Dungeness RSPB easy access walk

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  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Suitable for small children
  • Suitable for dogs

Explore the unique shingle landscape of Dungeness on this easy access walk which is suitable for both wheelchairs and pushchairs.  Most of the walk comprises of hard flat pathways with smaller sections of short grass.

You’ll head out from the visitors centre at Dungeness Nature Reserve where you can begin with a nice cup of tea and cake or bring your own picnic to enjoy at the picnic site.  The nature reserve comprising of a vast shingle landscape is designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC.) It is a great place to see migratory birds in spring and winter and stretches right across the Dungeness landscape.

The shingle of Dungeness is home to some of the rarest flora and fauna as well as 1550 species of invertebrates, some not found anywhere else.  The medical leech and great crested newt can also be found on the shore line.

Making the most of your walk

This walk is a birdwatchers paradise and features a number of named bird hides giving you uninterrupted access to migrating birds that are found frequently along the coastline – don’t forget your binoculars!  The reserve is a highly appointed RSPB site and you are sure not to leave disappointed with the range of birdlife that you will find here.

This walk is suited to a great family trip out or to if you’re new to walking and looking for an interesting new route to try.



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Step by step guide

  • Start: Take the pathway from the visitor centre to find the picnic area on your left.
  • Continue along the main path passing Firth Hide and Make Piece Hide to reach Scott Hide.
  • Turn left to enter Scott Hide or continue ahead through the small wooden gate. Go past the entrance to the right which leads to Christmas Dell Hide and continue for some time to reach the gate.
  • At the gate turn right. You may explore Denge Marsh Hide at this point or turn right and continue to take the second turning on the left. This path forks off the main path to reach a wooden gate.
  • Turn right through the wooden gate and follow the signs back to the visitor centre crossing the boardwalk.