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|Barton's Point Coastal Park||5 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 Park||4 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.|
|Bedgebury Forest||6 miles (10 km)||Bedgebury is a great place for cyclists with miles of family cycle tracks and a more challenging mountain bike trail. The gentle 10km trail is perfect for exploring the 2000 acre forest at a leisurely pace on generally flat surfaced paths. Adrenalin junkies can enjoy 13km of single-track mountain biking. It's generally graded as a red trail and has fast sweeping gradual descents and some challenging climbs. There's also cycle shop where you can hire a bike.|
The forest is also great for walkers with miles of peaceful woodland trails to follow. You can enjoy a stroll around the beautiful Bedgebury Pinetum. This recreational and conservational arboretum has 10,000 trees growing across 320 acres including the most complete collection of conifers on one site in the world.
|Berrys Green Circular||8 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.|
|Bewl Water||12 miles (20 km)||This is a walking and cycling route around the beautiful Bewl Water reservoir near Lamberhurst. The route runs alongside the reservoir for most of the way though there is an inland section on quiet country lanes around Tolhurst. |
Bike hire is available during the summer months.
Please note the route is not always open for cyclists during the winter months - please check the Bewl Water website before setting off.
The Sussex Border Path runs past the reservoir so you could pick this up if you wanted to continue your walk. The National Trust owned Scotney Castle is also nearby.
|Blean Woods National Nature Reserve||6 miles (9 km)||Enjoy miles of cycling and walking paths in the ancient woodland of Blean Woods near Canterbury.|
|Blue Bell Hill||2 miles (3 km)||Visit the Blue Bell Hill viewpoint on this circular walk on the North Downs Way. From the hill there are great views over the River Medway and North Downs. The south west side of Blue Bell Hill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with several rare plant species. The hill is also home to Kit's Coty chamber tomb, a Neolithic chambered long barrow which forms part of the Medway megaliths. The megaliths were constructed from local sarsen stone and soil between the 4th and 3rd millennia BCE.|
This walk starts from the car park on the hill which gives direct access to the footpaths. These take you across the hill and through woodland, scrub and chalk grassland with great views to enjoy. Flora and fauna is intersting with bulbous buttercup, salad burnet, hairy violet, bee orchid and wild strawberry. Look out for butterflies such as dingy skipper, grizzled skipper and chalk hill blue. It's a lovely place to spend a few hours with a picnic site where you can enjoy a snack and take in the views.
The hill is located just south of Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester in Kent.
|Brockhill Country Park||4 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.|
|Camer Park||4 miles (6.5 km)||This is a short walk through Camer Country Park and into the surrounding countryside and woodland. The park is located close to Meopham train station and parking is also available at the western end of the park. In the park you will find 40 acres of ancient parkland, grassland and woods. There's also good facilities such as a cafe and refreshment kiosk. |
This walk starts at the car park and takes you through the park to the adjacent Henley Wood and then through some lovely countryside to the pretty village of Luddesdown.
The walk makes use of the Wealdway long distance footpath, so you could continue along this trail to extend your walk. Also just to the north is Shorne Woods Country Park where you'll find 288 acres of rolling woodlands, wetlands and meadows. The park is located close to Rochester and Chatham.
|Capstone Farm Country Park||6 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.|
|Chartwell House||4 miles (7 km)||Explore the family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill on this short walk in Westerham, Kent. The hillside gardens include pretty lakes created by Churchill himself, a kitchen garden which produced fruit and vegetables for 10 Downing Street and the Marycot - a playhouse designed for his youngest daughter Mary. There is also an orchard with the colourful Japanese crab apple and a pretty rock garden.|
You can also explore the 800 acres of the wider estate with miles of woodland paths and fabulous views of the Weald from Mariners Hill. The walk also visits Toy's Hill with more than 200 acres (81 hectares) of woodland, abundant wildlife and more splendid views of the surrounding Kent countryside.
In the house the rooms remain much as they were when he lived there with a number of his fine paintings on display.
Chartwell is located just a few miles from Sevenoaks and Oxted. The Greensand Way walking route runs past the estate so there is scope for continuing your walk along this trail if you have time.
You could pick up the trail and head to the nearby Toys Hill. Here you will find a wonderful viewpoint with views over the Weald of Kent. The area also includes the delightful Emmetts Garden and has strong connections with Octavia Hill, the founder of the National Trust.
|Chelsfield Circular Walk||7 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.|
|Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve||5 miles (7.5 km)||Enjoy a circular walk around this delightful RSPB nature reserve in the North Kent Marshes. You can stroll along the numerous pools and enjoy a riverside section along the Thames. It's brilliant for wildlife spotting with huge numbers of wintering waders to look out for.
