Walking in Kent, self guided walks
Discovering Rural Kent Tour; self-guided:
This is a 7 day including arrival and departure days comprising of six night's accommdation and a 5 day circular walk, starting and finishing at the cathedral city of Canterbury. On leaving Canterbury, the walk winds its way through the Garden of England taking you through some of Kent's finest countryside. On average you cover 10 miles each day and your tracker is at the end of a phone to advise you about your walk and will meet you each morning to go over the route and provide you with your packed lunch.
This walk has been designed to help you discover the true heart of Kent, its countryside, history and local crafts. Special attention is paid to the county’s orchards, vineyards and hop-gardens. This circular walk detours off to find the nooks and crannies of the county seldom visited by tourists or the casual traveller. You are invited into the rural heart of Kent and its fascinating backwaters.
On arrival at Canterbury, you will be met by a tracker at your first night’s accommodation close to the cathedral and the ancient city of Canterbury. The first afternoon allows time to explore historic Canterbury and visit the shrine of Thomas à Beckett.
The walk leaves Canterbury following the footsteps of the Pilgrims to the Kent coast. The journey crosses Watling Street at Bridge into the chalk down-lands of the Elham valley, passing Oswalds House where Joseph Conrad spent his retirement.
As the walk follows the course of the Nailbourne it passes through the picturesque villages of Elham and Lyminge, which provide rest breaks in the journey through the Elham valley. You will visit St Ethelburga's Well at Lyminge. Before leaving the white cliffs of Dover behind as it follows the North Downs, the route passes through the village of Postling where Conrad wrote Lord Jim, until the beautiful market town of Wye is reached.
After Wye, the journey strikes north through the 5,000 acre Kings Wood to Godmersham Park, home of Jane Austen. It passes through Chilham, Kent’s prettiest village with its castle and square surrounded by timber framed houses and ambles along the banks of the Great Stour. The walk ends in Canterbury where the final night’s accommodation waits.
This is the ideal holiday for those who wish to proceed at their own pace and commence at a date and time of their choice. You will be met by a tracker each day, who will take care of your luggage and take you to your first night's accommodation.
The tracker will issue you with maps, literature about the walk, local history briefs and an itinerary for your holiday, along with useful tips on how to get the most from each day's journey. While you proceed through the countryside, staff will take your luggage to your next accommodation
We have gone out of our way to make sure that all the Inns, hotels and guest house accommodation we use welcomes walkers. Much of the accommodation is in local inns dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. You will find them to be friendly, with good cooking and comfortable bedrooms. Accommodation is located near to places of interest along the route and within walking distance of restaurants and public houses. All bookings include breakfast and a locally sourced packed lunch of Kentish food. Your luggage will be transported by a tracker to your next destination.