird watch. A bit muddy near the river but what can you expect on a Jan. day! Would recommend it at any time of year. Ann & Bruce Lowrie

5/5/2005 - james bates

A super walk. A stop at the Red Lion is a must - an absolute delight. The homeward stretch provides the opportunity of some lovely views over lakes and marshes. A most enjoyable experience.