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 Kent Walks
Route NamePicDistanceDescription
Barton's Point Coastal Park5 miles (8.5 km)Enjoy a leisurely stroll or ride along the Queenborough Lines canal and the Isle of Sheppey Coast on this circular route in Bartons Point Coastal Park. The route begins on the coast near Sheerness train station and follows the canal path before returning to the start point through Minster Park.
Beacon Wood Country Park4 miles (7 km)This country park has a number of peaceful woodland walks to enjoy. It is located near Gravesend in Kent. In the park you will find a pond/wetland area with a viewing platform, information point, and views out over the countryside. The route below begins at the car park in Beacon Wood and follows trails into Lords Wood, Ladies Wood and on into the nearby Darenth Country Park before returning to the start point.
Berrys Green Circular8 miles (13 km)This pleasant circular walk passes through the woods and villages around the rural area of Berry's Green in Bromley. Highlights on the walk include the pretty village of Cudham and views of Biggin Hill Airport and Cherry Lodge Golf Club.
Brockhill Country Park4 miles (7 km)Brockhill Park has a number of waymarked woodland trails, a lake, open grassland and meadows. The park is rich in wildlife, with marbled white butterflies, green woodpeckers and carpets of snowdrops. There are also excellent facilities with picnic areas and a cafe. Brockhill is located near Hythe on the Kent Coast.
Capstone Farm Country Park6 miles (9 km)Enjoy several cycling and walking trails in this delightful country park near Gillingham. The park is located in the beautiful North Downs with ancient woodlands, old orchards, a freshwater lake and wildflower meadows to explore. There's excellent facilities with a Visitor Centre, cafe and picnic areas.
Chelsfield Circular Walk7 miles (11 km)This short circular walk follows footpaths and tracks through the countryside around Chelsfield in Bromley. The walk starts at Chelsfield station and heads towards Crockenhall through farmland and woodland, before returning to Chelsfield via Goddington.
Darent Valley Path19 miles (31 km)Travel through the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and along the Darent River on this beautiful walk.
You start off near Sevenoaks Railway Station and head north through the delightful tranquility of the Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve. The route continues towards Otford (with its 16th century Palace) and then onto Shoreham where you'll pass Lullingstone Castle Manor House. As one of the oldest family estates in England (1497) Lullingstone Castle has an interesting history and attractive gardens making it well worth a visit.
The next section takes you on to Eynsford and Farningham where the river is particularly attractive. From there you enter the outskirts of London, passing through Dartford before finishing at Dartford flood barrier - the world's second largest movable flood barrier.
For more information on this route please click here.
East Cliff and Warren Country Park4 miles (6 km)Enjoy the spectacular East Cliffs of Folkestone, the sandy beaches of East Wear Bay and the Warren nature reserve on this circular walk.
Eden Valley Walk15 miles (24 km)Travel through the beautiful Eden Valley and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on this walk through Kent.
The route starts at Edenbridge and heads towards Hever and the excellent Hever Castle with its double-moated castle and 125 acres of spectacular gardens. You continue east towards Penshurst and the 13th century Penshurt Place. Again there is plenty to see including the State Rooms, Gallery and wonderful gardens.
The final section heads to Tonbridge passing through the Haysden Country Park before finishing at the castle in Tonbridge.
This is a lovely walk through the open fields, woodland and parks of the Eden Valley with the added bonus of some impressive historical architecture.
Elham Valley Way22 miles (35 km)Explore the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on this delightful walk through Kent.
The route starts on the coast at Hythe and heads north to Canterbury via Elham and Barham. Highlights on the route include stretches through the seabrook valley near Hythe, ancient woodland (dating from before the 17th century), beautiful orchards and the famous Cathedral at Canterbury at the end of the route.
Elmley National Nature Reserve5 miles (8 km)Enjoy a tranquil walk around this beautiful Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey.
Fowlmead Country Park5 miles (7.5 km)Fowlmead country park is a 200 acre site with a number of walking and cycling trails located in Deal on the Kent coast. The park has eleven zoned areas with each one offering something different for visitors to explore, including rolling woodland and small lakes, superb walks and fabulous views over the east Kent coast.
