The village of Godmersham is situated on the A28 between Ashford and Canterbury. You can take a walk around this small village, a place often visited by Jane Austen when she visited her brother, Edward, at Godmersham Park. It is said that she got inspiration for Emma, Pride and Predjudice and Mansfield Park during her visits. If you start your walk at the Village Hall you can follow a short riverside walk along the River Stour (0.2 miles). Areas of the Godmersham Estate are being managed through funding from the Environmental Stewardship Schemes which have been set up to protect and benefit the wildlife on the farm. Areas of flower rich chalk grassland are sensitively grazed to benefit wild flowers, butterflies and moths. This riverside grassland area is managed through low intensity grazing which helps to encourage small mammals, insects and birdlife. The main wildlife habitats here are the wet grassland, the ditches with aquatic plants and the ponds. Some areas of the bank have been left to develop more vegetation to encourage otters back onto this stretch of river. Cross the road to the church where you can visit Edward Austen's memorial, then walk past the front of the Georgian paladian mansion (not open to the public) and follow the footpath through the grounds. For those who would like a long walk it is possible to join the North Downs Way and walk to Chilham.
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