When you visit Chalkpit Farm, you’ll enter the farm through the ‘yard’ which is where all the shops and services are located, its absolutely fine to walk around this specific area and browse the shops and services.
There are public footpaths and bridal paths through our fields that can be accessed for dog walkers and hikers, so we recommend using these to stretch your legs. We kindly ask you to stay on the footpaths, to avoid causing damage to crops and to avoid disturbing wildlife in environmental areas.
Canterbury is steeped in history and as such, we get a lot of requests from detectorists wanting to access our land. With that being the case, we already have an exclusive arrangement with a detectorist, and unfortunately can not allow or grant access to any other detectorist or enthusiast at this time.
In addition to arable crops like Wheat, Barley and Oats, we are also one of Kent’s oldest hop farms and grow Kentish hops in a traditional way (one of our gardens can be seen from the cross roads by Bekesbourne station; just under the bridge). If you would like to pick your own hop garland or purchase one, please visit Essentially Hops either online or at the farm shop.
P.S. We also grow lots of varieties of country flowers that we kiln dry and ship all across the UK. Sunflowers that can be picked and Lavender, all of which are available to purchase online and at the Essentially Hops shop in the farm yard.
Yes. We have dedicated parking for patrons of the farm and customers visiting the businesses located here. We also have an overflow car park behind the yard for peak periods and summer months.
Yes. In the summer months we have scheduled events that you can book and attend with family and friends. Click here to view the events available.
Yes we do. In addition to the trees, bushes and normal wildlife that you would expect from nature, we’re also installing new hedgerows that we hope will become teeming habitats or ‘corridors of wildlife’ which all help to halt biodiversity decline and climate change.
We also maintain environmental areas (bee hives, winter bird food plots, flower rich margins and areas of bare ground for invertebrates) on the margins of some of our fields; please do not walk through these areas and keep your dog on a lead to protect ground feeding and nesting birds.
If you are in a public area, then we encourage you to capture the beautiful landscapes of the farm from a distance. If you would like a more personal, professional or close up experience, we also provide opportunities to be escorted into our restricted areas and fields to take some amazing shots.
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