For cyclists there is a 2 mile Tarmac road cycling track which can be used by the general public, while there are also mountain bike trails to try out. Cycle hire is available in the park for reasonable rates.
Greensand Way107 miles (173 km)The Greensand Way runs from Haslemere in Surrey to Hamstreet in Kent following the ridge of greensand rock that crosses the two counties. The route takes in two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Surrey Hills and the Kent Downs - as well as numerous Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Highlights include
  • Gibbet hill - Located at Hindhead, Surrey it is the second highest point in Surrey after Leith Hill. It commands a panoramic view of the beautiful North Downs. The view to the north overlooks the Devil's Punchbowl, Thursley, Hankley Common, Crooksbury Hill, and the Hog's Back towards Godalming and Guildford. To the east lies the Sussex Weald. To the south, the hills of Haslemere and Blackdown can be seen, with some sections of the South Downs.
  • Leith Hill (video below) -the highest point in the South East with fabulous views of the Surrey countryside. It is located near Dorking and is also the highest point on the Greensand Ridge. On the summit of Leith Hill is an 18th century Gothic tower, with panoramic views northwards to London and the English Channel to the south.
  • Linton Park - large 18th-century country house in Linton, Kent with beautiful gardens and views of the Weald. The estate is private property and is not open to the public, but the Greensand Way crosses the parkland east-west to the north of the house and a public footpath crosses the southern parkland close to the park lake.
  • Crossing the River Medway on The Twyford Bridge, Yalding, Kent
  • A series of magnificent houses, gardens and parks, which have been built along the ridge.
Haysden Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)Haysden country park is located near Tonbridge in Kent and consists of a number of delightful walking trails. In the park you will find Barden and Haysden lakes while the River Medway also runs through the park. The lakes and river offer great opportunities for wildlife watching with a variety of wildfowl visitors all year round.
High Weald Landscape Trail94 miles (151 km)Explore the High Weald AONB on this fabulous 90 mile walk that links the ridge-top villages and historic gardens for which the area is famous.
The walk starts at the rail station in Horsham, West Sussex, and heads east to Rye in East Sussex.
Walk highlights include
  • St. Leonard's Forest - located at the western end of the Wealden Forest Ridge running from Horsham to Tonbridge, the forest is part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Borde Hill Garden - located near Hayward's Heath Borde Hill features over 200 acres of garden, park and woodlands accompanied by spectacular views across the Sussex High Weald
  • Wakehurst Place - owned by the National Trust Wakehurst Place is located near Ardingly. It comprises a late 16th century country house and a mainly 20th century garden, managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Stone Farm Rocks - located near East Grinstead you will find this series of sandstone crags which is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
  • Standen - National Trust owned Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden
  • Harrison's Rocks - popular with rock climbers this sandstone crag is located approximately 1.5 km south of the village of Groombridge in the county of East Sussex.
  • Union Mill - Grade I listed smock mill in Cranbrook, Kent, England which has been restored to working order. It is the tallest smock mill in the United Kingdom.
  • Rye Castle - this 13th century castle houses a museum which includes locally-made medieval pottery, an embroidery depicting many aspects of Rye life and history, medieval artifacts, activities and town maps.

The High Weald AONB website has split the walk into 7 manageable sections as follows:

Horsham to Cuckfield - 23.3km (14.5 miles)
Cuckfield to East Grinstead - 27.4km (17.0 miles)
East Grinstead to Groombridge - 21.0km (13.1 miles)
Groombridge to Matfield - 22.8km (14.1 miles)
Matfield to Rolvenden - 30.6km (19 miles)
Rolvenden to Flackley Ash - 20.0km (12.5 miles)
Flackley Ash to Rye - 7.1km (4.4 miles)

Please see the link below for a series of fantastic pdf guides to the route covering the sections above.
Kent Coast207 miles (333 km)Walk the entirety of the beautiful Kent Coast on this long distance walk.
Knole Park6 miles (9 km)A circular walk around the delightful deer park at Knole in Sevenoaks. The walk begins near the bus station in Sevenoaks and heads past Knole House, along the Broad Walk and Chestnut Walk to Fawke Common. You continue through Rambles Wood, Godden Wood and then through Knole Park Golf Course before returning to the start point. The grounds of the park are delightful with about 500 resident deer, ancient woodland, dry heathland, acid grassland and wood pasture. Knole house contains a world class collection of furniture and textiles from royal palaces and is also well worth exploring.
