Head For The Hills Anniversary Celebrations
This year marks a special celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Kent Downs as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the 40th anniversary of the opening of the North Downs Way National Trail; a designated National Trail that runs along the chalk ridge of the Kent Downs, providing over 100 miles of walking trails and wonderful panoramic scenery.
‘Head for the Hills‘ is a year of activities and events for all the family to celebrate the beauty and unique qualities of the AONB landscape. There are events ranging from guided walks to theatrical performances to medieval feasts, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Things not to miss!
- Visit ‘Charabanc’ the converted 1950’s Airstream caravan touring Kent Country Parks throughout 2018 giving people the opportunity to learn more about the Kent Downs AONB
- Discover Heritage of the Orchard Events where you will celebrate Kent’s Orchard’s through community engagement, education and volunteering
- Get involved in the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme, an exciting five year scheme which will deliver a host of projects in partnership with local organisations, communities and landowners
- Check out the brand new ‘Ale Of The trail’ to be unveiled at the North Downs Way Pilgrims Festival
- Be a trail blazer and join the new North Downs Way Ambassador Programme
There’s also your chance to experience some of the amazing views the Kent Downs has to offer, with a new stunning view added every month throughout the year.
Check out other exciting things to do to celebrate the Kent Downs AONB & the North Downs Way National Trail below...
And here are even more great resources that will whet your appetite for all things countryside….
The Green Gang Activity Programme is a series of special, fun events for children and their families run by The White Cliffs Countryside Partnership for the last 25 years. The programme gives children an opportunity to learn more about local wildlife and the AONB countryside.
Discovering Britain is a major new walking project from the Royal Geographical Society to encourage deeper engagement with Britain’s extraordinary and diverse landscapes. Their website features over 350 long walks, short trails and viewpoints which will unlock the stories of Britain through its geography, history and culture.
Volunteering can be a good way to keep fit, meet new people, get skills for work and of course do something valuable in or for the countryside. Many organisations working to conserve and enhance the Kent Downs AONB landscape rely on the assistance of volunteers. Just a few hours a week could help you to learn new life skills, increase your social life, improve your local community and much, much more.