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Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve

Nature & Wildlife

Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve - a complex mosaic of habitats, which is of international importance for its bird population.

The site includes Pegwell Bay Country Park, a little gem with stunning sea views, a play area and picnic spot with mobile refreshments nearby - perfect for family fun in the fresh air

The Kent Wildlife Trust's largest and one of its most important national nature reserves, with the only ancient dune pasture in Kent. The reserve is made up of a complex mosaic of habitats: inter-tidal mudflats, saltmarsh, shingle beach, sand dunes, ancient dune pastures, chalk cliffs, wave-cut platforms and coastal scrubland.   

The reserve is of international importance for its waders and wildfowl, best seen over winter or during the spring and autumn migrations from the bird hide. You also spot Highland Cattle, and occasionally Konik horses.

The site is 29 hectares in size and offers a range of opportunities for all visitors and user groups. Prefect for a refreshing coastal walk or bike ride. Route 15 of the Sustrans national network passes through the site, lining up with the Viking Coastal Trail around Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate and Active Ramsgate's Pier to Pier ride to Deal

Ample car parking is available, managed by Kent County Council (charges £1.40 per day Monday-Friday, or £2.30 for weekends and Bank Holidays). Sandwich Bay has a toll gate - £7 per car.

*Pegwell Bay Country Park, part of the Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve, received a 'Green Flag Award 2022 and 2023' from Keep Britain Tidy.

Dogs under effective control; on leads and restricted in some areas


Access Information

Pegwell Bay Country Park comprises a circular solid path around a sea wall, which is wheelchair accessible, and mown grass paths throughout the Country Park.

Access to the saltmarsh and mudflats is restricted (see map for the restricted area).

Please note that the Sustrans bicycle route runs along the boundary of the Country Park and Sandwich Road. Sandwich Bay itself is made up of sandy, unsurfaced paths and beach, with a restricted access area to the North of the Bay (see map for restricted areas).

Accessible toilet, and parking.


Sandwich Road

Nr Ramsgate


CT12 5JB


Opening Times

Open 9am-8pm or dusk if earlier

Accessible parking
Accessible toilets
Step-free access
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Contact Us
Visitor Information Centre
The Droit House
Stone Pier
Kent CT9 1JD
Te: 01843 577577
Official website of Visit Thanet, Thanet District Council.