Leybourne Lakes Country Park4 miles (6 km)Enjoy peaceful, waterside walking and cycling at Leybourne Lakes Country Park, near Maidstone in Kent. You will find 230 acres of lakes and woodland providing a peaceful location for wildlife and birdwatching.
Leysdown Coastal Park6 miles (9 km)Enjoy fabulous views of the Thames Estuary on this circular walk through Leysdon Coastal park and Leysdon Marshes on the Isle of Sheppey. For cyclists please see the Isle of Harty Trail which also runs through the park.
Lower Leas Coastal Park2 miles (4 km)This coastal country park is located in Folkestone and has fabulous views over the Kent coastline. National Cycle Route 2 also runs through the park.
Lullingstone Country Park3 miles (5 km)Explore 460 acres of parkland in this large open space in the Darenth Valley of Kent. Located between Eynsford and Shoreham, Lullingstone contains several waymarked walking trails of varying lengths.
The park is well known for its large collection of ancient trees including oaks, beeches, hornbeams, ash and sweet chestnut, some of which are around 500 years old. Also of interest is the 15th Century Lullingstone Castle,Tom Hart Dyke's World of Garden Plants and Lullingstone Roman Villa with its spectacular mosaics and Roman wall paintings.
If you wish to continue your walk then the Darent Valley Path runs through the park along the River Darent.
Manor Park Country Park2 miles (4 km)Located near Maidstone in Kent, this 52 acre country park has fields, wildflower meadows and a lake with swans, moorhens and dabchicks. The park has a number of footpaths making it an ideal place for an afternoon stroll. There's also good on site facilities with a play area, cafe and picnic area.
Medway Valley Walk28 miles (45 km)This is a lovely, easy riverside walk along the River Medway from Tonbridge to Rochester.
You start at Tonbridge castle and head east towards Maidstone via Yalding and East Farleigh. The second section takes you onto Rochester via Allington.
The landscape is varied and includes woodland, orchards, meadows and farmland. You will also pass through a series of pretty riverside villages and towns which are steeped in history. For wildlife lovers look out for Kingfishers and listen out for the sweet song of the nightingale.
Milton Creek Country Park3 miles (4.5 km)A short circular cycle or walk around Milton Creek Country Park near Sittingbourne in Kent. The park is set in 128 acres and contains Milton Creek, fishing lakes and a network of well laid out paths. The Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway also runs though the Park. The nearby Kemsley railway station makes for a good access point for the route.
Mote Park1 miles (2 km)This 450 acre park in Maidstone has a lovely lakeside cycling and walking track running through it, using National Cycle Network number 177. It's perfect for a safe family cycle ride or a short, peaceful stroll. In 2013 it was voted the nations third favourite park in the Green Flag People's Choice Awards. The park includes the former stately home Mote House, a miniature railway, a pitch and putt golf course and a boating lake.
The Medway Valley Walk runs near the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along the River Medway. If you're on a bike you could follow the Maidstone to Rochester cycle route to Rochester.
Peene Quarry Country Park2 miles (4 km)A short circular walk around Peene Quarry in the North Downs. The main attraction here are the spectacular views over Folkestone and the south coast down to Dungeness. This is a fairly challenging route with a steep climb but you are rewarded with stunning views. The walk begins and ends at car park near the Folkestone White Horse but it's also worth visiting the nearby village of Peene.
Pegwell Bay Country Park2 miles (4 km)This park is located near Ramsgate and has splendid views over Pegwell Bay and Sandwich Bay. In the bay is a large nature reserve, known for its migrating waders and wildfowl. A local cycle route runs right through the park so you can take your bike.
Pilgrims Way133 miles (214 km)Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who followed this ancient track from Winchester in Hampshire, to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury in Kent.
Ranscombe Farm Country Park5 miles (7.5 km)Explore 560 acres of meadows and woodland in this large nature reserve on the slopes of the North Downs in Kent. The park is perfect for peaceful walks with a number of rare species of plant including meadow clary, rough mallow and six species of orchid to be seen. The park is located in Cuxton, just a short walk from Cuxton rail station.