Avocet, Lapwing, Little egret and Turtle Dove are all regular visitors to the site. |
Cliffe Pools is located close to Rochester and Gravesend. You can park in the little village of Cliffe and walk to the reserve from there quite easily. The Saxon Shore Way long distance walk runs past the site so you could walk from Gravesend along the Thames to the reserve. It is a five mile walk from the town centre.
|Clowes Wood||3 miles (5.5 km)||Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this area of woodland near Whitstable. The site is also a nature reserve and includes attractive mixed woodland, heathland and wet meadow. Look out for wildlife which includes woodpeckers, Woodcock and if you're lucky an owl. |
Part of National Cycle Route 1, known as the Crab and Winkle Way, passes through the woods. You could follow this lovely traffic free path from nearby Whitstable to reach the woods.
The walk can be extended by heading east through Thornden Wood and West Blean Wood to the splendid Wildwood Forest Park. Here you will find a wonderful collection of animals including badgers, foxes, otters, pine marten and red squirrels. Also in Thornden Wood you can climb Knockhimdown Hill for nice views over the area.
|Darent Valley Path||19 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.
|Dunorlan Park||1 miles (2 km)||This large park in Royal Tunbridge Wells covers nearly 80 acres with some nice walking trails to try. It's located on the eastern edge of the town and a great place for a short stroll. There's lovely wide lawns, waterside paths along the large lake, attractive woodland and a Grecian Temple containing the Dancing Girl Statue. There's also a cascade, a Victorian water garden, ponds and a very fine fountain with dolphins, water nymphs and classical figures. The park's location also provides wonderful views of the surrounding countryside of the Weald.|
If you'd like to extend your walk you can pick up the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk and follow it west to the delightful Tunbridge Wells Common. On the common you'll find miles of walking trails taking you to woodland, heathland and ponds with a variety of wildlife to look out for.
|East Cliff and Warren Country Park||4 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 Walk||15 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 Way||22 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 Reserve||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy a tranquil walk around this beautiful Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey.|
|Emmetts Garden||1 miles (1 km)||This 19th century garden near Sevenoaks contains many exotic trees and shrubs from around the world. From its elevated position there are fabulous views over the Weald of Kent and the North Downs. Well laid out footpaths take you to an arboretum, exotic shrubs, rose garden and a rock garden. Other highlights include a lily pond and bluebell woodland.|
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to Toys Hill for more woodland trails and more great views. Chartwell House is located just to the west and has more nice trails through lovely parkland and gardens.
|Fowlmead Country Park||5 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 Way||107 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
|Groombridge Place Gardens||1 miles (2 km)||Explore the beautiful gardens surrounding this moated manor house in the village of Groombridge near Tunbridge Wells. There are a series of award winning gardens with delightful features such as a moat, streams and herbaceous borders. Highlights include the Secret Garden with blue agapanthus, foxgloves and gazania. The Oriental Garden has Japanese maples and an unusual grass fountain at its centre. The Knot Garden has a lovely pathway bordered by Yew Trees and a giant chessboard opposite.|
Wildlife is an important aspect of Groombridge Place. There are resident peacocks, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, piglets, alpacas, reindeer and Shetland ponies. There is also a zedonk - an unusual creature that is half donkey, half zebra. In the woodland section you should look out for deer.
The Raptor Centre puts on magnificent flying displays featuring feature eagles, hawks, owls and falcons and takes place at 12.30pm and 3.30 pm.
The 17th century manor was used Longbourn (home of the Bennets) for the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who lived in nearby Crowboroug, was a regular visitor to Groombridge Place. He used the house and gardens in some of his Sherlock Holmes stories and also took part in séances at the manor.
The Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk runs past the house so you could pick this trail up to continue your walk into the surrounding countryside.
|Haysden Country Park||3 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.|
|Hever Castle||2 miles (4 km)||Explore the beautiful grounds of this historic castle in Kent on this circular walk. Highlights in the park include:|
The 38 acre lake - enjoy the lakeside nature trail and views of the Italian Loggia and Japanese Tea House Folly. Look out for kingfishers, swans, herons and crested grebes on the lake as you go. You can also hire row boats, canoes and pedalos or take a trip on The African Queen Steamboat.
Mazes-a yew maze, planted in 1904 and a water maze where the goals is to get to the folly at the centre without getting wet!
