Recreational walks in Kent
The following are lists of recreational walks in
Beacon Wood Country Park, located on the B225 road close to Bean, south of Bluewater Shopping Centre. Has circular walks and an easy access route. No toilets.
*Bedgebury National Pinetum (near
Goudhurst) has a range of walks and an easy access trail, plus various cycle tracks too. The Visitor Centre is accessed from the B2079 road, about 1 kilometre from the A21 road.
*Blean Woods National Nature Reserve has trails ranging from 1.5 to 13 kilometres, one of which is an easy access trail. The reserve is accessed off the A290, with the entrance opposite
Bleanvillage. Picnic area but no toilets.
*Bough Beech Nature Reserve, at the north end of
Bough Beech Reservoir, has a nature trail.
Brockhill Country Parknear Sandling(signposted from Junction 11 of the M20 road) has circular walks of 5 and 9.5 kilometres with gates, stiles and steps. These walks link to the Saxon Shore Way. Also shorter walks. A leaflet is available from the Visitor Centre.
*Brookers Farm circular walk, starts from Caldecott Farm off the B2075 road near
Chartwellhas 3 waymarked walks that are accessible even when the property is closed, leaflets available when they are open.
*Cromers Wood Nature Reserve has waymarked circular walks. It is located to the south of
Sittingbourneoff the B2163 road between Tunstall and Rodmersham. No toilets.
*Dartford Heath has walks of 1.8 kilometers and 1 kilometer, and an easy access trail of 1.3 kilometers. Start at the car park on Heath Road between Dartford and Wilmington. No toilets.
*Dering Wood near
Pluckleyhas a waymarked trail. It is located off the Headcornto Pluckleyroad.
*Dungeness National Nature Reserve at
Dungenesshas an easy access nature trail. The RSPB has a Visitor Centre at the site.
*East Blean Wood has a circular walk of just under a kilometre and a 2.5 kilometre 'figure of 8' walk. Located off the A291 road on Hicks Forstal Road (signposted to
*Evegate Craft Centre. Circular walks from the craft centre.
Evegateis signposted off the A20 road between Folkestoneand Ashford.
*Faesten Dic Walk at
Joydens Wood(near Bexleyand Dartford). 3.3 kilometre circular waymarked trail (following 'Faesten Dic Arrow' waymarks) through the woods and wetlands (the latter on boardwalks). Access is via Ferndell Avenue off of Summerhouse Drive.
*Golding Hop Farm and Bewley Land House. A circular walk in
Plaxtol. (Directions: from Plaxtol, take Sheet Hill Road next to the church, then take the first left and look for the signboards).
*Grove Ferry Picnic Site just east of
Upstreethas a circular walk (signposted from the A28 road, entrance is near the Grove Ferry Inn). Lots of gates but no stiles, paths mostly level. Toilets but no visitor centre.
*Ham Street Woods National Nature Reserve has waymarked trails of 2.5 and 5 kilometres. The Reserve is accessed from the B2067 at
Ham Street. No toilets.
*High Halstow National Nature Reserve at
High Halstowvillage , has a nature trail. No toilets.
*The High Weald
Area of Outstanding Natural Beautyhas lots of different walks — see the link to their website below ('External Links')
Ightham Mote. Estate walks accessible even when the National Trust property is closed (walks leaflet from the ticket office when it is open).
*The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has lots of different walks — see the link to their website below ('External Links')
*King's Wood near
Challockhas a circular 'Beech Walk'. Accessed of the A251 road near Wye.
Leybourne Lakes Country Parknear Snodlandhas a variety of trails. Access is from the A228 road at Ham Hill.
Knatts Valley. Many country walks of varying distances and difficulty Starting/ending point [http://www.foxnhounds.co.uk The Fox and Hounds Public House]
Lullingstone Parknear Eynsford(Castle Road off the A225 road south of Eynsford) has circular walks from its Visitor Centre.
