Coast & countryside: Kent
Do you want to walk along cliff tops and view the English Channel? Or climb hills for stunning views across the countryside? There's something for everyone to enjoy in the coast and countryside sites we look after in Kent.
Iconic coastline, amazing cliff-top walks, views across the Channel and the ideal spot to watch the busy port below. To experience the real beauty and wildness of the White Cliffs of Dover, walk the two miles from the visitor centre to the lighthouse.
With more than 200 acres of woodland, this is a perfect spot for wildlife spotting and a peaceful walk - with stunning views over the Weald. You can also start the Octavia Hill centenary trail at Toys Hill and go onto Ide Hill, Emmetts, Mariners Hill or Chartwell.
Just off the Greensand Way, this smallish area of woodland at Ide Hill is perfect for a gentle walk or picnic, with lovely views and bluebells in spring.
Surrounded by woodland, there’s plenty of space to play and explore at Chartwell. Pick up a walks leaflet from the visitor centre and follow one of the trails. You could even walk to near by Emmetts Garden.
This wooded area with great views is just off the Greensand Way. It’s a perfect place to explore as part of a longer walk or to take the dog for a run. Mariners Hill is particularly lovely in spring when it’s covered in bluebells.
The network of woodland paths here, including the Greensand Way, is ideal for walkers and horse-riders. At the highest point of One Tree Hill, there's an open area with wonderful views to the south over the Weald.
Surrounded by farmland and woodland this area is popular with dog walkers. The woodland at Ightham Mote is most beautiful in spring, when it’s covered in bluebells.
Parkland, woodland and farmland: this is Kentish countryside at its best. Look out for the sheep, cattle and oast houses and find the den building spot in the woods. There are short and longer trails that you can follow at Scotney Castle and geocaches to find.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden is not just a garden – in fact, it was the surrounding land that inspired Vita Sackville-West, with its views across the Weald, over farmland, a productive vegetable garden and woodland with sunny glades and lakes.
Only 13 miles south-east from central London and easy to reach by train, Petts Wood and Hawkwood is an oasis of green and tranquillity with plenty of space to escape, explore or just enjoy simple outdoor pleasures.