Formal Gardens-Explore the stunning Italianate garden (including Fernery), rose gardens, a herb garden and topiary.
|High Weald Landscape Trail||94 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
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.
|Hucking Estate||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the ancient woodland and open grassland of the Hucking Estate in the Kent Downs AONB. Waymarked walking trails will take you along well surfaced paths with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. Spring is a great time for this walk as you will find a carpet of pretty bluebells in the delightful woodland glades. Free parking is available on Church Road, where this circular walk starts and finishes. |
If you'd like to extend your walk then you could follow the North Downs Way to the nearby White Horse Wood Country Park for more walking trails with great views. It is located about 2.5 miles to the west.
The Hucking Estate is located a few miles north east of Maidstone.
|Igtham Mote||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a peaceful stroll in the woodland, gardens and parkland surrounding this medieval moated manor house near Sevenoaks in Kent. There are three way-marked walks taking you around the gardens and into the wider estate.
The 14 acre gardens are a delight with an 18th-century cascade, orchard and an enclosed garden with a fountain. There's also pleasure grounds with a meandering stream, ornamental lake and specimen trees.|
This walk takes you around the gardens and then into the wider estate using the Greensand Way. You'll head to the nearby Wilmot Hill and then return via Broadhoath wood where there are peaceful woodland trails, a tranquil pond and a pretty stream. Look out for blackcap and buzzards as you make your way through this section.
If you'd like to continue your walk you could continue west along the Greensand Way towards the beautiful Knole Park where you will find a deer park, ancient woodland, dry heathland, acid grassland and wood pasture.
|Jeskyns Park||2 miles (2.5 km)||Explore the woodlands, ponds, orchards and wildflower meadows in this country park near Gravesend. Walkers can enjoy a number of waymarked surfaced paths and an 8km grass trail. There are also easy surfaced paths for cyclists. These are good for families looking for a safe ride. |
There's lots to see with 100 acres of meadowland with over 40 species of wildflower. You can also explore the orchards with apple, plum, cherry and pear trees. At Henhurst Lake you can look out for water loving wildlife while the woodland area and glades are a lovely tranquil place for a stroll too.
If you'd like to extend your outing then you could head to the nearby Shorne Woods Country Park where you'll find 288 acres of rolling woodlands, wetlands and meadows.
|Kent Coast||207 miles (333 km)||Walk the entirety of the beautiful Kent Coast on this long distance walk.|
|King's Wood Kent||2 miles (4 km)||This large area of woodland near Challock has miles of good walking trails to try. There's a good sized sculpture trail with a series of interesting wooden sculptures and pretty bluebells in the springtime. The ancient woodland is comprised of Sweet Chestnut, Beech, Corsican Pine and Douglas Fir. It's a great place for wildlife with species including fallow deer, adders, nightjars and green woodpeckers. |
The forest is located just to the east of Challock with a parking area on White Hill Road. It is not too far from Canterbury and Ashford.
This route is designed for walkers to explore the sculptures but there are also lots of good cycling trails on the hard forest roads and mountain bike trails in the woods. The North Downs Way also passes through the eastern end of the woods so you can pick up this bridleway section too.
|Knole Park||6 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.|
If you'd like to continue your walk you could follow the Greensand Way east towards the lovely Igtham Mote with its woodland, gardens and parkland surrounding a medieval moated manor house.
Just to the south you will find the delightful Riverhill Himalayan Gardens which has nice footpaths taking you to a walled garden with Himalayan-inspired grass-sculpted terraces and a large pond with fountains.
Just north of the park you can visit Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve and follow the waymarked trails around the five pretty lakes while looking out for a variety of wildfowl.
|Leeds Castle Maidstone||3 miles (5 km)||Explore the stunning grounds of this 19th century castle and former residence of Catherine of Aragon. There are 500 acres of beautiful parkland, open water and formal gardens to explore on well laid out walking paths. You can enjoy a waterside stroll along the River Len in the delightful Wood Garden with its Azaleas and Rhododendrons. The Culpeper Garden is also stunning with floral displays including Roses, Lupins, Poppies and Lads' Love. The Mediterranean Garden Terrace is also popular with a south facing aspect, authentic Mediterranean style, and superb views across the Great Water.|
Other attractions include a unique maze with 2,400 yew trees and an underworld grotto, with macabre forms and mythical beasts created from shells, minerals and wood. There are also super Falconry Displays with different birds of prey including Owls, Hawks, Falcons to Eagles.
