10 of the most beautiful hikes and scenic walks in Kent

January 27, 2022 4:26 pm Published by beautiful hikes and scenic walks in Kent

There is no doubt that Kent is a beautiful county. The ‘garden of England’ is lush, green and idyllic. Whether you are lucky enough to live here, or are just visiting, you’ll discover stunning countryside, pretty villages and gorgeous towns, filled with history on these scenic walks in Kent.

The stunning photos used in this article were taken by talented local photographer Jane Mucklow.

 

view from Otford mount

A view from the top of Otford Mount

 

The most beautiful scenic walks in Kent

1. Otford walk (5.3 miles / 8.5km)

This circular walk is a little challenging, since it takes you up to the top of Otford mount. However, the spectacular views from there are well worth the hike (see photo above). And don’t worry, there’s a bench at the top where you can pause to catch your breath. Starting at the heart of the Otford solar system, this route takes in the North Downs and Otford’s pretty village pond.

2. Ightham Mote’s circular walk to Knole (8.5 miles / 13.7km)

A mid-length circular walk, this route includes two beautiful National Trust properties. The walk takes in plenty of scenic countryside around Sevenoaks and if you need a break to refuel, The Buck’s Head at Godden Green offers delicious food and a lovely pub garden.

3. Rochester historical walk (3 miles / 4.8km)

This gentle stroll around Rochester takes in the castle and cathedral, along with other buildings of cultural and historical significance.

4. Ide Hill Scenic Walk (10 miles / 15.9km)

A longer circular route, this trail provides fantastic views from Ide Hill and lots of open fields. This one can get muddy, so take proper hiking boots or even wellies if it’s rained recently.

5. Lullingstone Loop (7.9 miles / 12.7km)

This intermediate route requires a good level of fitness. It includes the picturesque village of Shoreham and Lullingstone Castle. Time your hike for end of June, or early July to see Castle Farm’s lavender fields at their best (see photo below).

Shoreham Lavender Farm

The vibrant lavender fields at Castle Farm, Shoreham

6. Aylesford Rail Trail (7.1 miles / 11.4km)

Walking along the river for part of this charming walk, you are likely to see plenty of local wildlife, including kingfishers. This route also includes a bridge that was constructed in the14th century and Neolithic burial chamber, Kits Coty.

7. The Big Blean Walk (25 miles / 40km)

Almost the length of a marathon, this epic hike lives up to its name! If this kind of distance is a challenge to far, try doing this walk in stages. Blean is just north of Canterbury, so if you’re in the area for a few days, you could combine this walk with the next one.

8. Canterbury City Walk (3 miles / 4.8km)

Canterbury is a small, yet significant, university city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This short walk is packed with interesting waypoints, including the famous cathedral, city walls, towers and gates, sculptures, memorials and the River Stour.

9. Hadlow Easy Access Trail (1.2 miles / 1.9km)

Not far from Tonbridge, Hadlow is a delightful village with a Victorian gothic tower straight out of a fairytale. The easy access trail is suitable for children. The route is flat, however you may need a radar key for wide access at the kissing gates.

10. The Contra Trail (6.1 miles / 9.8km)

This pleasant coastal walk is mainly flat and runs from Ramsgate to Pegwell Bay. You will wander past Ramsgate marina, along ancient cliffs, and through a national nature reserve with incredible bay views.

Ide Hill

A misty morning outlook from Ide Hill towards Bough Beech

So there you have it, these are our picks for the most beautiful hikes and scenic walks in Kent. Do you agree? Or do you have a local walk that beats them all?

You might also like to take a look at our list of 20 wonderful things to do in Kent in Spring and our 10 ideas for rainy day activities in Kent.

 

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