One of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Kent renowned for its landscape the Kent Downs AONB stretches from the White Cliffs at Dover and Folkestone to the Surrey Border.

Protected Landscape

A large arch of chalk, shaped like an eyelid, sweeps across Kent. This creates a central ridge through the county, and forms the most important geological feature of the AONB. This chalk ridge is part of the same formation found in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey, and it also reappears across the Strait of Dover in northern France.

The Kent Downs AONB is home to one of the highest points in the south east on the Sevenoaks Greensand ridge, not to mention the famous heritage coasts of the Dover and Folkestone White Cliffs.


Things to do

There is so much to explore and do in the Kent Downs AONB, the outdoor opportunities are endless, from walking the North Downs Way to picking apples in a Kent orchard, sampling local produce or exploring one the many pretty villages you can be assured of a fun, interesting day out whether you come in the Kent Downs AONB alone or with a group of friends.

Within the Kent Downs AONB you will find a conserved landscape consisting of hedgerows, traditional orchards, copses, ponds and shaws. This landscape provides natural habitats for some of the rarest plantlife, birdlife and wildlife.

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