Temporary path closure

Please note there is a path closure on the Hythe to Peene section of this route due to maintenance works. The closure is on footpath HE255 from Ashford Road to its junction with Public Bridleway HE351 from the 25 April 2022. Paths are expected to reopen on 25 May 2022, but may be closed for a maximum of 6 months.

Elham Valley Way Guide
Elham Valley Way GuideDownload
Route type
linear
Distance
22.5 mi36.21 km
Town
Hythe
Area
High Weald AONB

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The Elham Valley Way leads from the internationally renowned cathedral city of Canterbury, down to the popular coastal town of Hythe, taking walkers through enchanting countryside and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The ancient woods, classified as dating from before the 17th century, are carpeted with the flowers of bluebells, anemones and wild garlic in spring and turn spectacularly russet, orange and gold in autumn.

Displays of spring blossom are also a feature of the many orchards near Canterbury, although it is said that the fine displays on the newer, shorter varieties of trees are not as dramatic as those found in traditional orchards.

Many of these areas of woodland may also include more recent plantings. In the past, the woods were used in many local industries including building, charcoal production and bark for tanning in the leather industry. Coppicing, the practice of cutting down trees and allowing new stems to form for fencing and posts, is still common throughout the area.

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