Reculver Country Park4 miles (6 km)This country park is located on the Kent coast at Reculver. The cliff top views over Herne Bay are fantastic with a wide variety of wildlife and plantlife to see. The Reculver Towers are also located in the park. They are an important local landmark and are listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The route below is designed for walkers as it takes you along footpaths around the park but there is a cycle route running right through the park.
Riverside Country Park3 miles (5 km)Explore the Medway Estuary in 250 acres of country park in Gillingham, Kent. The estuary is a haven for wildlife with ducks and waders thriving on the invertebrate-rich mudflats, while the reedbeds are an important breeding area for birds such as the sedge and reed warbler. The park includes waymarked walks, cycle and bridle routes, play areas, and picnic areas while there is also a visitor centre with natural history displays and information panels.
Samphire Hoe Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)This coastal country park is located near Dover on the Kent coast. The park was created by using chalk marl from the Channel Tunnel excavations. There are fabulous views of the stunning Shakespeare Cliff and the Strait of Dover. The park is a Nature Reserve with a huge variety of wildlife and a number of nationally rare plant species including the Early Spider Orchid.
Saxon Shore Way160 miles (257 km)Explore Kent's ancient coastline as you visit Iron Age hill forts, cathedrals, Martello towers, historic ports and castles on this incredible 160 mile walk.
The route passes through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, numerous Sites of Special Scientific Interest and several Nature Reserves.
The walk begins on the Thames at Gravesend and heads through Faversham, Deal, Dover and Rye to the finish point at Hastings.
Sheerness Way6 miles (9 km)Opened in 2011 this super, circular cycle and walking route, follows a series of safe, traffic free paths around Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey.
You will run along the attractive Isle of Sheppy coast and Sheerness beach, while there is also a pleasant waterside section along the Queenborough Lines or the canal bank as it is known locally.
This is a nice family cycle ride as it takes place on flat, off road paths. Walkers looking for an easy circular walk will also find it suitable.
The route is easily accessible, starting and finishing at Sheerness-on-Sea railway station.
Shorne Woods Country Park2 miles (4 km)This park near Gravesend has 288 acres of rolling woodlands, wetlands and meadows that can be explored via a variety of waymarked trails, suitable for cyclists and walkers. The park has excellent on site facilities including a visitor centre, cafe, a sensory garden, fishing lakes, a trim trail and picnic and play areas.
Stour Valley Walk51 miles (82 km)Follow the River Stour from its source near Lenham to the estuary at Pegwell Bay on the Kent coast. You will pass through a varied landscape of downland, woodland, orchards, farmland, lakes, dykes and marshland. The route also passes through many of Kent's finest unspoilt villages, hamlets and historic towns.
The walk beings at the village of Lenham and heads towards Ashford via Little Chart and Great Chart. From Ashford you turn north towards historic Canterbury with its magnificent cathedral. The next section then leads to Sandwich passing the attractive Westbere Lakes as you go. The final section then takes you from Sandwich to the delightful Pegwell Bay on the Stour Estuary.
Sussex Border Path137 miles (220 km)A fabulous long distance walk following the Sussex county border from Thorney Island in West Sussex to Rye in East Sussex.
You begin on Thorney Island with a lovely section along the coast from Emsworth. The route then heads through the South Downs to South Harting and Liphook before continuing to Gospel Green, Rudgwick, Gatwick Airport, Horley and East Grinstead. You then head through the beautiful High Weald, passing Groombridge, Bewl Water and Northiam before finishing in Rye. The walk is well waymarked throughout.
Swale Heritage Trail12 miles (19 km)Travel through Kent along the Swale Heritage Trail from Murston to Goodnestone. The walk runs parallel to The Swale - the strip of sea separating North Kent from the Isle of Sheppey. It passes through the villages of Tonge and Oare and through the attractive market town of Faversham. Highlights include Little Murston Nature Reserve at the start of the route and the creeks at Conyer, Oare and Faversham.
Teston Bridge Country Park3 miles (4.5 km)This country park is set around the picturesque 14th century Teston Bridge on the banks of the River Medway in Teston, near Maidstone. A variety of wildlife can be spotted here – look out for otters which can be seen along the river.
The circular walk starts at the car park next to Teston Bridge and heads along the river to the village of Waterbury, before crossing the River and returning to the start point on the opposite side.
