Blue sky with green grassland in forefront
Sandwich and Pegwell Bay Nature Reserve

Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve

Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve - a complex mosaic of habitats, which is 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 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.

Ample car parking is available, managed by Kent County Council (charges £1.30 per 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 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.

Opening Times

Open 9am-8pm or dusk if earlier


Sandwich Road, Cliffsend
CT12 5JB