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Known as ‘the Garden of England’, walks in Kent are colourful, invigorating, and rich in heritage. From the famous coast around Dover and the county’s blue flag beaches to the many trails found through its many woodlands, along its bountiful rivers and into its nature reserves, Kent is a walker’s delight.


Home to two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Kent Downs and the High Weald, as well as the eastern end of the North Downs Way National Trail, there’s vast opportunity for exploration on two feet. The region’s chalk grassland is rich in wildlife, particularly in spring when you can expect a cornucopia of colour.


Hikes in Kent are wonderful all year round and there’s plenty to interest history buffs. From remnants of and memorials to the Second World War to grand country estates, formidable castles and intricate, magnificent cathedrals and ancient hillforts, Kent has seen more than its share of British history.


Top 20 best walks and hikes in Kent

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    Intermediate
    04:18
    9.86 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:17
    9.70 mi
    2.3 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:23
    7.85 mi
    2.3 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Difficult
    05:48
    13.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:16
    5.27 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:41
    8.10 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:06
    7.36 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:53
    4.05 mi
    2.1 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:56
    5.99 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:20
    5.25 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:16
    7.44 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    04:54
    11.7 mi
    2.4 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    06:35
    14.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:48
    8.55 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    04:05
    8.77 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:37
    5.87 mi
    2.2 mph
    575 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:09
    4.82 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:15
    7.33 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:29
    7.70 mi
    2.2 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:19
    5.19 mi
    2.2 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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Gorgeous hiking in Kent’s AONBs


Running diagonally across the county, the Kent Downs AONB’s colourful pastures, chalk grassland, ancient woodlands and diverse habitats are sure to enthral. Nature lovers will be in their element in the many nature reserves and there are 38 Sites of Special Scientific Interest due to the region’s biodiversity. This is a region where orchids and butterflies abound, vineyards thrive and birdsong is a near constant presence in the broad, scenic valleys.


The eastern end of the High Weald AONB is also a wonderfully tranquil region to explore. The High Weald Landscape Trail, a 90-mile (145 km) long-distance trail from Horsham to Rye, meanders through the region, linking picturesque ridge-top villages and some of the immaculate gardens the county is renowned for.

Famous white cliffs and gorgeous sea views


Some of the finest walks in Kent explore its heritage coastline, where scenic beauty, history and iconic sights combine. From the quintessentially British landmark of the White Cliffs of Dover to the artistic appeal of Folkestone, there’s much to discover. Walkers can hop along the shingle shore, hunt for life in the rock pools, or take to the trails along the clifftops and enjoy superb sea views. The salt marshes and mudflats of the Isle of Sheppey are a nature lover’s dream, with waterfowl, owls, avocets and brightly coloured butterflies.


In the far east of the county is the scenic Thanet Peninsula and the vibrant towns of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs. The Viking Coastal Trail delineates the region, visiting its sandy beaches, nature reserves and popular swimming bays.


A fruitful county of castles, vineyards, orchards and country estates


Many of the best hiking trails in Kent can be found around its most beguiling architectural sites. Objectives like the medieval moated manor house of Ightham Mote, the grand Knole country house or the astonishing Sissinghurst Castle Garden are surrounded by sumptuous grounds and countryside, allowing you to marvel at the grandeur of their creation and take in the county’s natural sights.


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