It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for weekend walking breaks, a chance to scale the length of one of our famous long distance routes, or a short circular walk that includes wonderful views and a good pub to slip into along the way, you’ll find it all in Kent.
Here, you’ll find walks along the coast for those summer days when only a breath of sea air and cliff-top climbs will do, strolls through ancient woodland and orchards that will set any autumn afternoon ablaze, springtime bluebell walks and winter wanders that never stray too far from a cosy pub fireside or tea room.
Whether you want a walking break stuffed with culture and history or a day away from it all out in the isolated and beautiful Romney Marsh, you’ll find walks that weave through Kent’s breath-taking farming landscape, rolling hills and National Nature Reserves, alongside trails through historic market towns and cultural hubs like Canterbury, Whitstable and Margate. It’s been a destination for creatives like Dickens and Van Gogh for centuries, so lace up your boots and discover it for yourself.
For those really looking to get out there and explore Kent, it’s time to take on one of the long distance trails. The 160 mile Saxon Shore Way travels from Gravesend to Hastings in East Sussex, past Iron Age hill forts, castles, nature reserves and along Kent’s ancient coastline. The Greensand Way is a 108 mile tour through ancient woodland and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Of course, Kent’s also home to the iconic North Downs Way for those seeking a heritage trail from the Surrey Hills and through the Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
If cross county trekking sounds a little daunting, there are plenty of shorter circular walks for people of all abilities. Often following surfaced paths, our easy access walks are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, offering a chance to get out into the fresh air and enjoy a taste of the countryside.
When you want to get out but just need that bit of motivation or some company, there are plenty of walking groups in Kent to give you a good start. East Kent health walks are a chance to get out with others on short, easy-going walks, led by volunteers, perfect if you’re recovering from illness or just feel like you need some motivation. You’ll also find Ramblers groups all across Kent, offering group guided walks.