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ABOUT KENT

Why Walk Kent?

Kent has around 4,500 miles of rights of way which are open to explore which is more than any other county in the UK. It also has the largest area of ancient woodland than any other county in UK.

There are many reasons to jump into your walking boots and set off on a walk through Kent.

The Garden of England, named so by King Henry Vlll after its acres of hop gardens and orchards has an unusually mild climate, making it perfect to grow a range of produce.

Footpaths lead you through the middle of apple orchards, passing ancient cherry plantations and across hop fields.

Kent is one of the most picturesque and green counties England has to offer. The Kent Downs is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and covers one quarter of Kent.

This protected area is made up of a huge ridge of chalk that sweeps across Kent from the Surrey border to the White Cliffs of Dover. The ‘Downs’ come from the Old English ‘Dun’ meaning hills which provides a range of landscapes to explore. Chalk grassland give way to ancient woodland accessed by hidden lanes with oast houses once used to dry hops. Preserved villages circled with orchards and farmland are a common sight in Kent.

From the North Downs to the White Cliffs of Dover there are countless walks to explore through spectacular countryside. For coastal walks there are 350 miles of coastline along the Thames estuary and around to the English channel. For wooded walks with vast views The North Downs Way national trail will not disappoint.

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