Elham Valley Way
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, views of the Nailbourne river and the famous Cathedral at Canterbury at the end of the route.
The walk runs for a distance of about 22 miles with some moderate climbs along the way.
Elham Valley Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Elham Valley Way Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Elham Valley Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Elham Valley Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
One nice idea is to stop off in the pretty village of Elham itself. Here you could pay a visit to the Rose and Crown. The pub is set in a noteworthy Grade II Listed building which dates from the 16th century and was previously used as the local courtroom. Today the pub does good food and can be found at a postcode of CT4 6TD for your sat navs. The pub is also very dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The route joins with two other long distance trails in the shape of the North Downs Way and the Saxon Shore Way. These two waymarked trails provide an opportunity for extending your walking in the area.
Around Folkestone you could take a slight detour to visit Peene Quarry and the Folkestone White Horse. There's fine views over the Channel Tunnel Terminal and the coast from here. Near here you can also explore the splendid East Cliff and Warren Country Park and enjoy some well laid out paths, a visitor centre, cafe, eye catching steep cliffs and more spectacular views.
Just east of Canterbury you can visit the Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve which boasts the largest reedbeeds in the South East of England. This area also includes the lovely Grove Ferry Walk which starts at the eastern end of the reserve. There's a car park, picnic area, boat trips and a fine riverside pub here. At the western end of the reserve you'll also find the Westbere Marshes and the noteworthy town of Fordwich. Fordwich is notable as Britain's smallest town and also has a great pub with a dining terrace overlooking the Stour.
For more walking ideas in the area see the High Weald Walks and Kent Downs Walks pages.