Oldbury HillPicnic Site, near Ightham Commonhas a circular trail.
Othamhas a circular walk of 7 km which includes the Spot Lane Nature Reserveand Stoneacre, a small National Trust property. Details of it are available from its parish website as [http://www.othampc.kentparishes.gov.uk/userfiles/File/Walk_Maidstone_-_Otham.pdf a pdf file] .
Scotney Castleestate has walks that are accessible even when the property is closed, estate walks leaflet available when it is open.
*Shorne Wood Country Park has waymarked circular walks and an easy access trail. It is signposted off the A2 road between Rochester and Gravesend.
Sissinghurst CastleGardens have woodland and lakeside walks that are accessible even when the property is closed.
*Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve, between
Stodmarshand Upstreet, has waymarked trails. Access both at the Stodmarsh and the Upstreet end, with easy access trails from both. The Stodmarsh entrance is accessed via a track from Stodmarsh next to the Red Lion Pub. (Click [http://www.english-nature.org.uk/about/teams/team_photo/Stodmarshmap.pdf here] for a pdf map of the Reserve).
*Stowting Court. On the B2068, a circular walk from the lay-by at the top of the hill at
SwanscombeLeisure Centre has information about the Swanscombe Skull Site National Nature Reserve, and from there there is a short waymarked walk into the Nature Reserve.
*Trosley Country Park is located between
Meophamand Wrotham, signposted off the A227 near Vigo Village. It has a variety of circular trails from the visitor centre - 2.5km (yellow - easy access route and 'trim trail'), a flat route of 4km (red), and a 3km hilly route (blue) within the country park, plus walk B which goes for 5.5 km through the surrounding countryside.
White Horse Wood Country Parkhas circular trails. It is located on the A259 road opposite the Kent County Showground.
*Wye National Nature Reserve has a 4 kilometre long trail, which is steep in places. The Reserve is 2 kilometres south east of Wye and is accessed via minor roads from the A28 road.
*Blean Woods National Nature Reserve has a 13 kilometre long trail. The reserve is accessed off the A290, with the entrance opposite
Darent Valley Path, 30 kilometres from Sevenoaksto the River Thames.
Len Valley Walk, 19 kilometres from Maidstoneto Lenhamfollowing the River Len
Medway Valley Walk, 45 kilometres between Rochester and Tonbridge.
Swale Heritage Trail, 18 kilometres from Sittingbourneto Goodnestone
Trosley Country Parkis located between Meophamand Wrotham, signposted off the A227 near Vigo Village. It has two longer circular trails from the visitor centre - the Harvel Hike (signposted as walk A), 12km long, and the Coldrum Trail (signposted as walk C), 10km long
Wantsum Walk, 13 kilometres from Herne Bay to Birchington
Greensand Way, 169 kilometres from Haslemere, Surreyto Hamstreet
High Weald Landscape Trail, running 145 kilometres from Horshamto Rye ( West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent)
North Downs WayNational Trail
Saxon Shore Way, Gravesend, Kent— Hastings, East Sussex261km
South Downs WayNational Trail
Stour Valley Walk, 82 kilometres Lenhamto Pegwell Bay
Wealdway, Gravesend to Eastbourne, East Sussex129km
Long-distance footpaths in the UK
* [http://www.faversham.org/visitors/walkinginfav.asp Faversham Council's walks page]
* [http://www.highweald.org/sites.asp?PageId=27 The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty website] — describes a wide range of short walks across a large area of
Kent, East Sussexand West Sussex
* [http://www.kentdowns.org.uk/places_to_go_walking.htm The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty website] — describes a variety of walks in the Kent Downs.
* [http://www.bestwalks.com/kentbooks.htm bestwalks.com page of books for sale describing walks in Kent]
* [http://www.walkawhile.co.uk Walk AWhile Kent walking holidays] — Walk AWhile offer a range of walking holidays in the Kent Countryside.
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