Lonely Planet ranks Kent’s Heritage Coast as one of the world’s best regions to visit in 2022

We are absolutely delighted that Kent’s Heritage Coast has won international recognition as the 4th region on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022. Kent is the only UK destination to feature and was selected for its unique experiences, ‘wow’ factor and its ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism practices.

About Kent’s Heritage Coast

The magnificent chalk cliffs between Folkestone and Kingsdown form Kent’s Heritage Coast, one of Britain’s most evocative and best-known landmarks. The Dover Strait is one of the world’s most important, recognised and busiest seascapes.

The Heritage Coasts are a popular area for quiet countryside recreation; the cliff tops are crossed by the Saxon Shore Way Long Distance Path and the North Downs Way National Trail. The England Coast Path has been created along these sections of coast and there are several areas of open access land. Several areas offer extraordinary, panoramic views across to France. While access to the base of the cliffs can be difficult, it provides a feeling of remote wildness and relative tranquillity and with exposure to the elements.

South Coast

8 Shorter Linear Walks from Dungeness to Ramsgate

From the sand dunes of Camber to the White Cliffs of Dover, the England Coast Path is a delight to walk, whether it’s the full length or a smaller section of it.

Tackling the whole 66 miles of coast path can seem a bit daunting if you aren’t a seasoned walker so Explore Kent has compiled an exciting collection of 8 smaller sections of the coast path, giving you the best opportunities to explore the stunning areas which you will walk through on your coast path adventure!

The 8 routes are short linear walks and are well connected by public transport with the opportunity to continue your walk with most finish points connecting with the start point of the next walk. Experience fine views from the white cliffs, the freshest seafood on the seafronts, and visit the Kentish castles. There is something for everyone on Kent’s coastline and is a perfect way to spend time getting active outdoors with the whole family.

Admire the many points of interest which you can find on each walk such as the Martello towers, South Foreland Lighthouse and the Battle of Britain Memorial to name a few! With so much heritage and history to learn about, exploring Kent’s Coast has never been so much fun!

North Coast

4 Circular / Linear Routes in North Kent

Explore another side to the England Coast Path with these 4 brand new routes taking in the Northern coast of Kent. These routes are all accessible by public transport. Start of with a linear cycle route from Margate to Whitstable, visiting the numerous picturesque beaches and bays along the Thanet coast.

Next take a short circular walk around the nature reserve in Oare, Faversham. The site is owned by Kent Wildlife Trust and is a great alternative and shorter walk.

Cycle around Sheerness-on-Sea, discover the history of the town and head towards the coast to complete this circular cycle route.

Escape to nature in Gravesend with a exciting circular walk starting from Gravesend pier and joining the Saxon Shore Way. On your left you have views across the Thames and on your right views across the wildlife filled marshes.

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