Kent

Kent County, United Kingdom
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Kent, a county of stunning contrasts, easily accessible from London and mainland Europe, offers so many attractions for walkers to explore. Kent has more castles, historic houses and listed buildings than any other English county, more than 180 gardens open to the public and, of course, historic cities alongside bustling market towns, picturesque villages and hidden hamlets. Walking along Kent's 4,200 miles (6,759 km) of paths is the perfect way to discover the many diverse landscapes to be enjoyed in the county - their history, their wildlife and their communities. For all the information you need about exploring the countryside and coast by bike, foot or horse, visit www.kent.gov.uk/explorekent.
Walking in Kent
Kent has over 4,200 miles of public rights of way, and over 340 miles of coastline, one of the longest in the UK.

Kent's dramatic coastline, rolling hills, chalk downland, woodland, orchards, vineyards and hop gardens offer a wide range of walks ensuring superb days out in the countryside and coast. You can enjoy panoramic views or explore the many historic villages and towns nestling in lush landscapes. With vibrant towns, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), famous castles, historic houses and gardens open to the public, there is so much to explore that visitors return time and time again for days out, short breaks and longer holidays.

From food walks at Faversham, to river walks along the Medway and easy access walks across the county, there are hundreds of circular walking routes to choose from which can take anything from an hour or two, to a full day out. Kent offers something for everyone.
Long distance walks are also popular in Kent. The Wealdway, 82 miles and the Greensand Way, 108 miles, both pass through fertile valleys and over rounded hilltops, which are typical of the beautiful Wealden landscape. The Saxon Shore Way, 160 miles, follows Kent's ancient coastline and the North Downs Way, 153 miles, follows much of the well-known and historic Pilgrims Way and offers far reaching views from the top of the North Downs ridge. Walking one of these routes could be the basis for a fantastic walking holiday in Kent.

If you are looking for a getaway by the sea, Kent boasts not only one of the longest coastlines of any county in the country but also one of the most diverse.

Landscapes range from Dover’s famous White Cliffs, overlooking the Channel and the coast of France, and the golden sands of famous resorts such as Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate, to the wildlife sanctuaries of the Medway Estuary and Cliffe Marshes and the haunting scenery of Romney Marsh.

As access to and from the sea has played such an important part in the shaping of Kent’s history, it is not surprising that coastal walking promises not only some of the most stimulating and memorable days out but also a fine introduction to the history of England.
The impressive remains at Reculver and Richborough remind visitors of the impact of the Roman invasion. More than 70 Martello Towers clearly illustrate the constant concerns about coastal defence, as do the Second World War fortifications on the clifftops at Dover. Meanwhile, the Medway Estuary with its castles and Historic Dockyard carry the imprint of numerous famous maritime expeditions and fears of invasion from across the seas.
Where to stay in Kent
Famous for its hospitality and fine local produce, Kent offers the full range of accommodation available from luxury spa and country house hotels to intimate, family-run bed and breakfast accommodation and well-serviced camping parks. To plan your stay in Kent, the Garden of England, visit www.visitkent.co.uk.
Cycling in Kent
Wherever you are in Kent, from the heart of the Weald to its varied coastline, deep in a country park or investigating one of its picturesque market towns, you'll find it's simply more fun by bike.

Kent's country parks offer great opportunities for traffic-free cycling, while superb new facilities such as Bedgebury and Penshurst Off Road Centre offer more challenging two-wheeled excitement.

Kent's coastal routes are equally varied and offer a great way to get exercise and fresh air at the same time. Visit the Sustrans cycle map to see the best places to take two wheels.

More people are also taking advantage of Kent's many cycle clubs. They organise social cycling events and rides throughout the year and provide lots of advice and support for new riders.
Parks in Kent
There are hundreds of parks and open spaces in Kent. From large country parks with all the facilities you could need to patches of woodland teeming with wildlife. Explore Kent has a comprehensive online parks search which lets you choose the perfect park in Kent.

