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“Please note that, despite some very slight changes in lockdown restrictions, the COVID-19 situation continues. In the interests of the protection and comfort of both the public and staff, the country park at Samphire Hoe, Dover, will remain closed for the time being. We will re-open as soon as measures to keep everyone safe can be put in place.”


Samphire Hoe is currently closed

Samphire Hoe

Samphire Hoe is an amazing place, made from the material dug to create the Channel Tunnel. There is something for everybody: a stunning location, wild flowers, birds, sea angling, peace and quiet, picnics, painting or walks.

The site is accessible for all people, providing gentle and interesting walks - the further you get from the car park the more wild the site becomes.  Guided walks and other activities are organised regularly.  Check the "Events" section on their website for more information (see below).

With over a mile of sea wall, there is always plenty of room for sea angling.  Day and season tickets are available.  Contact the Hoe on 01304 226650 for further detials.

For more information about Samphire Hoe and their organised events, please go to their website


School Visit to the Hoe
"Helping the Hoe"

Green Flag for Samphire Hoe

Samphire Hoe has been awarded a Green Flag for thirteen years in a row.  This scheme is the national standard for parks and open spaces in England and Wales.  Success has been achieved through the help of 15 volunteer rangers at Samphire Hoe who offer vistiors a warm welcome every day throughout the year.  If you would like to join this merry band of rangers, contact Paul Holt or Steve Walker on (01304) 225649. 


Green Flag for Samphire Hoe

Autumn Gentian found at the Hoe

Another species of plant has been found at Samphire Hoe, the Autumn Gentian. This classic plant of chalk grassland is one of the delights of autumn, flowering in late August and September.  What will be the next addition to the biodiveristy of the Hoe?


Autumn Gentian

Wildlife Biodiversity

A rich biodiversity of wildlife is supported by Samphire Hoe including:

Over 200 plant species, the result of natural colonisation of the 31 original species sown onto the site

More than 5,000 early spider orchids counted in 2017, after a record of 11,500 in 2012, compared with the 67 first recorded back in 1998

43 sheep and 6 cows currently graze on the Samphire Hoe meadows.

30 butterfly species

About 170 species of moth, including 5 featured in the Biodiversity Action Plan

13 species of dragonflies and damselflies

123 species of birds were recorded in 2017. 23 species held territory in the recording area.

For more information about the wildlife of Hoe or how to become involved in caring for the site, please call Paul Holt or Steve Walker on (01304) 225649.


Kestrels nesting at the Hoe