Tours of the castle are well worthwhile with its magnificent state rooms, exquisite furnishings and historic paintings.
|Leybourne Lakes Country Park||4 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 Park||6 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.|
|Linton Park||3 miles (5 km)||Explore the stunning 19th-century landscape park surrounding this 18th-century country house in Linton, Kent. The house sits in 330 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland on a south facing greensand slope overlooking the valley of the River Beult. The estate is private property and is not open to the public, but the Greensand Way long distance walk crosses the parkland east-west to the north of the house and a public footpath crosses the southern parkland close to the lake on a similar alignment. The walk route below takes you along these paths.|
|Lower Leas Coastal Park||2 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 Park||3 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 Park||2 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 Walk||28 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 Park||3 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 Park||1 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 Park||2 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 Park||2 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 Way||133 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 Park||5 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 Park||4 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.
|Riverhill Himalayan Gardens||1 miles (1 km)||Enjoy an easy stroll around these beautiful gardens on this short walk near Sevenoaks. The gardens include bluebell woodland, rhododendrons and azaleas. There's also a walled garden with Himalayan-inspired grass-sculpted terraces and a large pond with fountains. You can enjoy a short climb to the little Everest viewpoint for wonderful views over the Weald of Kent. |
After your walk you can refresh yourself at the delightful Riverhill Cafe which offers a range of homemade and locally-sourced food and drink.
The gardens are situated on the Greensand Way long distance walk so there is scope for extending your exercise. You could pick up the path and head north to the nearby Knole Park where you will find 500 resident deer, ancient woodland, dry heathland, acid grassland and wood pasture.
|Riverside Country Park||3 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 Park||2 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 Way||160 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.
|Scotney Castle||3 miles (5 km)||Explore the 770 acres of woodland and parkland surrounding this 14th century moated castle near Tunbridge Wells. The gardens are stunning with rhododendrons and azaleas and the ruins of the Old Castle at the centre. The new house was built in the 19th century and overlooks the castle. It has grand rooms with fine furniture and paintings. |
After explorling the gardens you can follows miles of footpaths into the wider estate. You will pass woodland, ponds and also cross the River Bewl which flows through the grounds.
If you would like to continue your outing you could head to the nearby Bewl Water where you will find a circular walking route around a large reservoir. The Sussex Border Path also runs just to the south of Scotney Castle and can be easily picked up.
|Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve||2 miles (3 km)||Follow a series of well laid out footpaths around this lovely nature reserve on this short walk in Sevenoaks. The site covers 71 hectares (175 acres) and includes several lakes, ponds, reedbed and woodlands. The reserve attracts a wide variety of birds including Greylag Goose, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Moorhen, Coot, Great Crested Grebe and Tufted Duck. |
Waymarked trails take you around the lakes where you can stop and look out for the birds from one of the hides. You can also visit the pretty elemental gardens with wild flowers, orchids and habitats designed to attract various insects and butterflies.
There's also a very good visitor centre with a wealth of information and touch tables where you can handle birds nests and birds feathers.
If you would like to extend your walk you could head a couple of miles south and visit Knole Park. Here you will find 500 resident deer, ancient woodland, dry heathland, acid grassland and wood pasture.
|Sheerness Way||6 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 Park||2 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.|
If you'd like to extend your outing then you could head to the nearby Jeskyns Park which has woodlands, ponds, orchards and wildflower meadows to explore. You can also find more walking trails at the nearby Camer Park which is Meopham.
|Sissinghurt Castle||3 miles (4.5 km)||Explore the 460 acres of gorgeous Wealden countryside in the Sissinghurst Castle Estate on this walk in Kent. You can stroll through the stunning gardens before heading into the surrounding woodland to stretch your legs further. Highlights include the gazebo by the pretty moat, and the 16th century tower with vast panoramic views from the top.|
The gardens are varied and extensive with a rose garden, herb garden, orchard and glasshouses. There are also a number of ruined buildings and a library with a collection of 11000 rare books.
Sissinghurt Castle is located near Cranbrook and Tenterden in Kent.
|Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve||4 miles (6.5 km)||This delightful nature reserve near Canterbury boasts the largest reedbeeds in the South East of England. There are miles of well laid out footpaths taking you past the reedbeds, wet grazing meadows and lagoons where you will see a wide variety of wildlife. Look out for bearded reedlings, bitterns, marsh harriers, sandpipers, grebes, kingfishers and rare garganey ducks. You may also see water voles, weasels or even an otter. There are also several bird hides and an observation mound.|
If you wanted to continue your walk the adjacent Westbere Marshes are well worth a visit. The Stour Valley Walk also runs through the reserve so you could follow this footpath along the River Great Stour towards Canterbury which lies a few miles to the west of Stodmarsh.
|Stour Valley Walk||51 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 and Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve as you go. The final section then takes you from Sandwich to the delightful Pegwell Bay on the Stour Estuary.
|Sussex Border Path||137 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.
