Discover Kent On Foot
There’s no better way to feel revitalised than by taking a brisk walk in the countryside or by the coast. In Kent, both are possible, but are made that little bit extra special by the sheer amount of interesting landmarks there are to be spotted across this wonderful region. From historic trails in Canterbury, to romantic strolls around castles and picturesque jaunts across Romney Marsh, there’s never a dull moment when wandering around Kent. Don’t forget to find the perfect winding down spot in one of our Kent Holiday Cottages to allow maximum time to explore Kent on foot.
Marlowe’s Canterbury Walk
One for the literature buffs, this 1.6 mile walk takes you through the streets and sights of Canterbury that playwright Christopher Marlowe was familiar with. Born in Canterbury, Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare and is said to have been a great influence on the Bard. With various playcards and information posts along the way, this walk is a great way to see some of Canterbury’s most famous historic buildings, as well as learn more about Marlowe and his life, which was tragically cut short at the age of 29 under dubious circumstances.
Scotney Castle Grounds
Scotney Castle, owned for centuries by the Hussey family, is a true jewel in Kent’s countryside. Looking like something from a fairytale, the castle and grounds are the perfect place for a romantic, magical walk. The two-mile circular trail through Scotney parkland is the estate’s most popular trail and it takes you through woodland, across the river and past the castle itself. Dog-friendly too, there’s no reason to delay your walk around these mesmerising grounds.
East Cliff Walk, Ramsgate
This trail showcases Ramsgate’s Regency and Victorian era architecture and allows you to see much of the town’s unchanged seaside resort appearance. Starting at Albion Hill, this walk takes you through the Albion Gardens, where you will see Ramsgate’s iconic Madeira Walk Waterfall, a small man-made water feature that is simply delightful. Continuing along Madeira Walk, you will see other iconic Ramsgate buildings such as Wellington Crescent, Granville House and Theatre, at which you turn back towards the Toll Gate Kiosk and down Augusta Steps. This is a short walk, totalling less than a mile there and back, but it allows you the freedom to explore Ramsgate and is suitable for all ages and is very accessible.
Littlestone to Dymchurch
The route from Dymchurch to Littlestone totals 3.8 miles (double that if you’re walking back too) is a brisk coastal walk with lots of historic sites along the way. You’ll pass a lifeboat station, part of Mulberry Harbour that was built for the Dunkirk landings, St Marys Bay and Martello on this journey and there are plenty of places to stop for a rest or even a picnic. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is also accessible toward the end of your walk, so why not seize the opportunity to hop on this amazing attraction?
Crane Valley Walk, Cranbrook
Just a short walk from the centre of Cranbrook, Crane Valley is a small nature reserve that transports you from town life, to countryside bliss. Walk through the reserve at your own pace and look out for the range of flora and fauna on offer. From long-horn bees to stone loach fish, this land of vegetation is buzzing with life. With wooded paths and boardwalks too, the reserve is perfect for well-behaved dogs to enjoy with you.