Winter walks in Kent
PUBLISHED: 07:45 28 December 2014 | UPDATED: 07:45 28 December 2014
Six of the best spots in the county for a winter's walk that will put a spring in your step and blow the cobwebs away
Ightham Mote, nr Sevenoaks
Situated on the edge of the Kentish Weald, this fabulous National Trust property is a well-preserved example of a 14th-century moated manor house. Explore the romantic house and gardens before heading out into the wider estate for a walk. Look out for kestrels soaring the skies and long-tailed tits roving the hedgerows.
You can pick up a leaflet of estate walks from the ticket office – there are mapped routes of 2k (1.2m), 2.25k (2.5m) and 4k (2.5m) over farmland and through woodland.
You can also go the National Trust website to download longer circular routes of Oldbury Hill and Ightham (8.9k/5.5m) and Old Soar Manor and Ightham (11.3k/7m).
Refuel: The National Trust café at Ightham Mote serves light lunches and cakes. For a cracking pub lunch, made with locally sourced produce, head to The Plough (theploughivyhatch.co.uk, 01732 810100, TN15 0NL) in the pretty nearby village of Ivy Hatch.
Further information: nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote