Winter walks in Kent

PUBLISHED: 07:45 28 December 2014 | UPDATED: 07:45 28 December 2014

Farthing Common

Farthing Common

Archant

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

Medieval history

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

More from Out & About

Our county’s best known spots have been jumbled up and it’s up to you to get them back in the right order

Read more
Thursday, November 26, 2020

Take our quiz to see if you can decipher the town or place in Kent from the emojis

Read more
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

You’ve got 10 minutes to identify where in Kent the likes of Raven gap, Hollow-dweller’s stream and Yew crossing place refer to - let us know how you do!

Read more
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Gardens across the county and beyond are offering virtual garden visits. So take a step into some of Kent’s most enchanting gardens from cottages to country estates with these virtual tours

Read more
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Our county can boast some of the most celebrated and downright unusual protected monuments in the country | Words: Jack Watkins - Lead photo: Historic England

Read more
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Can you distinguish your Colchesters from your Canterburys and your Margates from your Merseas? Take our quiz to test your knowledge of Essex and Kent!

Read more
Monday, November 9, 2020

From rambles through the Kent Downs to pretty village walks and urban strolls, this guide to some of Kent’s prettiest walking routes is essential for the intrepid adventurer

Read more
Thursday, November 5, 2020

Enjoy three of Kent’s best and most loved cycle rides which take in lots of the county’s beautiful coastlines

Read more
Thursday, November 5, 2020

Flint, ragstone and timber – these are the materials that built Kent and gave it its distinctive face. Here we explore some fine local examples

Read more
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Here are 10 tales to make you shiver as we celebrate All Hallows’ Eve | Words: Stephen Roberts - Photos: Manu Palomeque

Read more
Kent Life Food & Drink awards. Open for entries.

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

Latest from the Kent Life