Walking in Kent

40 circular short walks and day walks

By Kev Reynolds

A guidebook describing 40 walks in the county of Kent. Covering west Kent and The Weald and north and east Kent, including the Kent Downs and the Greensand Hills. Walks of 5 to 9 miles explore rivers and coastline, beautiful countryside and historic villages. With outlines of 11 longer walks ranging from 15 to 163 miles.



It is possible to walk in Kent all year round


Sevenoaks, Westerham, Faversham, Canterbury, Wye, Tenterden, Sandwich, Appledore, Dover


The walks are suitable for all abilities, and are perfect for days out and getting 'away from it all'. No specialised equipment or clothing required
Must See

Must See

North Downs; greensand hills; vineyards, orchards and farms of the Weald; dramatic coastal cliffs; marshland and land that once was sea; riverside walks along the Medway; historic buildings and ancient sites
7 Sep 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    Walking in Kent describes 40 circular day walks in the Garden of England. This guidebook includes routes ranging from 5 to 9 miles in west Kent and The Weald and north and east Kent. Encompassing woodland walks, clifftop paths and riverside rambles, there is something for everyone, from family strollers and determined ramblers. No specialised equipment or clothing is required.
    The guide includes easy-to-follow route descriptions, 1:50K OS map extracts, background information and a route summary table. It also gives outlines of 11 longer walks in the Kent area, including the Darent Valley Way, the Saxon Shore Way and the North Downs Way National Trail.
    Kent is a wonderfully diverse county and these walks explore every corner, from the estuaries of the Medway and to the vast sweep of the Weald with its historic villages, orchards, hop gardens and vineyards. But best of all, there is the surprise of long unhindered views and big skies over Kent, where Britain begins.

  • Contents

    The North Downs
    The greensand hills
    The Weald
    When to go
    What to take
    Using this guide
    The walks
    West Kent and the Weald
    1 Lullingstone Park to Shoreham
    2 Shoreham to Romney Street
    3 Westerham to French Street and Chartwell
    4 Crockham Hill to Toys Hill and Obriss Farm
    5 Toys Hill to Ide Hill, Crockham Hill and French Street
    6 Ide Hill to Manor Farm
    7 Sevenoaks Weald to Boarhill
    8 Shipbourne to Underriver and Ightham Mote
    9 Four Elms to Winkhurst Green and Bough Beech
    10 Marsh Green to Crippenden Manor
    11 Cowden to Horseshoe Green and Bassett’s Farm
    12 Cowden to Hoath Corner
    13 Chiddingstone to Penshurst
    14 Penshurst to Salmans and Nashes Farm
    15 Penshurst to Fordcombe
    16 Groombridge to Speldhurst
    17 Brenchley to Matfield
    18 Yalding to Hunton and Buston Manor
    19 Teston Bridge to Wateringbury and East Farleigh
    20 Linton to Boughton Monchelsea Place
    21 Ulcombe Church to Boughton Malherbe and Grafty Green
    22 Pluckley to Little Chart and Egerton
    23 Wittersham Road station to Small Hythe and Tenterden
    24 Appledore to Stone-in-Oxney and Royal Military Canal
    North and East Kent
    25 Camer Country Park to Luddesdown and Great Buckland
    26 Stansted to Fairseat, Hodsoll Street and Ridley
    27 Trosley Country Park to Coldrum Stones and Ryarsh
    28 Newington to Upchurch and Lower Halstow
    29 Leysdown-on-Sea to Shellness and Harty
    30 Faversham to Oare Creek, Uplees and Oare
    31 Faversham to Ham Marshes and Oare Creek
    32 Wye to Crundale and Coombe Manor
    33 Wye to Wye Downs and Cold Blow
    34 Chilham to Stour Valley
    35 Stodmarsh Nature Reserve to Grove Ferry
    36 St Nicholas at Wade to Chitty and Sarre
    37 Bridge to Patrixbourne, Kingston and Bishopsbourne
    38 Elham to Breach
    39 Sandwich to Sandwich Bay
    40 Dover (White Cliffs Picnic Site) to St Margaret’s at Cliffe
    Longer walks
    41 The Darent Valley Path
    42 The Eden Valley Walk
    43 The Elham Valley Way
    44 The Greensand Way
    45 The High Weald Walk
    46 The Medway Valley Walk
    47 The North Downs Way
    48 The Royal Military Canal Path
    49 The Saxon Shore Way
    50 The Stour Valley Walk
    51 The Wealdway

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful addresses
    Appendix C Recommended reading

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  • Reviews
    Good information, excellent maps and lovely photographs

    This is the latest walking guide from Kev Reynolds, who has lived in Kent since the 1960s. The book mainly details 40 short (4-10 miles) circular walks in the Garden of England, taking in woodland, clifftops and riversides in a county rich in varied walking terrain.

    It's fair to say that short walks like this are of limited interest to LDWA members, although the walk descriptions are very detailed, there is good information about points of interest, there are excellent maps and there are lots of lovely photographs. But what will interest LDWA members are the outlines of 11 longer routes which run through the county, including the 19-mile Darent Valley Path, the 22.5-mile Elham Valley Way (which l did for Elham Walking Festival this year, and have been asked to repeat next year), the High Weald Walk and the Medway Valley Walk, both 28 miles, and the Stour Valley Walk - which, at 51 miles, some Kent LDWA members have been known to complete in a day. There are also details of the 123-mile North Downs Way National Trail, the I I 0-mile Greensand Way and the 163-mile Saxon Shore Way, which all run through large parts of Kent.

    There are brief descriptions of all these longer walks, plus details of guide books and/or websites where more information can be obtained. All in all, it's a nice little book, even if there is a far higher proportion of walks in the west of the county than there is in the east.

    Graham Smith, the Long-Distance Walkers' Association

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Kev Reynolds

A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, and mountains in particular, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, photography and lecturing.

Claiming to be The Man with the World's Best Job, he has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing over 50 books, including guides to five major trekking regions of Nepal, and to numerous routes in the European Alps and Pyrenees, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds.

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