Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve

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

The Trust's largest and one of its most important 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 platform 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

Ample car parking is available, managed by Kent County Council, which charges £1.30 a day Monday-Friday or £2 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, has received a 'Green Flag Award' from Keep Britain Tidy.


Access Information

Pegwell Bay Country Park - a circular solid path around seawall which is wheelchair accessible, and mown grass paths throughout Country Park. Saltmarsh and mudflats are restricted access (see map for the restricted area). Sustrans bicycle route runs on the boundary of the Country Park and Sandwich Road. Sandwich Bay - sandy, unsurfaced paths and beach, with a restricted access area to the North of the Bay (see map for restricted areas). Accessible toilet.

Opening Times

Open 9am-8pm or dusk if earlier


Sandwich Road, Cliffsend
CT12 5JB