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15. Godmersham

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 Prejudice and Mansfield Park during her visits here.

The house itself is closed to the public. However, a public footpath runs through part of the estate, offering views of the House and Folly. Further information on the house and it's glamorous past is displayed at the Godmersham Park Heritage Centre.

Within Godmersham 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 bird life. 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.

 Walking routes nearby

Further information

St Lawrence the Martyr Church, Godmersham

Godmersham Village
Canterbury Road
Godmersham
Kent
CT4 7DR