Thames Estuary Trail115 miles (185 km)Explore the Thames Estuary on this walk through Essex and Kent. The walk runs from Foulness Island to the Isle of Sheppey, passing Southend, Gravesend and Rochester. The scenery includes salt marshes, mudflats and open beaches, including the North Kent Marshes and the Essex Marshes.
Thanet Coastal Path20 miles (32 km)Travel from Reculver to Pegwell Bay and enjoy bays, beaches and spectacular cliffs along this beautiful coastal path. The walk passes through several delightful coastal towns and villages including Birchington, Westgate on Sea, Margate and Ramsgate before finishing at the lovely Pegwell Bay.
Route highlights include the variety of coastal wildlife, the popular Botany Bay and the attractive harbours at Margate and Ramsgate.
The Miner's Way27 miles (44 km)This circular walking trail passes through the attractive countryside of East Kent with the remains of the collieries, colliery villages and the East Kent Railway providing a historical theme to the walk.
Trosley Country Park4 miles (7 km)Enjoy magnificent views of the North Downs in 170 acres of beautiful woodland and chalk downland at Trosley Country Park. There are three waymarked trails of varying difficulty and a trim trail for those looking to get super fit! The Woodland walk trail and the Trosley Trail are both open to cyclists - click here for more details.
There's plenty of wildlife in the park - look out for green woodpeckers, tawny owls and sparrowhawks.
The park also has an excellent cafe, picnic area and a play area.
Trosley Country Park is located about 6 miles from Sevenoaks.
See the video below from Kent Council for more information.
Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk27 miles (44 km)Explore the beautiful countryside around Royal Tunbridge Wells on this circular walk through the High Weald AONB. The walk passes through a series of steep ridges and valleys used by climbers including Eridge Rocks and Harrison's Rocks. Other highlights include the woodland through Eridge park and Groombridge Place with its moated manor house and beautiful gardens. The start and finish point for the route is at Southborough Common.
Vanguard Way66 miles (106 km)This trail runs from the outskirts of London, through Ashdown Forest, Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley to the stunning East Sussex coast.
Route highlights include the lovely Ashdown Forest, the White Horse near Alfriston and the wonderful final coastal stretch that gives views of the Seven Sisters Cliffs and Tidemills beach. The path also passes through the beautiful Cuckmere Valley with splendid views of the Cuckmere River to enjoy.
Please click here for more information.
Wantsum Walk19 miles (30 km)This is a super walk from Herne Bay to Birchington which includes both coastal and riverside stretches.
You start off at the pier in the delightful Herne Bay and follow the coastline to Bishopstone Manor. Here you turn inland through Chislet Marshes towards Upstreet, where you join the River Great Stour for some riverside walking. You continue through Sarre and St Nicholas at Wade, before rejoining the coast path to Birchington, finishing near the train station.
This is just one of the Wantsum Walks which pass through the area and can be viewed on OS maps.
Wealdway82 miles (132 km)Follow the Wealdway from the River Thames at Gravesend to Eastbourne on the Sussex coast. The route crosses the chalk ridges of the North and South Downs and passes through the lovely Weald AONB. After starting at Gravesend the walk heads through Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells with its famous Pantiles, Uckfield before finishing at Eastbourne with its splendid views from Beachy Head.
White Cliffs Country Trails28 miles (45 km)This circular route takes you on a tour of the beautiful Kent coastline around Dover, before heading inland into the countryside.
You start at Dover and pass the impressive castle and the famous white cliffs (explore with google street view below). Dover castle has fabulous exhibitions, winding tunnels to explore and shops and cafes for refreshment.
You continue north along the coast passing the beautiful St Margaret's Bay at St Margarets-at-cliffe, before arriving at Walmer with its fascinating castle and splendid gardens.
The route then passes the pretty town of Deal, which boasts another impressive coastal castle. One of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England, it is another major highlight on the walk.
Shortly after Deal, you will turn inland near Sandwich, crossing the famous Royal St Georges Golf Club which has hosted the British Open 13 times. You then pass through the historic town of Sandwich on the River Stour. The walk then meanders through the delightful Kent countryside, passing Northbourne and Whitfield, before returning to Dover.




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