Route highlights include a climb to the highest point on the South Downs at Black Down in West Sussex. You'll also visit the lovely Weir Wood Reservoir and the interesting Bodiam Castle.
|Swale Heritage Trail||12 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 Park||3 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 Trail||115 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 Path||20 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 Way||27 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.|
|Toys Hill||4 miles (6 km)||Visit the highest point on the Kent Downs on this circular walk in Sevenoaks. There's hundreds of acres of woodland to explore with wonderful views over the Weald of Kent. |
This circular walk starts at the National Trust car park and follows footpaths to the Toys Hill viewpoint where you can stop and soak in the views over the Kent countryside. The route then heads along Scords Lane and Scords Wood where you pick up the Greensand Way to take you to the village of Ide Hill. On this section you will pass the memorial bench to Octavia Hill, the founder of the National Trust.
The pretty village of Ide Hill marks the half way point on the walk so it's a nice place to stop for refreshments. Ide hill has a nice village green and the 19th century St Mary's church, the highest church in Kent.
After leaving Ide Hill you head to the beautiful Emmetts Garden. The 19th century garden contains many exotic trees and shrubs from around the world. From here you head back to the car park via Scord Wood.
This route is designed for walking but you can also bring your bike to Toys Hill and pick up one of the bridleways through the woods. If you head along Scords Lane you can pick up a bridleway taking you through Scords Wood to Emmetts Garden.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head along the Greensand Way to the nearby Chartwell House.
|Trosley Country Park||4 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 Walk||27 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. You'll also pass Tunbridge Wells Common and the delightful Dunorlan Park as you pass through the town. The start and finish point for the route is at Southborough Common.|
|Tunbridge Wells Common||1 miles (2 km)||Explore this large green space on this pleasant walk in Tunbridge Wells. The common is criss-crossed with lots of nice walking trails and a cycle path. On the common you'll find woodland, heathland, ponds and a variety of wildlife. Look out for roe deer, voles, lizards and grass snakes. Around the ponds you can see frogs, toads, newts and dragonflies. |
The area is also well known for its sandstone outcrops and the Wellington Rocks where there are nice views over the cricket ground below.
The common is located next to The Pantiles just to the north of Tunbridge Wells West Rail Station.
It's easy to extend your walking in this lovely area. You can pick up the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk which explores the countryside, nature reserves and woodland surrounding the town. If you head north west you will soon come to Rusthall Common where there are more interesting shaped rocks such as Toad Rock and Loaf Rock. Also nearby is the splendid Broadwater Warren RSPB nature reserve. The reserve has miles of well laid out footpaths and a boardwalk through wet woodland to try.
Just to the east of the common is the splendid Dunorlan Park. The large public park has a pretty lake, wide open lawns and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside of the Weald.
For cyclists National Route 18 can be picked up from the western edge of the common. You can follow it west towards Friezland Wood, High Rocks and Groombridge.
|Vanguard Way||66 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 Walk||19 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.
|Wealdway||82 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 Trails||28 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 Dover 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.
|White Horse Wood Country Park||1 miles (1.5 km)||Enjoy fabulous views over the Kent Downs AONB in this new country park near Maidstone. The park contains well surfaced walking trails taking you through grassland and woodland. It also includes the medieval ruins of Thurnham castle and traces of an Iron Age settlement.|
The North Downs Way passes the park so you could pick this and head east to the nearby Hucking Estate to extend your walk.
|Wye Downs||3 miles (5 km)||Explore this lovely area of chalk downland and woodland near Wye in Kent. Wye Downs is a nature reserve with several dramatic coombes formed in the ice age. This includes the Devil's Kneading Trough, a steep-sided valley with views of Romney Marsh, the Weald and the English Channel. The area is also home to interesting flora and fauna including several species of rare orchid. |
This circular walk starts at the Wye Downs car park off Coldharbour Lane. From here you can pick up the North Downs Way and other footpaths to explore the reserve. The paths first head north to the Wye Crown. This hill figure was carved in the chalk by students in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII. The route then heads through the woodland of Pickersdane Scrubs before crossing Broad Downs and returning to the car park.
If you prefer you could visit the reserve by following the North Downs Way from the village of Wye. The village is very pretty and well worth exploring. It was voted the third best place to live in the UK in an annual broadsheet's review in 2013.
You can virtually explore Wye Downs using the google street view link below!