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VisitUsPage.jpgLocated between Dover and Folkestone in Kent, Samphire Hoe is a place for both wildlife to thrive and people to enjoy. To maintain the balance between the two, we ask that people stay on the paths, keep dogs on leads and scoop the poop.

  • Access by car

    Samphire Hoe

    Samphire Hoe is off the Dover to Folkestone carriageway of the A20. You access Samphire Hoe through a traffic light controlled tunnel in the cliff.
    Samphire Hoe postcode: CT17 9FL
    Samphire Hoe is signposted.

  • Access on foot or by bicycle

    The cliff top footpath (North Downs Way) and a cycle track (Sustrans NCN Route 2) pass close to the tunnel entrance providing easy access.

  • Access by bus

    Bus 61 to Aycliffe, then on foot.

  • Map

    Access map
  • Opening times

    7am until dusk every day of the year.

  • Car park

    There is plenty of car park spaces, on a pay and display basis.

    In November 2014, current rates are: up to 30 mins 50p; 30 mins-2 hours £1.00; anything over 2 hours £2.00.

    Disabled badge holders and motorcycles are free.

    Coaches £2.00.

  • Wheelchair and pushchair access

    Samphire Hoe is wheelchair and pushchair friendly. There are toilet facilities including those for the disabled (RADAR key) and a baby changing room.

    There is a recommended 'access for all' way around the Hoe. The route follows the front path, signposted "West shore via the Hoe" passing through the chicane. The full circuit is 2km long. The section through the Hoe is tarmac; the sea wall is smooth concrete with two ramps giving access to and from the middle terrace providing good sea views. The average gradient is 1:15 with some steeper sections and occasional cross slopes maximum 1:25.

  • Dogs


    At Samphire Hoe, dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead at all times and any poo picked up.

  • Tea kiosk

    Samphire Hoe

    The site office provides toilet facilities, rangers office and a tea kiosk, which is open every weekend of the year and most days from Easter to September, from 11am to 5pm.

    Staff and volunteers are present to answer your questions and give you information.

    There are free leaflets, an information board and panels with the latest wildlife sightings.

  • Groups

    Samphire Hoe

    Guided walks for private groups can be booked.

    The cost is £2.00 per person with a minimum of £20.00.

  • Education shelter

    Samphire Hoe

    Officially opened in November 2015, the new Samphire Hoe Education Shelter provides a flexible indoor space for general visitors and edutional visits. Heating is provided by two wood burning stoves. There are regular exhibitions and events.

    The shelter provides an opportuntity to meet the volunteers rangers and discover more about Samphire Hoe and the surrounding areas.

    The Education Shelter teaching room is available for hire. For more details, please contact: 01304 225649.

  • School visits

    Samphire Hoe

    School visits can be arranged and organised: "Learning outside at Samphire Hoe" with themes such as:

    Samphire Hoe rock pooling
    - Discover the creatures that live in the fascinating turbulent world of rock pools.

    Samphire Hoe Safari - Discover the beach and coastal environments, go on a scavenger hunt, investigate the chalk grassland habitat and its mini beasts, play the food chain game and join in a fossil hunt.

    Samphire Hoe Science - Carry out a bug survey, discover the rocks and soils, measure the weather, find out about plant adaptations.

    Amazing insect art - Art meets science and history in a fun practical activity using detailed drawings.

    Be a stone age artist- Discover the exciting history of cave art during this session which includes mixing pigments and giant chalk and charcoal drawings.

    Around those 5 main themes is provided a practical, engaging and enjoyable learning linked to the school curriculum of students. Each session begins with a key message about water efficiency and promote how vital it is for all life on Earth.

    For further information, please check out our new leaflet, "Learning outside at Samphire Hoe, a guide to our ranger events".

    Visits cost £75.00 for a morning or afternoon session.

    To discuss any arrangement and set up a date, please contact us.
    To hire the Education Shelter teaching room, please contact: 01304 225649.

    The recent addition of the Education Shelter means that educational visits can now also include the offer of a warm indoor space to shelter from the weather. The teaching room can be booked as part of an educational visit.

  • Fishing / Angling

    Permits are available from the tea kiosk.

    £4 a day ticket for a child; £6 a day ticket for an adult; £50 for a half year ticket; £75 for a year season ticket.

    For more information, please call 01304 226 650.

    Samphire Hoe

    Best fish of the Samphire Hoe season competition runs from May to September each year. The heaviest fish caught at the Hoe wins 6 months free fishing and the Crosbie Memorial Trophy. The second heaviest fish wins 3 months free fishing and the Eurotunnel Trophy. Both trophies are on display at the Eurotunnel Terminal in Folkestone.
    For more details, please ask at the tea kiosk.