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Beautiful walks in Kent - the garden of England

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Beautiful walks in Kent - the garden of England

Hiking Collection by Kit P

8

Tours

28:50 h

66.9 mi

3,975 ft

From chalk cliffs to fruit orchards, and from sleepy villages to the largest shingle beach in Europe, you’ll always have a new view to enjoy on these walks. Known as the Garden of England for its lush landscape, South Kent will show you all the varied terrain it has to offer. When you’re finished walking, or perhaps during, there’ll always be a quaint country pub or cafe to quench your first and satisfy your hunger.

These eight walks are scattered across the south of Kent and will lead you to its most impressive spots. You'll walk across the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover, starting in the port town itself before heading up and past breathtaking sea views with some amazing photo opportunities. Heading further south and around the coast takes you to Dungeness, a surreal landscape punctuated by converted railway carriage houses, rare plants and birds, and a pair of imposing lighthouses sticking out from the stark terrain.

Other Tours take you into 'the garden' itself with the walk at Hawkshurst and the Sussex Border taking you through primly-lined apple orchards and past historic oast houses. The Bigbury Hill Fort route takes you up to a hillfort that was first occupied over 2,000 years ago. Finally, you can hike part of The Pilgrims Way, known colloquially as the 'British Camino', along with the Charing to Wye and North Downs Way walks. A short detour takes you up a ridge to fully appreciate the incredible views across Kent on the Devil’s Kneading Trough.

While these hikes are a little spread out, the transport links in Kent are some of the best in the country so getting to each is often quick and easy. For accommodation, the beautiful cathedral city of Canterbury is a great central point to travel from. When you're done walking for the day you can head into the centre of Canterbury for some great restaurants, cafes and bars.

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    North Downs Way Chilham — walks in Kent

    Difficult
    05:11
    11.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    When you’re talking about walking in Kent, it’s never long until some mentions the North Downs Way, a 150-mile (240 km) long-distance hike taking you from Farnham through the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs. This Tour is your chance to walk a small section of it through beautiful woods and along a stretch

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  • Intermediate
    02:37
    5.91 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Whilst Kent isn't known for its steep terrain and tough climbs, there are the occasional exceptions. The Devil's Kneading Trough is one of them. Featuring a steep climb up an incline of nearly 20% at times, you are rewarded with an incredible view of Devil’s Kneading Trough, a deep geological feature

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  • Intermediate
    02:51
    6.52 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For a beautiful weekend stroll, this loop starting from Bishopsbourne is absolutely ideal. As you meander through lush woodland and quiet country lanes, you'll be treated to wildlife and blissful serenity. You start and finish in the tiny village of Bishopsbourne, with its impeccably maintained main

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  • Intermediate
    02:33
    5.98 mi
    2.3 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Starting and finishing in Chartham, a small village on the banks of the River Stour, this walk takes you through beautiful British countryside and up to the Bigbury Camp Hillfort, a prehistoric earthwork dating back to first century BC.

    

    You start your walk in Chartham, an easily accessible village with

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  • Intermediate
    04:25
    10.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Over 10 miles (16 km), you hike through blissfully tranquil Kent countryside. Bedgebury Woods is the main objective on this Tour, and is a vibrant forest filled with tracks and trails. If you want a detour, you can visit the wood’s Pinetum, a phenomenal collection of conifers.

    

    This Tour begins and ends

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  • Difficult
    05:29
    13.5 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This Tour takes you along Europe's largest shingle beach in an evocative, bare landscape. Starting in the old port of New Romney on the southeastern tip of England, you head south over the shingles towards one of the UK’s seven active nuclear power stations, at Dungeness.

    

    As you head into the Dungeness

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  • Intermediate
    03:50
    8.97 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Taking you through the beautiful Kent countryside and along the Pilgrims Way for a stretch, this walk is perfect for a long dog walk, or just a simple weekend stroll to stretch your legs and recharge your mind. You start in the historic Anglo-Saxon village of Charing before heading out into the quintessential

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  • Easy
    01:54
    3.92 mi
    2.1 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The White Cliffs of Dover are amongst the UK's most famous sights and this walk is your chance to see them up close. As you follow these imposing chalk cliffs, you'll be immersed in endless seascapes and epic scenery. Starting in the historic port of Dover, you start your climb over the port and up onto

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    66.9 mi
  • Duration
    28:50 h
  • Elevation
    3,975 ft

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