Samphire Hoe

Samphire Hoe Country Park was created at the foot of Shakespeare Cliff between Folkestone and Dover using chalk marl dug to create the Channel Tunnel. Opened in 1997 as a nature reserve and country park it is now a haven for wildlife and a centre for outdoor learning and events.

Habitats on site include chalk grassland, sea buckthorn scrub, ponds, rockpools and a pebble beach. Paths and a cycle route allow you to explore the site and a tea kiosk and indoor exhibition room with seating can be found near the car park.

The North Downs Way runs along the cliff top and links the site to Folkestone Warren Local Nature Reserve to the west.

We manage Samphire Hoe on behalf of Eurotunnel. For more information visit the Samphire Hoe website.

Things to look out for

Peregrine falcons, ravens, starlings, stonechats, dragonflies and damselflies, adders, early spider and common spotted orchids and harbour porpoise and seals off the coast.

Visitor Information

Open: 7am until dusk.

Parking: Pay & display car park on site (£2 all day).

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Disabled toilet on site.

Facilities: Toilets, baby changing facilities, picnic areas, exhibition room with indoor seating, refreshments available at Spindrift Café on site (please check opening times by calling 01304 226650).

Dogs: Welcome on leads.

Nearest bus stop: Primary School, Aycliffe (Route 61, 61a, 90)

Other information: Please be aware of grazing animals and stay on the paths at all times.


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