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6 Stunning Locations for Walks in Kent

By Kirsty Lavender – 11th June 2020
white cliffs boat

My family and I love getting outside for a walk and luckily Kent has a whole host of beautiful settings for us to enjoy. The majority of the time we head to the coast but Kent also offers beautiful countryside and woodland perfect for exploring. With lockdown in place, we are taking advantage of these beauty spots now more than ever. Whether you are heading out with the kids, in search of amazing views or just looking for something a little different there is something for everyone here.

 

White Cliffs of Dover

Now I think this has to be my favourite place to go for a walk in Kent. With breathtaking views and a great place to stop for a picnic; this is one we do often. The world-famous cliffs jut dramatically out to sea so that you can enjoy an exhilarating walk with unrivalled views of the English Channel. There is a variety of flora and fauna and if you’re lucky you might even come across a few grazing Exmoor Ponies.
Follow the meandering paths along the cliffs (being careful not to venture too close to the edge!) and make your way to South Foreland Lighthouse where you can refuel at Mrs Knott’s Tearoom with a cup of tea and delicious homemade cake.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-white-cliffs-of-dover

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/south-foreland-lighthouse

Dungeness

Known as the ‘Desert of England’ this place is a bit like Marmite with not everyone seeing its charm. I, however, love it! It’s as surreal and strange as it is stunning. Made up mostly of shingle, the barren landscape stretches out before you with almost an apocalyptic feel, the old fisherman huts and discarded fishing equipment look like bizarre sculptures in the distance which makes it a popular spot with photographers. Not to everyone’s taste but definitely to mine.

Stop at the Snack Shack for lunch; serving up delicious seafood, caught locally by the family-run business.

http://www.dungenesssnackshack.net/menu/4586428396

Victory Woods (Nr Whitstable)

A stunning walk which also provides a history lesson too! The woods were planted in order to mark the 200th anniversary of Britain’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. On this walk, you’ll see various features related to the battle including sculptures.
In all honesty though I just go for the breathtaking scenery and the hope of spotting a few grazing sheep! Head up to the top of the hill to take in views of the Kent coastline and surrounding countryside. From here you can easily gain access to the beautiful Blean woodland.

https://explorekent.org/activities/victory-wood/

Thornden Woods (nr Herne Bay)

There are so many beautiful woodlands in Kent so it was very difficult to choose however as a Mum this one gets my pick every time. It has a lovely little sensory trail that we have been taking Finley to since he could walk. This includes wooden animal sculptures, bug hotels and plenty of information to keep the children entertained.

No children with you? There are plenty of other routes you can take. Keep an eye out for the grazing Konik Ponies (although I’ve not spotted them yet!) My favourite time to go is in Autumn so that I can enjoy all the rich reds and oranges of the leaves – beautiful!

https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/west-blean-and-thornden-woods

Canterbury Riverside

I love this walk as it quickly takes you from the hubbub of the city to gorgeous green spaces very quickly! We often pair this walk with a spot of lunch in Canterbury after (there are so many great places!)
Start at Westgate Towers, a medieval gatehouse now a bar, restaurant and escape room, and head over to the River Stour. This is particularly beautiful around springtime when the colourful flowers are in bloom. Follow the river and you’ll soon find yourself in tranquil countryside, watching the river punts go lazily by and strolling past fields of grazing cows. This route is also a popular one for cyclists.

https://explorekent.org/activities/great-stour-way/#:~:text=It%20is%20a%20three%20mile,Area%20of%20Outstanding%20Natural%20Beauty.

Reculver (nr Herne Bay)

As well as being an easy route with gorgeous views out to sea, this is a perfect walk to take in some history too. Start at Reculver; here you can explore the ruins of St Mary’s Church which sit within a Roman Fort (most of which has been washed out to sea) At the site, there is a fab play park for the kids (this does get very busy in the school holidays) and is a great spot to have a picnic. Take a peaceful walk along the coast to Minnis Bay, stop here for a paddle in the sea or even an ice cream, before heading back.

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/reculver-towers-and-roman-fort/

 

I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I do!

Kirsty x

Kirsty Boyd Kent
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