Take a Stroll Through Samphire Hoe

Did you know that Samphire Hoe was created by Eurotunnel, and is now one of the greenest areas in Britain?

Did you know: Samphire Hoe is so popular, that in 2015 it had more than 80,000 visitors.

When the construction on the Channel Tunnel started in 1988, and completed in 1994, it wasn’t just a quick journey to Calais that was created. Looking out over the iconic Shakespeare Cliff, Samphire Hoe was also developed. It was created by using 4.9 million cubic metres of chalk marl from the excavations of the Channel Tunnel and has actually increased the size of the UK by 90 acres! It’s a beautiful piece of land, over a 30-hectare site that’s perfect for walking, fishing, and taking in the rare natural landscape.

Discover more about Samphire Hoe, and just what it is that makes this site so special.

History of Samphire Hoe

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There is so much interesting nature and geography at Samphire Hoe. Feel free to ask a member of staff any questions you may have!

Did you know: The name ‘Samphire Hoe’ was recommended by former English teacher, Gillian Janaway, inspired by a passage from Shakespeare’s King Lear.

Samphire Hoe is so much more than just a nature reserve. Its history goes back to 1843, when the erosion of the cliffs was stopped, by detonating 185 barrels of gunpowder; creating a platform for the Dover to Folkestone railway. Throughout the years it was used as a mine, but due to a series of issues, it was abandoned after only digging 120 tonnes of coal.

The start of the Channel Tunnel project in 1988 meant that the hoe was put to great use, and the area has been home to a variety of wildlife ever since.

You can discover more about Samphire Hoe’s fascinating history, and beautiful present, at the education kiosk.  Chat with the knowledgeable staff there who can help with any questions you may have.

Go Wild for the Wildlife!

Samphire Hoe

Keep an eye out for the highland cattle that have made Samphire Hoe their home.

Did you know: Samphire Hoe has received the Green Flag award for achieving the national standard for parks and green space- for the 12th year running!

Wildlife lovers will go, well, wild for the flora and fauna that make up the park. The more observant of which will notice the rare early spider orchid, one of the most famous plants at Samphire Hoe.

When Samphire Hoe was created, half was sown with wildflower seeds, mixing 31 species that suit the different conditions of the land. The rye grass that made up the other half of the hoe has died out, and the new vegetation that has replaced it has attracted a whole heap of exciting wildlife!

There are over 200 species of plants, and 30 species of butterflies. If you come to visit, don’t forget to take a snap of our highland cattle as they graze on the meadow. For all you twitchers out there, in 2015 we recorded 123 species of birds in Samphire Hoe, so bring your binoculars!

Are You a Fishing Fan?

Samphire Hoe

With miles of sea wall, this is the perfect place for fly fishing.

Did you know: Samphire Hoe’s sea wall is over a mile long.

Think you’re pretty fly for a fisher guy? If you crave the peace and quiet, and love to look out to open water, then you need to visit the sea wall at Samphire Hoe. Rates are very reasonable, and for the true fishing fans, there is a yearly pass.

Child Day Pass: £4

Adult Day Pass: £6

Half a Year Season Pass: £50

Yearly Season Pass: £75 

Natural beauty is closer than you think, with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. It only takes 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais.