Sandwich and Pegwell Bay

Birds at Pegwell Bay, photo by Russell Miles

Birds at Pegwell Bay, photo by Russell Miles

Seal at Sandwich and Pegwell Bay, photo by Russell Miles

Seal at Sandwich and Pegwell Bay, photo by Russell Miles

Sandwich Bay, photo by Vicky Aitkenhead

Sandwich Bay, photo by Vicky Aitkenhead

Wetland at Sandwich and Pegwell Bay, photo by Vicky Aitkenhead

Wetland at Sandwich and Pegwell Bay, photo by Vicky Aitkenhead

Sandwich and Pegwell Bay

Ian Andrews


Escape to the coastal haven of Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve - Kent Wildlife Trust's largest reserve, and of international importance for its bird populations. Listen to the rolling waves on the sand and shingle, breathe in the saline scents of the saltmarsh, and watch the wonderful wildlife this very important and sensitive National Nature Reserve has to offer.


Pegwell Bay Country Park,
Sandwich Road,
CT12 5JB

OS Map Reference

TR 341 632

A static map of Sandwich and Pegwell Bay

Know before you go

615 hectares

Entry fee

Parking fee

Parking information

Pegwell Bay Country Park - KCC manage the car park which charges £1.30 a day Mon-Fri, or £2 for weekends and Bank holiday. Sandwich Bay has a toll gate - £7 per car.

Bicycle parking

Yes, at Pegwell Bay Country Park

Grazing animals

Highland Cattle, occasionally Konik horses. Dogs must be kept on lead in the grazing compartments.

Walking trails

The New All England Coast Path runs through and around the boundary of the National Nature Reserve, this is clearly signposted (or please visit the Natural England website for maps).

At Pegwell Bay Country Park, there is a circular route with hard surfaces and several grass paths within the Country Park. Please help us conserve wildlife by avoiding the restricted access areas highlighted on the map.


Pegwell Bay Country Park - circular solid path around seawall which is wheelchair accessible, and mown grass paths throughout Country Park. Saltmarsh and mudflats are restricted access (see map for the restricted area). Sustrans bicycle route runs on the boundary of the Country Park and Sandwich Road.

Sandwich Bay - sandy, unsurfaced paths and beach, with a restricted access area to the North of the Bay (see map for restricted areas).


Under effective control
On lead and restricted access in some areas.


Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Outdoor play area

When to visit

Opening times

Pegwell Bay Country Park - please see KCC website.

The toilets are not always open.

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

This complex mosaic of habitats, including Kent's only ancient dune pasture, hosts many rare plants and animals. Passage Spring migrants of the feathered variety stop for the breeding season - species such as Nightingale can be heard singing their loud and melodious song, and cuckoos can be heard from the treetops signalling their territories, as well as the many warbler species - all creating a wall of birdsong to delight the ears!

In Summer, Ringed Plover will return to Sandwich Bay to nest on the shingle beach, and hopefully, Little Tern's will make a come back here too! Butterflies flit around the wildflowers and duneland flora, such as the lizard orchids and sea holly.

The Autumn sees the influx of the waders and waterfowl, feeding on the saltmarsh, recuperating from their long migration journeys ready for the winter. The seals can be seen in fantastic numbers in the Winter - they can be viewed from the end of Stonelees after walking through Pegwell Bay Country Park. You might even be lucky enough to catch the odd Waxwing in the winter that come to feed on the berries. 

Contact us

John Wilson
Contact number: 07808568821

Environmental designation

Country Park
County Geological Site
Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Natura 2000
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
Special Protection Areas (SPA)

Location map