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Rusthall Common - Easy Access Trail
Parent & toddler walks by Kent High Weald Partnership
Easy
0.3 mi/
0.5 km
Easy
0.7 mi/
1.1 km
Tunbridge Wells Common - Easy Access Trail
Parent and toddler walks by Kent Weald Partnership
Easy
0.8 mi/
1.3 km
Easy
0.9 mi/
1.4 km
Pepenbury - Easy Access Trail
Parent & toddler walks by Kent High Weald Partnership
Easy
1.0 mi/
1.6 km
Easy
1.3 mi/
2.0 km
Dunorlan Park - Easy Access Trail
Parent & toddler walks by Kent High Weald Partnership
Easy
1.6 mi/
2.6 km
Easy
1.8 mi/
2.9 km
Leybourne Lakes
Walks for All
Easy
1.8 mi/
2.9 km
The River and Yew - Wateringbury 
Medway Valley Rail Trails
Easy
1.8 mi/
2.9 km
Easy
2.0 mi/
3.2 km
Saltwood Saunter- Brockhill Country Park
Walks from Kent Country Parks
Easy
2.1 mi/
3.4 km
Kingsdown and Walmer
Walks in East Kent
Easy
2.2 mi/
3.5 km
A natural haven - Hamstreet
Circular Walks along the Saxon Shore Way
Easy
2.3 mi/
3.7 km
Jane Austen and Tonbridge
Literary Walks from Kent Libraries & Archives
Easy
2.4 mi/
3.9 km
Easy
2.5 mi/
4.0 km
Cranbrook North- A Walk Through Time
Walks from Cranbrook by Kent High Weald Parnership
Easy
2.6 mi/
4.2 km
Lakes and Marshes- New Hythe
Medway Valley Rail Trails
Easy
2.9 mi/
4.7 km
The Great Stour Way
Explore Kent by Bike
Easy
3.0 mi/
4.8 km
Teston River Walk
Circular walks along the Medway Valley Path
Easy
3.0 mi/
4.8 km
Edenbridge
Walks in West Kent
Easy
3.0 mi/
4.8 km
A feast of fine architecture - Rochester
Circular Walks along the Saxon Shore Way
Easy
3.0 mi/
4.8 km
Cranbrook
Walks in West Kent
Easy
3.0 mi/
4.8 km
Mills and Meadows - Horton Kirby
Circular walks along the Darent Valley Path
Easy
3.2 mi/
5.2 km
Reculver
Walks in East Kent
Easy
3.5 mi/
5.6 km
Elham
Walks in East Kent
Easy
3.7 mi/
6.0 km
Marsh Green
Walks in West Kent
Easy
3.8 mi/
6.1 km
Orchards and oasts - Linton
Circular Walks along the Greensand Way
Easy
3.9 mi/
6.3 km
Hops and Locks-Beltring
Medway Valley Rail Trails
Easy
4.0 mi/
6.4 km
South Foreland Lighthouse
Walks in East Kent
Easy
4.0 mi/
6.4 km
Parkland and Parakeets - Knole Park
Circular Walks along the Greensand Way
Easy
4.1 mi/
6.6 km
Pluckley
Walks in East Kent
Easy
4.2 mi/
6.8 km
Easy
4.3 mi/
6.9 km
Hadlow River Walk
Circular Walk along the Medway Valley Path
Easy
4.5 mi/
7.2 km
Goodnestone
Walks in East Kent
Easy
4.5 mi/
7.2 km
Faversham
Walks in East Kent
Easy
4.6 mi/
7.4 km
Knights and Kingfishers - Strood
Medway Valley Rail Trails
Easy
4.7 mi/
7.6 km
Meopham
Walks in West Kent
Easy
4.7 mi/
7.6 km
Two Creeks Walk-Faversham
Faversham Food Trails
Easy
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
Chartham
Walks in East Kent
Easy
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
Horsmonden
Walks in West Kent
Easy
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
East Malling
Walks in West Kent
Easy
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
Shipbourne
Walks in West Kent
Easy
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
Appledore
Walks in East Kent
Easy
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
Harrietsham
Walks in West Kent
Easy
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
Sutton Valence
Walks in West Kent
Easy
5.2 mi/
8.4 km
Otford
Walks in West Kent
Easy
5.3 mi/
8.5 km
First Fruit- Faversham
Faversham Food Trails
Easy
5.5 mi/
8.9 km
The Tudor Cycle Trail
Explore Kent by bike
Easy
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
The Oyster Bay Trail
Explore Kent by bike
Easy
6.7 mi/
10.8 km
A Walk on the Wild Side- Faversham
Faversham Food Trails
Easy
7.5 mi/
12.1 km
Isle of Harty Cycle Trail
Explore Kent by Bike
Easy
8.0 mi/
12.9 km
Earth, Wind and Water- Faversham
Faversham Food Trails
Easy
11.0 mi/
17.7 km
A Kentish Safari- Lympne
Circular walks along the Saxon Shore Way
Moderate
2.7 mi/
4.3 km
Moderate
3.0 mi/
4.8 km
Relax under wide skies - Stone-in-Oxney 
Circular walks along the Saxon Shore Way
