26 June 22

8 Stunning Walks in Kent That Will Take Your Breath Away

Our Favourite Walks in Kent

The English county of Kent offers more than just beautiful homes and quaint villages, it also has some of the best countryside walking you’ll find anywhere in the country. From the dramatic White Cliffs of Dover and the bleak coastline of Dungeness to the rolling countryside and stately homes of the High Weald, Kent offers a walk for every mood and taste. Whether you want to enjoy tranquil rambles or get more vigorous exercise, you’ll find something here that will take your breath away! Here are eight of our favourites.

1) The White Cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are home to some awe-inspiring chalk cliffs which soar up to 98 meters (321 feet) above sea level. The cliffs were formed by wind and water erosion over millennia and are now a symbol of England’s brave past and prosperous future. They’re also a great spot for getting your blood pumping on an invigorating hike.

2) Sevenoaks Vineyard

Set amid 100 acres of sprawling grounds, Sevenoaks Vineyard is a wonderful place to stroll and enjoy some wine tasting. As well as having an award-winning vineyard, they also have a heritage centre showcasing some fascinating local history. If you’re interested in how wine is made (and want to learn more about organic farming), then Sevenoaks Vineyard is well worth a visit. Best of all, there are lovely walks through woodlands and across pastures with abundant wildlife! Find out more here…

3) Leeds Castle

Built in a unique Tudor-style, Leeds Castle—about 15 miles from London on the River Thames—is possibly England’s most fascinating historic home. A palace since 1066, it boasts towers, dungeons and more than 500 acres of beautiful gardens. But don’t go there expecting to find Prince Charming; Leeds Castle is most famous for having been home to four centuries of infamous women, including Henry VIII’s second wife Catherine Howard.

4) Godinton House Gardens

Located just outside Canterbury, Godinton House Gardens is a hugely popular spot for walkers of all levels. With sweeping views across open countryside and woodlands, not to mention features like a secret tunnel and orangery with views of farmland for miles around, it’s not hard to see why. And as part of The National Trust, you can enjoy your walk without worrying about getting lost!

5) Scotney Castle

With views of jagged hills and a sixteenth-century moat, Scotney Castle is worth more than a photo opportunity. The castle dates back to 1444, but was remodelled over time by William Beckford (he of Fonthill fame). Most notably, he added a wing with elaborate gothic fireplaces.

6) Margate to Broadstairs

Start off your walk at Margate’s Turner Contemporary, and head into town along beautifully paved Marine Parade. On weekends, you can make a day of it here: munch fish and chips with a pint of local ale on one of Margate’s seafront pubs while watching kite surfers on sand or try some traditional English seaside fun at Dreamland Amusement Park. Afternoon stroll—check! It’s about time to set off for Broadstairs.

7) The Coastal Desert of Dungeness

The white cliffs of Dover are a quintessential part of England’s coastline, but they’re not its only jaw-dropping views. The bleak expanse of Dungeness, just south of Dover, is one of Europe’s largest shingle formations, stretching for 15 miles along flat land covered with yellowish brown seashells. Despite its bleakness and seemingly unforgiving environment, a delicate ecosystem flourishes here.

8) Jeskyns Community Woodland

If you’re looking for a route that is good for both beginners and experienced walkers, try Jeskyns Community Woodland. The network of paths is accessible year-round, making it great for a spot of winter walking as well as summer rambles. It’s also just a stone’s throw from charming village of Preston-on-Kent, offering plenty of cafe stops along the way.