Kent is often referred to as the garden of England and has plenty of picturesque countrysides that is perfect for walks. There are also plenty of trails and walks for you to follow in Kent and it’s a great way to see your local area. If you’re not fond of exercise, it can also be a great way to stay fit as you can talk a walk at your own pace. You might also be interested in country walks around Kent if you are visiting the area and looking for things to do. We have put together a list of some of the best country walks in Kent so that you can find one close to you!
A great walk in Kent can be found at Knole Park in Sevenoaks, with the added bonus of deer roaming through the national trust region. This historic park is home to around 500 deer, which are allowed free roam in the park so you will no doubt spot some during your walk. The park is more than 1,000 acres and has plenty of different trails that you can follow, both long and short. If you are a member of the National Trust, then you can park for free, otherwise, there is a charge of £4 per car.
A great tail in Kent for all the family can be found in Hadlow, this easy access trail is a flat walk of 1.2 miles. At the start of the walk, you have the added bonus of walking past Hadlow tower, which is actually the tallest gothic folly in the world. There is also a pond on the trail that is home to some wildlife so the walk is a great option if you have kids. There is only roadside parking at the start of the trail though so parking spaces can be limited. If you can walk to the destination it could be the ideal trail, take a look at a map of the walk here.
A unique walk in the Kentish countryside that also includes the rare opportunity to spot some animals too. This is a slightly longer walk at 2.5 miles but is well worth the trip as it passes by Port Lympne Animal Park. You can climb the cliffs here for a chance to spot some of the animals at the park including Giraffes. During the walk, you will also stroll along the banks of the Royal Military Canal which makes it a great trail. Again, there is only roadside parking at the start of this walk, take a look at the map here.
This is a great trail to undertake and offers you with the chance to visit Chartwell house at the same time. Surrounding the house is a great deal of countryside which makes for the perfect walk and you can embark on a circular trail around the grounds. There are plenty of woodland areas around the grounds too and parking on site. It is, however, one of the more expensive options on our list, with standard entry to the whole house £14 per adult. You can however just take in the grounds for £7.20.
Another easy access trail that offers a great scenic walk is the 1.8-mile walk along flat pathways around Leybourne Lakes. There are plenty of points of interest along the walk too and its perfect for the children. There is a play area that the kids will enjoy and also snake sculptures throughout the park, with eight different ones to spot. Inside the park is a water activity centre with windsurfing and canoeing available to entertain older children. Scuba divers can also use the lake, with marker buoys relating to sunken objects. With parking on site, this is a great country trail to explore.