Moderate
3.2 mi/
5.2 km
Moderate
3.3 mi/
5.3 km
Trosley Ramble - Trosley Country Park
Walks from Kent Country Parks
Moderate
3.5 mi/
5.6 km
Cranbrook South- A walk through time
Walks from Cranbrook by Kent High Weald Partnership
Moderate
3.8 mi/
6.1 km
West to East - Maidstone West
Medway Valley Rail Trails
Moderate
4.2 mi/
6.8 km
Wye Downs
Walks in East Kent
Moderate
4.3 mi/
6.9 km
Farms and Downs- Snodland
Medway Valley Rail Trails
Moderate
4.5 mi/
7.2 km
Guarding the Gateway- St Margaret's Bay
Circular walks along the Saxon Shore Way
Moderate
4.7 mi/
7.6 km
Landscapes and Romance- Otford
Circular Walks along the Darent Valley Path
Moderate
4.9 mi/
7.9 km
Coppice & Corncockle - Cuxton 
Medway Valley Rail Trails
Moderate
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
Wonderfully wild woodland - Westerham
Circular walks along the Greensand Way
Moderate
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
Oare - boatyards and bunting
Walks along the Saxon Shore Way
Moderate
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
Moderate
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
Moderate
5.2 mi/
8.4 km
Oasts and Orchards - Paddock Wood 
Medway Valley Rail Trails
Moderate
5.3 mi/
8.5 km
Yalding River Walk
Circular walks along the Medway Valley Path
Moderate
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
Moderate
6.1 mi/
9.8 km
Farming and Ferries- Halling
Medway Valley Rail Trails
Moderate
6.2 mi/
10.0 km
Coldrum Trail - Trosley Country Park
Walks from Kent Country Parks
Moderate
6.2 mi/
10.0 km
Hills and Hoppers - Yalding
Medway Valley Rail Trails
Moderate
6.2 mi/
10.0 km
Butterflies and bees - Lullingstone
Circular Walks along the Darent Valley Path
Moderate
6.6 mi/
10.6 km
Pits and Pilgrims- Aylesford
Medway Valley Rail Trails
Moderate
7.1 mi/
11.4 km
Crab and Winkle Way
Explore Kent by bike
Moderate
7.5 mi/
12.1 km
Goudhurst- A Walk Through Time
Walks from Cranbrook by Kent High Weald Partnership.
Moderate
10.0 mi/
16.1 km
Sissinghurst- A Walk Through Time
Walks from Cranbrook by Kent High Weald Partnership
Moderate
10.2 mi/
16.4 km
Benenden- A Walk Through Time
Walks from Cranbrook by Kent High Weald Partnership
Moderate
10.7 mi/
17.2 km
Syndale Valley Walk- Faversham
Faversham Food Trails
Moderate
11.0 mi/
17.7 km
A Land For All Seasons- Faversham
Faversham Food Trails
Moderate
11.0 mi/
17.7 km
The Heron Trail
Explore Kent by bike
Moderate
15.5 mi/
25 km
The Viking Coastal Trail
Explore Kent by bike
Moderate
27 mi/
43 km
Coast to Cathedral
Explore Kent by bike
Moderate
50 mi/
80 km
Wealden Cycle Trail
Explore Kent by bike
Difficult
40 mi/
64 km
Charles Dickens and Higham
Literary Walks from Kent Libraries & Archives
n/a
6.6 mi/
10.6 km
n/a
13.0 mi/
21 km
Sandwich to Rye
Explore Kent by bike
n/a
54 mi/
87 km
As pretty as a picture - Shipbourne
Circular Walks along the Greensand Way
n/a
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
Bedgebury- A Walk Through Time
Walks from Cranbrook by Kent High Weald Partnership
n/a
12.7 mi/
20 km
Peaceful paths and inspiring hills - Ide Hill
Circular walks along the Greensand Way
n/a
4.0 mi/
6.4 km
Christopher Marlowe and Canterbury
Literary Walks from Kent Libraries & Archives
n/a
1.6 mi/
2.6 km
n/a
10.3 mi/
16.6 km
n/a
1.6 mi/
2.6 km
Fertile farms in the heart of Kent - Egerton
Circular Walks along the Greensand Way
n/a
3.1 mi/
5.0 km
Soar with the birds - Eynsford
Circular Walks along the Darent Valley Path
n/a
1.8 mi/
2.9 km
Flights over the fairways - Sandwich
Circular walks along the Saxon Shore Way
n/a
5.3 mi/
8.5 km
n/a
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
Pilgrims Cycle Trail
Explore Kent by Bike
n/a
47 mi/
76 km
Sheerness Way - Cycle route
Explore Kent by bike
n/a
6.3 mi/
10.1 km
A taste of the Garden of England- Grove Ferry
Circular Walks along the Saxon Shore Way
n/a
5.5 mi/
8.9 km
Guides
Shipbourne
Shipbourne
Shipbourne, Kent, United Kingdom
 
