Itineraries Surrounding the Kent Downs

24th January 2023

Discover four new itineraries surrounding the Kent Downs AONB this year. Head into 2023 with experiencing walking routes that include some incredible sights, adventure and knowledge surrounding the garden of England.

1. The Treasures of Kit’s Coty

Step back in time and discover treasures of the Megalithic period. There are wonderful views of the North Downs and Medway Valley that stretch out before you, as you wonder at Kit’s Coty House and Little Kit’s Coty House, the remains of two megalithic ‘dolmen’ burial chambers dating back thousands of years. As you walk from Cuxton to Detling you will see the magnificent sight of Rochester Cathedral and Castle.

2. Farming The Sustainable Way

Get under the skin of the Kent farming community! More than 70% of land is farmed in the Kent Downs AONB making it a way of life for a large number of Kent’s locals, who supply restaurants, cafés and bars in the county. Take a visit to the Wye Community Farm where you can volunteer and learn hands-on farming skills. In the afternoon, you can walk from Perry Court Farm, visiting the shop and indulge in a locally sourced afternoon tea.

3. Coastal Calm

Experience the calming effect of the ocean on this coastal retreat. Breathe in the salty sea air as you walk a dramatic section of the England Coastal Path and Saxon Shore Way. Let your mind wander as you take in the panoramic views over the English channel and discover the South Foreland Lighthouse, the first lighthouse to use electric light. Further along the walk visit St Margarets Bay, where you’ll see Ian Fleming’s holiday home, which inspired Moonraker.

4. Sites of Special Scientific Interest

Immerse yourself in the Kent Downs and discover biological sites of special scientific interest in Lympne and Etchinghill. On your morning walk take in spectacular views across Folkestone, walking around Creteway Down. Part of Creteway Down is a Site of Special Scientific Interest of European importance for wildlife. As you continue to explore in the afternoon you can discover two more wildlife and heritage havens.

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