Larkey Valley Wood LNR
Designated site name: Larkey Valley Wood LNR   View map
LNR Type: Rural Type:  
County: KENT Natural England Area Team: Sussex and Kent (LNR)
Other overlapping designations: Larkey Valley Wood SSSI
Date of Declaration: 01/01/1989 Declaring Authority: Canterbury City Council
Area (Ha): 44.36 Grid Reference: TR 125 553
Owned By:  Canterbury City Council Managed By:  Canterbury City Council in partnership with Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership
Location: Cockering Road Canterbury. CT4
How to get there: Please check how to get to the LNR e.g. Using Traveline Traveline website or phone 0871 200 22 33 (chargeable call)

Larkey Valley Wood is located less than 4 km from the centre of Canterbury.
From the A28 Ashford Road/Thanington Road join Stranger's Lane opposite St Nicholas' Church. At the end of Stranger's Lane turn right along the Cockering Road for 0.7mile (1.14km) until you reach the woodland car park situated to the left of the road
Train: Chartham station

Visitor facilities: We advise you to check information about the current visitor facilities before you go to the LNR e.g. through the local authority or managing body's website.

What to see: Larkey Valley wood lies on the hillside above the Stour Valley, part in Thanington Without and part in Chartham. The 107 acres (43 hectares) of woodland are what remains of a much larger forest and most of this site has been continuously covered with woodland since mediaeval times or longer, and is described as Ancient Woodland.
The wood has spectacular displays of wildflowers from March to May, including many species of orchid. Regular monitoring of the wood has shown that this is one of the best in the country for dormice.

Volunteer and 'Friends': For information about volunteering and 'Friends' groups, please contact the manager and see teh local authority or managing body's website.
Contact the local authority or owner of the LNR for further information - e.g. through the Local authority website.

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    Photo credit: Canterbury City Council

    Photo credit: Canterbury City Council

    Photo credit: Canterbury City Council