Easy: 5.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Walks in West Kent
Harrietsham
Harrietsham
Harrietsham, England, United Kingdom
 
Easy: 5.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Walks in West Kent
Faversham
Faversham
Faversham, England, United Kingdom
 
Easy: 4.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Walks in East Kent
Meopham
Meopham
Meopham, Kent, United Kingdom
 
Easy: 4.7 miles, 1-3 hours
Walks in West Kent
Chartham
Chartham
Chartham, England, United Kingdom
 
Easy: 5.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Walks in East Kent
Otford
Otford
Otford, Kent, United Kingdom
 
Easy: 5.3 miles, 1-3 hours
Walks in West Kent
The Viking Coastal Trail
The Viking Coastal Trail
Thanet, Kent, England
 
Moderate: 27 miles
Explore Kent by bike
Crab and Winkle Way
Crab and Winkle Way
Canterbury, Kent, England
 
Moderate: 7.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Explore Kent by bike
Appledore
Appledore
Appledore, England, United Kingdom
 
Easy: 5.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Walks in East Kent
Pluckley
Pluckley
Pluckley, England, United Kingdom
 
Easy: 4.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Walks in East Kent
Edenbridge
Edenbridge
Edenbridge, Kent, United Kingdom
 
Easy: 3.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Walks in West Kent
Sutton Valence
Sutton Valence
Sutton Valence, England, United Kingdom
 
