We’ve done it! We’ve finally escaped the cold clutches of winter and we are officially into the glorious springtime. Now that the skies are clearing up, staying indoors seems like a waste of the weather for many Brits, and hundreds will flood to the countryside to stretch their legs.
As the garden of England, Kent is the ideal place for a lovely springtime walk, either for locals or Londoners looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city on a gorgeous day. From Tunbridge Wells to Canterbury, there are too many stunning Spring walks in Kent to count. Whether escaping the house for a mile or so to unwind a little or to get some good exercise with the whole family on a weekend, there are countless walks on offer throughout the county.
Families of all sizes, including the smallest of legs, will love this circular and easy-going walk near the Romney Marsh in southern Kent. Dungeness features an unusual shingle landscape, making it a great place for a spring walk if you’re looking for somewhere a little different to the frequented paths of the Kent countryside. The position of Dungeness on the Channel makes it a hotspot for migrant birds, creating a birdwatcher's paradise. This could even be an excellent opportunity to create a game for little ones.
For something with a little more lush greenery, this trail around the Scotney estate is an excellent choice. Welcoming families with dogs, this pleasant wander is set within the gorgeous National Trust site in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Take in the iconic Scotney Castle ruins, the surrounding moat, and the estate gardens. With some slight hills around the grounds, simply follow the natural grass or tarmac paths through the fields for an easy to moderate spring walk for the whole family.
For a shorter and more wooded adventure, Hamstreet woods is an excellent option near Ashford in Kent. This nature reserve is managed by Natural England using more traditional methods, meaning that wildlife is allowed to flourish more naturally. This makes it a gorgeous and varied place to wander with the whole family, dogs are welcome too. Colourful flowers, striking old trees, and an array of fluttering insects make it an almost magical stroll. Views across the nearby marshes, farm fields and the Royal Military Canal are just a few of the stops to make in these woods.
Another extremely popular walk through a National Trust area is the Sissinghurst Castle Estate near Cranbrook. Like much of British woodland, the wider estate of Sissinghurst is transformed into a sea of whites and blues come Spring, making it a stunning walk for a sunny spring day. The formal gardens and buildings on the estate are home to a rich history and countless fascinating species of flowers, particularly roses, while the 450 acres on the wider estate make for the perfect picnic location.
While this walk may not offer much greenery, Canterbury is a stunning city to explore, especially when the sun is shining. The mediaeval centre of town is home to the echoes of Chaucer’s pilgrims. Starting from the Canterbury East Railway Station, an easy destination for Londoners to get to, encounter gorgeous timber-framed houses and cobbled streets in plain sight. Even combine this short trail with a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, the highlight of this stunning trail, before circling back to the station.
If you find yourself closer to our Edenbridge storage location, why not discover some picturesque walks near Edenbridge to explore a little more of this beautiful county? There’s plenty to discover right under your nose.