Festive Strolls: Family Walks in Kent Between Christmas and New Year


20th December 2023

The days between Christmas and New Year is a fantastic opportunity for families to get together and enjoy the outdoors while exploring Kent. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely amble or a stretching hike here are our favourite ideas for family walks.

Knole Park:

Explore the vast deer park, home to a herd of fallow deer. The scenic landscape, dotted with ancient trees, provides the perfect backdrop for a family stroll.

winter in knole park

Canterbury Cathedral and Stour River Walk:

Discover the historic city of Canterbury with a walk that takes you through the charming streets and along the River Stour. Start at Canterbury Cathedral and wander along the riverbanks, enjoying the views. This leisurely stroll allows your family to soak in the history and architectural beauty of the city.

Stour Valley Walk

Dungeness Nature Reserve:

For a unique family adventure, head to Dungeness. Explore the expansive Dungeness Nature Reserve, home to diverse bird species and unique plant life. The sea, shingle landscape and quirky cottages makes this an unforgettable destination for a winter walk.

Dungeness RSPB Discovery Trail

Dover to Deal: 3 Castles Walk:

Fabulous for visitors, share the breathtaking beauty of the White Cliffs of Dover with a family walk along the iconic cliffs. The panoramic views of the English Channel and the French coastline are spectacular, especially on a clear winter day.

White Cliffs of Dover

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest:

Bring your new bikes to Bedgebury! Choose from a variety of walking and cycling trails, suitable for all ages and abilities.  Warm up with a hot chocolate at the onsite café afterwards.

Bedgebury lake

Bedgebury lake

Rochester Walk – a feast of fine architecture:

Step back in time as you explore the historic city of Rochester. Begin your walk at the riverfront and you’ll pass dramatic views from Rochester Bridge and the towering remains of the Norman castle.

View of Rochester, overlooking Rochester Cathedral

Why not bundle up, lace up your walking shoes, and make the most of the magical time between Christmas and New Year in Kent?

To find more inspiration for festive walks, take a look at our ‘be inspired’ page.

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