Pegwell Bay forms part of the Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve. It has stunning views of Sandwich and Deal to the West and the cliffs of Ramsgate to the East and is a great place for a bracing walk or cycle ride. The Nature Reserve is a Ramsar Site of International Importance and is a wonderful place to explore with lots to see at different times of the year. In the summer the grass is dotted with wild flowers such as orchids and broomrapes. In the winter the foreshore and mudflats attract thousands of wading birds, including dunlin, sanderling and grey plover.
Birds of prey, such as Merlin, can also be seen at the site. Birdwatchers can use the public bird hide, which is also accessible for disabled visitors. The surfaced paths and waymarked trails offer visitors the option of a short stroll or a longer ramble around the park and it is a popular place with dog walkers. There are excellent opportunities to explore beyond the park using the Public Rights of Way, especially using the Thanet Coastal Path which passes through the site.
A short walk beyond the Nature Reserve and back towards Ramsgate takes you to Cliffsend Picnic Site where there is a café (open in the summer months) and the Viking Ship ‘Hugin’. This ship is a full scale replica of a Viking ship which sailed from Denmark in 1949 to celebrate the 1500 anniversary of the invasion of Britain by the Vikings.
There is a short cycle route of around 1km in length that follows the road on the inside of the park. It forms part of Sustans route 15 on the National Cycle Network that passes along the Thanet coastline
Easy access information
This park and open space has well surfaced routes suitable for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs, and has no width restricting features, such as stiles or non RADAR kissing gates.