Easy: 5.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Walks in West Kent
Community Trips
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Shorne Country Park
by HikingMoose on Jul 23, 2009
Shorne, Kent, United Kingdom
1.7 miles
Walking Around Gravesham 1: Shorne Country Park
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A tour around Mad Jack Fuller's Follies
by AlanSmith on Jun 07, 2011
Brightling, England, United Kingdom
5.9 miles
We met close to Brightling Needle at a convenient place to park. The weather was beautiful for walking, sunny with a slight breeze and not too hot. The rain from the weekend had mostly dried up so the going was very good with very little mud. The walk allows views of all of the follies although you cant get up close to them all. We all enjoyed a lovely lunch in The...
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Trosley Country Park
by HikingMoose on Jul 26, 2009
Vigo, Kent, United Kingdom
3.0 miles
Walking Around Gravesham 2: Trosley Country Park
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Autumn walk - Otford Circular (Walk 43)
by Haofeng on Oct 17, 2010
Otford, Kent, United Kingdom
8.5 miles
Time Out Country Walks near London Volume 1 Walk 43 : Otford Circular Romney Street, Shoreham and the Darent Valley 12.2 km(7.6 miles) Toughness: 5 out of 10http://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_1/walk_43/index.shtml
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Ashdown Forest
by Inrepose on Sep 18, 2010
United Kingdom
3.1 miles
Family walk through Ashdown Forest, Just under 3 Miles. Some great wildlife seen including deer, lizards and various Dor beetles. 
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Whitstable Bay
by HikingMoose on Aug 03, 2009
Whitstable Bay, Kent, United Kingdom
1.8 miles
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Bedgebury
by dazza46866d on May 22, 2011
Ticehurst, England, United Kingdom
16.7 miles
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Stour Valley Walk, East Stourmouth to Deal
by southbucksway on Aug 16, 2010
East Stourmouth, England, United Kingdom
14.1 miles
Staying in Elmstone we only had a short walk before picking up the Stour Valley near East Stourmouth. Many miles are walked through orchards and you'll see little of the Stour until reaching Sandwich. After Sandwich the walk takes you right through Royal St George's Golf Club before heading South along the coast to Deal. We were tired after nearly 15 miles walking so we headed for the station where we picked up...
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Westerham and Chartwell circular walk
by MatSmith on Apr 23, 2011
Westerham, England, United Kingdom
6.9 miles
This was a 6.9 mile circular walk through woodland around Westerham and chartwell.
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St. Ives Camping - walk 1
by Dis on Jul 13, 2009
Hartfield, East Sussex, United Kingdom
3.7 miles
A nice walk starting from the top field at the campsite.

Reviews
al68
Nice place, I live there. Take a walk from Folkestone along the Saxon shore Way and North Downs way to Saltwood and Hythe.
Visited on Oct 24, 2012

by al68 on Nov 08, 2012
Purpletornado
Great off road route. Mostly flat with some hills. Start point at Minnis Bay has free parking, cafe and loos. Lots of birds along the shore towards Minnis Bay. Osyster farm. Wonderful cliff top site of Reculver ruins. Over grass then on very minor roads down to the promendade to Herne Bay. Have to take the road through Herne Bay and up and down the hill to the Hampton Pub. BUt the road was very quiet in September. Then back to the cyle path along the seafront to Tankerton.
Visited on Sep 06, 2012

by Purpletornado on Sep 12, 2012
tomguiss
Excellent citytrip to Canterbury. The old town and cathedral are really impressive !
Visited on Nov 13, 2011

by tomguiss on Jan 12, 2012
A1
Selsdon Thursday Walkers (David Russel).
Lovely Autumn day starting fr a classic English cricket green at Leigh.
A few climbs but easy on styles and a lot of flat non muddy surface.
Great countryside around Penshurst Place and village. Church at Penshurst worth a look.

Visited on Jun 21, 2011

by A1 on Sep 17, 2011
A1
Selsdon Thursday Walkers (David Russel).
Lovely Autumn day starting fr a classic English cricket green.
A few climbs but easy on styles and a lot of flat non muddy surface.
Great countryside around Penshurst Place and village. Church at Penshurst worth a look.

Visited on Jun 21, 2011

by A1 on Sep 17, 2011

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