Autumn Walks and Pub Lunches

Family playing in the autumn leaves

14th September 2022

The bliss of crunching leaves beneath your feet, the cold fresh air and the gloriously earthy aromas of autumn make walking outside a pleasure, particularly if you combine it with a pub lunch! Take a look below at our top 5 autumn walks and pub lunches below for you to discover this season.

1. Pluckley Walk

Transport back to the 1950’s as you walk in the footsteps of the Larkins and visit rural attractions and rolling countryside that keep Kent crowned The Garden of England. The Pluckley Walk is a 4.2 mile circular walk across gentle slopes taking place in classic Kent orchards and hop gardens. It’s a perfect walk to finish as you can stop off at the Black Horse – a traditional inn for over three hundred years. The Black Horse boasts beamed ceilngs, inglenook fireplaces and delicious locally sourced food.

2. Hythe to Folkestone: Art and Nostalgia

The wonderful Hythe to Folkstone Walk begins at the west end of Hythe. This footpath runs alongside the Royal Military Canal and provides instant tranquillity. Passing Sandgate Beach, a peaceful pebble shore with the lure of the French cliffs. Reaching the last destination Folkestone, head towards Folkestone Harbour across a boardwalk in the shingle and finish at the delightful Old High Street and Creative Quarter where you can enjoy your pit stop at The Pullman – a Kentish country pub with rustic interiors, a roaring fire and is home to comforting pub classics.

3. Shipbourne Walk

Shipbourne is one of the county’s most exclusive locations to live and is the perfect place to experience a walk around a relaxing and sleepy village during the cooler months. Shipbourne Walk starts at Dene Park through light woodlands and well-kept farms, before passing near Fairlawne leading you to Shipbourne common, a large open space at the centre of this peaceful village before heading back to Dene Park. Finish at the Chaser Inn where there are open log fires and freshly home cooked food to enjoy at the end of your walking journey.

4. Sandwich Walk – flights over the fairways

With Sandwich being one of the best preserved medieval towns it is the perfect place to travel to during the autumn months. The Sandwich Walk is a circular 5.3 mile route starting with a riverside amble following the Saxon Shore Way and finally finishing at Sandwich Bay where there are sand dunes, salt marshes and rich habitats. Following back into Sandwich along the narrow streets you can finish your walk at the Crispin Inn to enjoy fresh pub classics within a 15th-century public house with delightful low ceilings, wooden beams and brick walls, creating an old world feel.

5. Dover to Deal: 3 Castles Walk

Wrap up warm as you start at the top of the White Cliffs of Dover, the Dover to Deal walk follows the path towards the South Foreland Lighthouse – an incredibly picturesque view looking out over the English Channel. Venturing down to the beach and visiting the Dover Patrol Monuments you can take a pit stop at the Zetland Arms pub. With ocean views and fresh seafood caught off the Kent coast, the Zetland Arms is a pub not to miss come rain or shine.

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