Samphire Hoe

Samphire Hoe is a 35 hectare addition to the Kent coast created from 4.9 million cubic metres of chalk marl dug to create the Channel Tunnel. The site is owned by Eurotunnel and managed in partnership with the White Cliffs Countryside Project. There is something for everyone: a stunning location, wildflowers, birds, sea angling, peace and quiet, picnics and walks.

In Spring young peregrine falcons can be seen flying along the cliffs. House Martins make their mud nests under the chalky overhangs. This is how they used to nest before houses were invented! Other interesting birds that are around are stonechats and meadow pipits on the Hoe and rock pipits along the base of the cliffs. In July the rock sea lavender comes into flower and turns the top edge of the sea wall a beautiful purple haze and the rock samphire will be flowering. Much of the Hoe is accessible for wheelchair users. The recommended route follows the front path, signposted 'west shore via the Hoe' .The full circuit is 2km; the section through the Hoe is tarmac with fine gravel, the sea wall is smooth concrete. The average gradient is 1:15 with some steeper sections and occasional cross slopes maximum 1:25.

Samphire Hoe

Useful Information

Open all year from 7.00am to dusk every day

Parking - pay and display


• refreshment kiosk open at weekends and most days in the summer
• toilet facilities available
• fishing- by permit from the kiosk
(07747 310275)

Useful Links

Contact Tel Number 01304 225649