Pegwell Bay

Brief description

Pegwell Bay has a stretch of unprotected sea cliffs of great geological interest and a sandy bay used by seashore birds. The area is made up of reed beds, grass land and sand. The area at the bottom of the cliffs at Pegwell is concrete, this was previously used as the Hoverport for Hoverlloyd in the 80’s. Since this time all the buildings have been demolished and the concrete has been left for nature to reclaim.  Please note that if vehicles are required to be taken down to the shoreline, this is at the owners’ risk. There are a number of large pot holes. Access to the bay is via a locked gate. The key is held at the council offices.

On the cliff top overlooking the bay is the replica Viking Ship “Hugin.” The ship is behind a locked metal fence. The “Hugin” was sailed from Denmark to Thanet in 1949 to celebrate the 1500th anniversary of the invasion of Britain.

Pegwell Bay (ex Hoverport Site) and area around Viking Ship – please contact Thanet Film Office – filming.notice@thanet.gov.uk

To make a filming request please use this link

Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve which.

To film at the Nature Reserve you will need to obtain permission from the Kent Wildlife Trust. Approximate size of reserve is 615 hectares.

Kent Wildlife Trust contact – info@kentwildlife.org.uk



Pay & Display car park at Reserve.

NB. Height restriction bar on entrance to Reserve (parking available in adjoining car park for high sided vehicles) Opening times: 8:30 am to 7:00pm or dusk if earlier.

The kiosk at the grassed area adjacent to the Viking Ship arranges opening of the barrier to allow parking on this area.


Seasonal opening from 7 April to 14 September 8am to 7:30pm


Kiosk provides tea/coffee and snacks.

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