Inspiring Pub Walks In Kent
9th March 2022
A blog brought to you by you! Yes, all these walks have been suggested to us by you, our delightful followers. We wanted to know your favourite pub walks in Kent and you’ve picked some absolute gems. From short linear walks to an all-day affair taking in 5 pubs and 10 miles around!
With spring just around the corner, now is the ideal time to plan some weekend wanders. Why not find a local route you never knew about or venture further afield and explore somewhere new. Anything is possible with such an array and eclectic selection of walking routes in Kent. Most of these routes are possible thanks to our extensive and beautifully maintained Public Right of Way network here in Kent.
HYTHE TO WEST HYTHE
Take an easy going walk along the tranquil Royal Military Canal taking in the area’s diverse wildlife, birdlife and plantlife. Setting out from West Hythe, you can choose from a shorter route up to Palmarsh bridge before crossing the bridge and retracing your route back to West Hythe.
In West Hythe, stop off at Unit 1, a shed-come-microbar. It’s a family, dog, horse, bike and paddleboard friendly kind f of place. As they say they offer ‘back to basics drinking just the way it should be.’
Recommended Pub: Unit 1
CANTERBURY TO CHARTHAM
Running between Canterbury and Chartham this 3-mile-long traffic free multi-user route following National Cycle Route 18. This route provides a beautiful and tranquil journey along the banks of the River Stour. Enjoy walking or cycling through heritage sites like Chartham paper mill, enjoy the river views, Kingfishers and other wildlife if you’re lucky…
Stop off in The Artichoke, a pub brimming with character, old oak beams, cosy snug corners and exposed brickwork along with delicious food and drink to snack on.
Recommended Pub: The Artichoke
PERRY WOODS, FAVERSHAM
Explore Perry Woods at whatever the time of year and you’ll be captivated by the tranquil beauty of this remote rural haven. Where rolling countryside is studded only by sleepy villages, historic churches and orchards.
Stop off at a traditional English pub in the village of Selling. With numerous public footpaths nearby and just minutes from Perry Wood. The panoramic views are stunning and give a unique perspective on the landscape of this part of the Kent Downs AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). “The White Lion is popular with local villagers, dog walkers, horse riders, ramblers, cyclists and families and all are given a friendly welcome.”
Recommended Pub: The White Lion
Hollingbourne, a village with a paper mill heritage, overshadowed by the dramatic hills of the Kent Downs with outstanding views to the Greensand Ridge. This charming 6-mile walk takes you west of the village, past the ancient manor of Ripple and back along the famous Pilgrim’s Way.
Just north of the village and found on the Pilgrims Way route is The Dirty Habit pub. Historically an Inn used by Pilgrims on their way to Canterbury. The pub now welcomes all to enjoy a well-deserved refreshment after an explore of the surrounding area.
Recommended Pub: The Dirty Habit
ST MARGARET’S BAY, DOVER
With panoramic views across the channel and out to France on a clear day, this 5 mile walk takes in a dramatic section of the England Coastal Path. Be sure to notice the whitewashed house at the end of the beach where Ian Fleming, writer of the James Bond novels, once lived and is said to have written ‘Moonraker’. Stop off at the Coastguard pub, it is claimed to be the nearest pub to France!
Recommended Pub: The Coastguard
THE HIGH WEALD 5 PUBS, 10 MILES
If walking really is your thing then this is the walk for you! Grab your shoes, coat and wallet for a beautiful 10 mile circular walk around the High Weald Area of Outstanding Beauty. Make your own route using Public Rights of Ways and the Kent Connected app to find new pub walks in Kent.
Recommended Pubs: The Little brown Jug to Castle Inn, to Bottle House, to Spotted Dog, to Rock Inn and back to The Little Brown Jug.
If you need convincing a little more than whose else better to do so then the Shepherd Neame pubs themselves. Perfectly complementing Explore Kent walks they have created 14 of their own routes. All are between four and six miles of varying terrain. Most importantly, yes you guessed it, they each start and finish from one of their pubs. So without further jabbering, jump over to their website to pick one of their pub walks in Kent.
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