From chalks cliffs to fruit orchards, and the largest shingle beach in Europe, you’ll constantly have a new view to enjoy on these walks. Known as the garden of England for its beautiful lush landscape, South Kent will show you all the varied terrain it has to offer. When you’re finished walking, or quite often during, there’ll always be a quaint country pub or cafe to quench your first and satisfy your hunger.
These seven walks are scattered across the South of Kent and will show you 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.
You'll then head into "the garden" itself with the walk at Hawkshurst and Sussex Border taking you through primly lined apple orchards and past historic oast houses, and Bigbury Hill Fort taking you up to a hilltop fort that was first occupied over 2000 years ago. Finally, you’ll experience The Pilgrims way, known colloquially as the “British Camino”, with the Charing to Wye and North Downs Way walks with a short detour taking 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 and ensure getting to each is 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 center of Canterbury for some great restaurants, cafes and bars.
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This tour takes you along Europe's largest shingle beach in a truly post-apocalyptic, barren 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 Nature Reserve, you can expect to see a plethora of uncommon plants and insects as well as migratory birds in the Autumn and an eclectic scattering of dwellings from converted railway carriages to stoic wooden cottages.
At the southernmost point of the walk, you pass the brutalist Dungeness Powerstation and head towards the imposing lighthouse. Don’t miss your chance to pop into the Britannia Inn for some cheap and easy British fare and a drink before heading back up along the coast toward New Romney We can guarantee this hike will leave you feeling a little unsettled and for us, that’s part of its unique charm.
Set on the border of Kent and Sussex, this walk takes you through affluent villages and into the rolling hills of the Garden of Kent. You'll see Oast Houses from the county's history as the hop-growing centre of the worlds, and beautiful cider orchards still growing apples.
Starting in Hawkhurst, the walk takes you west and up through old agricultural areas known in the past for growing the vast amounts of hops that Kent was once known for. You'll then head north, passing the Hawkhurst Community Hospital, a small cottage hospital with just 22 beds, and up into Bedgebury Forest, a lush pine forest which is home to the one of the world's best conifer collections.
Finally, you skirt around the edge of the Uk's second best known Primrose Hill and head back south into Hawkhurst to end the walk back at the train station, or head to Hawkhurst cafe for some homemade food and coffee.
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 dated back to the first century BC.
You start your walk in Chartham, an easily accessible village with great car and rail links and head out along the Great Stour Way towards the cathedral city of Canterbury. Just before hitting the outskirts of this historic city, you head north and cross the Pilgrims way before starting an easy climb up the hill to the fort itself.
Whilst there is not much left at the fort, the history geek within is sure to appreciate the ancient atmosphere of this Iron Age earthwork. It’s thought that Julius Caesar himself may have stepped foot here, and whilst the area has been thoroughly excavated, do keep an eye at the ground for valuable roman artifacts. You never know!
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