Dungeness Nature Reserve

Dungeness Nature Reserve

Dungeness nature reserve occupies nearly 1,000 hectares of the Dungeness peninsula, the largest shingle formation of its kind in Europe.

It is part of the Dungeness National Nature Reserve. The Dungeness peninsula is a unique site, famous for its lighthouse, light railway and bird observatory, but there is much more to explore.

The RSPB reserve covers a wide swathe of shingle and a series of pools and pits rich in wildlife. The picture windows in the visitor centre overlook a lake full of birds, especially gulls and wildfowl in winter and terns in summer.
There are five hides on the main nature trail, plus viewing from the visitor centre. There are a hide and viewing screen at the Hanson ARC site.

Nature trails
A circular nature trail 3.2 km (2 miles) in length starts at the visitor centre. The track surface is largely hard-packed shingle with two stretches of short grass. The trail is generally suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs although there are occasional patches of more loose shingle. At the Hanson ARC site there are two tracks (both 380 m in length), one leading to a hide, one to a viewing screen. Both tracks are suitable for both wheelchairs and pushchairs. All hides and the viewing screen are wheelchair accessible.

Opening times (please check before visiting)
The reserve is open daily (except December 25 and 26) from 9 am-9 pm (or sunset if earlier). The visitor centre is open from 10 am-5 pm (4 pm November - February).

Tel: 01797 320588

Website: Click here

Disabled access
Disabled toilets
Picnic tables
Hot drinks
Cold drinks
Guided walks available
Visitor centre
Information centre

The shop stocks:
Binoculars and telescopes
Bird food

By road
One mile out of Lydd on the Dungeness Road turn right for the the main site. The visitor centre and car park are one mile along the entrance track. The entrance to the Hanson ARC site and car park is opposite the main reserve entrance on the left of the Dungeness Road.
Nearest railway station
Rye (16 km/10 miles), then bus 711 to Lydd and bus 12 from Lydd to reserve. Folkestone (32 km/20 miles), then bus service 12. Ashford (25 km/16 miles) then bus service 11 to reserve.
Nearest bus stop
Bus service 12 from Lydd or Folkestone stops on request at the reserve entrance (not Sundays) from where there is a one-mile walk to the Visitor Centre.

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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015