Health and Wellbeing with Explore Kent
Explore Kent is a partnership led by Kent County Council and brings together public, private, and voluntary sectors to encourage residents to embrace in the benefits walking and cycling has on our health and wellbeing.
Walking outside in nature has many benefits for your physical and mental health. Walking on a regular basis not only boosts your stamina and helps you shed excess calories, but also promotes a healthier heart. Plus, being around in nature has a huge impact on your mental health and wellbeing as it effectively reduces stress, increases positivity, and promotes a restful night’s sleep. Remember, even a short 10-minute brisk walk each day contributes to your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.
We have a selection of walks that are perfect for all abilities. Our stile free trails have flatter surfaces and no obstacles such as stiles, making them ideal for people with pushchairs, wheelchair or mobility aid users, or for those looking for a gentle stroll.
Check out our YouTube videos to find out more about what we do and how you can get involved.
Explore Kent’s Trails:
Discover all that the Kent countryside has to offer, enjoy beautiful surroundings with friends and family.
Linear Walking Trails:
Go further and see more with Explore Kent’s linear walking routes. Follow rivers, coast and countryside and return to your start point by train. Use the Kent Connected app to plan your journey and enjoy a great day out.
Circular Walking Trails:
Explore Kent’s circular trails are a great way to enjoy the countryside. You can enjoy the peace and quiet alone and practice mindfulness in nature, or experience amazing views with friends and family. Remember to follow the Countryside Code and protect wildlife and the environment.
Stile Free Routes:
Looking for a scenic stroll that’s suitable for everyone? Our stile free routes in Kent are perfect for families and individuals with limited mobility. These trails are flat, paved, and free from any obstacles like gates or stiles. With over 20 routes to choose from, you can explore the beautiful Kent countryside regardless of age or ability.
Explore Kent Town Maps:
Looking to have some fun while exploring your local area? Look no further than Explore Kent’s town maps! Whether you prefer walking or biking, our maps will help you uncover all the hidden gems in your town.
Our full-page maps not only guide you along the best walking and cycling routes, but also showcase the top attractions and public transport options available in town. You’ll have everything you need for an adventure in some of Kent’s most breathtaking towns.
Kent Parks and Green Spaces:
There are over 200 green spaces and parks in Kent. Sprawling with play areas, lakes, Roman forts, wildlife, walking and cycling routes. Above all, plenty of rolling green space to run, sit, play, kick around a football and just relax. So when the kids need a day out to run around during those long school holidays, the dog’s looking longingly at the lead or you just need to get away from it all for a couple of hours, here are some ideas of parks in Kent for you.
Kent Connected app:
We have created a free app to download all our Explore Kent walking and cycling routes. The easy-to-use interactive app allows you to plan your journey, simply open the app on your smartphone and choose “Be Inspired with Explore Kent” to open the activity map. If you need inspiration on where to walk next for your daily exercise or if you want to make healthier travel choices, the Kent Connected app is available on the App Store and Google Play.