This Kent based village has some fine walking trails on which to explore the North Downs and the lovely Stour Valley countryside.
The settlement also includes a pretty square and a historic high street with a number of listed buildings. There's also a Grade I listed Tithe Barn, an early 1600s pub and a notable 14th century church to investigate.
This walk from the village takes you along a section of the Stour Valley Walk to Little Chart. There's some nice riverside trails and fine views of the surrounding countryside to enjoy on the way.
The walk starts in the village where the Stour Valley Walk also begins. You can follow the waymarked trail south east towards Stonebridge Green, Barnfield, Nettlepole Cottage and Ashen Grove Wood before coming into Little Chart. Here you will find some picturesque mill ponds and a cafe for refreshments. You can also link with the Greensand Way long distance trail here to extend your walk. You could follow it back towards Lenham via Pluckley, Egerton, Coldbridge Wood and Boughton Malherbe. The walk could also be extend by continuing west to Hothfield Common near Charing.
PostcodeME17 2PG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The Dog and Bull is an historic pub of some note. It was originally built in 1602 and visited by Queen Anne in 1704 - her coat of arms is still displayed above the door today. They serve fine food and have a pleasant courtyard garden for the summer months. You can find them on the Square at postcode ME17 2PG for your sat navs.
The country and woodland trails make for a fine dog walk. The Dog and Bull pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north of the village you could pick up the long distance North Downs Way and the Pilgrims Way. These waymarked paths could be followed east to neighbouring Charing. Here you'll find an old windmill, a 14th century church and the 13th century Archbishop's Palace.
Just south of here there's also the fine old stately home at Eastwell Park and the lovely sculpture trail at King's Wood to try.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Downs Walks and North Downs Walks pages.