Walk it! Explore Kent’s best bluebell walks

Westerham Walk:

Westerham is best known for being the home of WWII Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The woods that surround the picturesque gardens are home to wonderful displays of spring bluebells that carpet acres of semi mature woodland. It is a peaceful haven which is situated just a short walk away from the bustle of Westerham. April is the best time to do this bluebell walk and the perfect setting to explore this walk which takes in the varied landscapes of Westerham.

Ightham Mote:

Regular visitors to the Ightham Mote estate will be well acquainted with its picture perfect setting.  Ightham Mote is surrounded by woodland which in spring is home to acres of bluebell woodland.  Walks of varying degrees of difficulty are on offer throughout the estate – look out for the black walk which is wheelchair friendly and suitable for young children.  If you are looking for the best bluebell sightings in the mature woodland as well as taking in the sights of this pretty place, the Shipbourne Walk is the best starting point – bluebells at their best will be on offer in abundance!  Don’t miss the community orchard situated (and signed) near Plaxtol – situated just off the main walking route.

Emmetts Garden

No bluebell sightings are complete without a visit to a bluebell garden!  Emmetts Garden is owned by the National Trust and is full of the character of its founder Octavia Hill.  In the spring, bluebells carpet the grounds of the woodland surrounding the garden which is known as Toys Hill.  Look out for the vivid blue splendour as the bluebells surround the many species of exotic and rare trees and shrubs from around the world.  Situated in one of the highest points in Kent, Emmetts garden offers unspoilt views across the Weald of Kent and some of the best walking opportunities around.  If you are looking to combine this perfect bluebell combination into a day out, The Octavia Hill Centenary Trail East is the perfect opportunity and simply shouldn’t be missed!

Goodnestone Walk

Featuring traditional Kentish charm, the Goodnestone Walk takes in some of the best bluebell sightings in East Kent.  If you are looking for the familiar charm of the bluebells combined with a windmill and a vineyard then you have just found it! The area is so beautiful it influenced Jane Austen to start writing her famous Pride and Prejudice – you can almost see a certain Mr Darcy making his way across this beautiful picturesque landscape.

Sissinghurst

Sissinghurst Castle gives you the opportunity to take in unrivalled views from the castle turret (if your game enough to tackle the stairs!). Across the gardens to the landscape beyond.  Sissinghurst is surrounded by a wonderful woodland estate which features unforgettable displays of bluebells in the spring.  Make a day of it and explore the Sissinghurst walk – a walk through time and the displays of spring bluebells will be truly unforgettable.

Walmer Castle

Walmer Castle has a rich and varied history originally constructed by King Henry VIII,  eight wonderful acres surround this castle which comprises of wonderful gardens, woodlands and sea views.  It is in these woodlands that you will see swathes of blue.  Come in April to see the blooms at their very best and combine this with a wonderful seaside walk showing English garden splendour at its height.  Follow the Walmer to Deal castle trail, a flat, gentle trail of just 2 miles to take in these sights – suitable for people able to walk short distances or who require easy access for wheelchairs/pushchairs. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the pretty views, not to mention a cheeky cream tea, a sneaky ice cream or a tasty pub lunch at one of the many stops along the seafront.

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