6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Kent Life today CLICK HERE

6 of the best summer strolls

PUBLISHED: 22:19 28 June 2014

Reculver

Reculver

Archant

Kent Life suggests six of the best spots for a summer’s day saunter

GORGEOUS VIEWS

Tandridge, near Oxted

Walk the North Downs around Tandridge Hill for wonderful views and a great show of downland flowers and wildlife, such as butterflies. If you feel like a long stroll, take the Greensand Way from Tandridge all the way east to Ide Hill, or do a loop incorporating the Greensand Way and North Downs Way via Oxted, Tandridge and Limpsfield. You could also walk in the other direction between Merstham and Oxted, passing woodland, downland and vineyards.

REFRESH: The George Inn in Oxted (george-oxted.co.uk, 01883 713453, RH8 9LP). There are also pubs in Tandridge, Limpsfield and Ide Hill.

Further information: www.northdownsway.co.uk

A REGAL WALK

Royal Military Canal, south-west Kent

For an easy, scenic walk on the flat, you can’t do much better than the Royal Military Canal. This majestic waterway, which was built as a line of defence against Napoleon, runs for 45km (28m) between Seabrook near Folkestone in Kent and Cliff End, near Hastings in Sussex. A path runs along its entire length, passing through the peaceful and beautiful surrounds of the Romney Marsh, as well as wooded hills. Many footpaths link into the canal path, so it is easy to plan circular routes. The canal is an important site for wildlife – look out for kingfishers, dragonflies, water voles and swans.

REFRESH: The Shepherd & Crook pub in Burmarsh is close to the canal (shepherdandcrook.co.uk, 01303 872336, TN29 0JJ)

Further information: www.royalmilitarycanal.com, 01797 367934

DOWNLAND FLOWERS

Wye Downs, nr Ashford

This Natural England-managed 134-hectare nature reserve is a lovely place to walk. The chalk grassland and scrub is a flowery paradise for butterflies (such as Marbled Whites and Chalkhill Blues) in high summer; it’s also a good spot to listen out for skylarks and nightingales singing. You can do a circular walk from Wye village towards Down Farm, then southeast along the North Downs Way to Broad Downs and back past Silks Farm. This part of Kent was covered with seawater many moons ago and it is thus a great place to find fossils, such as sharks’ teeth.

REFRESH: The New Flying Horse Inn in Wye (shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/ashford/new-flying-horse-inn, 01233 812297, TN25 5AN).

Further information: www.naturalengland.org.uk

SEA AIR

Reculver Country Park, nr Canterbury

Drink in the sea air at this coastal Country Park on the north Kent shore, 5km (3m) east of Herne Bay. As well as wide views over the estuary, this is a great place to watch birds, such as Gannets, Cormorants, Marsh Harriers and Kestrels. The site also boasts the remains of a Roman fort as well as the ruins of St Mary’ Church, which was originally a monastery. In times gones by Reculver was a wealthy settlement, but people gradually moved away as coastal erosion threatened the site. You can learn more in the Visitor Centre.

REFRESH: The King Ethelbert Inn, Reculver (01227 374368, CT6 6SU)

Further information: www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/reculver-visitor-centre-and-country-park, 01227 740676

ALONG THE RIVERBANK

River Medway, nr Maidstone

This pretty river runs between Tonbridge and Rochester and the best sections to stroll along are found upon the Medway Valley Walk and Len Valley Walk, around West Farleigh, East Farleigh and Maidstone. Look out for kingfishers and, if you’re walking on a summer’s eve, listen out for nightingales and keep your eyes peeled for Barn Owls and various species of bats that fly just above the water’s surface. There are lots of walk routes available on the Visit Maidstone website.

REFRESH: The Walnut Tree in East Farleigh (walnuttreeeastfarleigh.co.uk, 01622 721 106, ME15 0HJ)

Further information: www.visitmaidstone.com

ROMANTIC GARDENS

Scotney Castle, nr Tunbridge Wells

Explore the romantic 26-acre gardens at Scotney, which surround the moated old castle and tumble with clematis and roses in the summer months. The wider estate, which encompasses 780 acres, is a great place for walks and picnics. There is a 2-mile mapped National Trust walk or you can go further afield and take footpaths through Kilndown Woods to the Globe and Rainbow pub. If you want a longer hike, you could do a circular around the castle, Kilndown and Lamberhurst.

REFRESH: The Globe and Rainbow in Kilndown (gloveandrainbow.co.uk, 01892 890803, TN17 2SG

Further information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle

FIND OUT MORE

For more walks around Kent, visit the Explore Kent website at www.kent.gov.uk/explorekent

Look out for our next autumn walks ideas in October Kent Life.

More from Out & About

With high-speed rail links, a rejuvenated high street and £590m worth of investment in new developments, Ashford’s expansion continues

Read more
January 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019

The elusive snowdrop can be hard to find and before you know it, they’re gone again, so we saved you the trouble and found some beautiful spots in Kent to go for a walk among the snowdrops

Read more

This scenic small town is regularly voted one of the best places to live in the country. Here’s why

Read more
January 2019
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A series of special events and activities will run in 2019 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of ‘the loveliest castle in the world’

Read more
January 2019

It’s our county’s most popular tourist attraction and has our largest student population. Let’s take a look at the busy little city of Canterbury

Read more
December 2018

On the banks of the Medway and boasting great shopping, dining and cultural attractions, our county town is great to visit at any time of year

Read more
December 2018
Monday, December 10, 2018

In the final month of the 50th Anniversary of the Kent Downs AONB and 40th of the North Downs Way, we’ve chosen 25 places to visit and enjoy in the Kent Downs this winter

Read more
Monday, December 3, 2018

This walk is the best way to take in the majestic beauty of the Weald of Kent, linking the North Downs Way at Trottiscliffe with the South Downs Way near to Eastbourne

Read more
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Counteract all that festive over-indulgence with a winter walk through National Trust-owned Kentish countryside

Read more

This characterful little country town draws history lovers from near and far. Let’s explore Churchill’s beloved Westerham

Read more
November 2018

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory
Kent Life Food & Drink awards 2016. Open for entries.

Latest Competitions & Offers

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook


Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search

Most Read

Latest from the Kent Life