An Ancient Hillfort Near Canterbury.

Location

Nearest address: Bigbury Road
Chartham Hatch
Kent
CT4 7LS

OS Map Reference

TR 117 577
A static map of Bigbury Camp

Know before you go

Entry fee

Free entry

Parking information

No onsite parking. Park on Faulkers Lane by Kent College School or at Chartham Hatch village.

Bicycle parking

No

Grazing animals

Rare breeds of sheep such as Hebridean or Soay grazing Spring -Autumn

Walking trails

The North Downs Way runs through the reserve and can be joined at Chartham Hatch to the west or on Faulkners Road from Harbledown to the east.

Access

Not wheelchair accessible. The North Downs Way footpath runs through the reserve. There is a Kissing gate leading to level track.

Dogs

On a lead
Please keep dogs on leads when visiting as there may be grazing animals.

When to visit

Opening times

All times

Best time to visit

Year-round. Spring and summer offers colourful views of the surrounding area.

About the reserve

Bigbury Camp is an Iron Age hillfort in Howfield Wood, a short hop from the centre of Canterbury.  The site was occupied from about 350BC and may have been stormed in one of the first engagements between the local peoples and the legions of Julius Caesar in 55BC.  Many of the defensive earthworks can still be seen today.  

The site was planted over with European Larch and Sweet Chestnut in the 18th and 19th century with the chestnut being used as hop poles in the nearby hop farms.  Kent Wildlife Trust is busy removing the plantations restore more natural habitats as they would have been when the site was occupied and to show the defensive earthworks that have survived for over two thousand years.  There is, on view, an artists impression of what the occupied site might have looked like. 

Contact us

John Wilson

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Scheduled Ancient Monument

Location map