Celebrate Kent’s walking territory
We’re over halfway through National Walking Month, but there’s no danger of us slowing down any time soon!
Kent’s rich landscape is a walker’s paradise, packed with all the excuses you need to take to your feet, stride straight through May and keep walking into summer. Whether you’ve always fancied yourself as a distance walker, backpack and tent in tow, or you just want to marvel at those views as you edge around the coast, we’ve got even more walks to keep you on your toes this month.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Kent Downs as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the 40th anniversary of the North Downs Way National Trail. There are over 153 miles to be explored on the North Downs Way in Kent, stretching from the White Cliffs of Dover to the countryside of Sevenoaks. Walking the entire trail is one way to celebrate, but if you’re not quite ready to don your backpack, there are plenty of short circular walks, art exhibitions and festivals going on throughout the year. Celebrate an icon
Step back in time on a pilgrimage in the footsteps of St Augustine from Rochester Cathedral, past medieval Aylesford Priory and Canterbury Cathedral and Abbey, ending at the Shrine of St Augustine in Ramsgate. Take the full trail on in a week and enjoy a little luxury with baggage transfer and plenty of country pubs along the way, or enjoy a taster with short group trails. Follow St Augustine
A favourite route among walkers in Kent, this one circles the entire Thanet peninsular at 32miles long! Sensational views and the vibrant seaside towns of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs can all be discovered along the way, so feel free to break it down into shorter sections over the summer for a new selection of sandy beaches, cafes and countryside every weekend. Circle Thanet
With five walking fantastic walking routes and the UK’s only Royal harbour at its heart, Ramsgate is the spot to go for those lazy Sunday strolls and seaside jaunts. Stretch your legs on the Sea it All walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs for clifftop views, or take a loop around the town on the Regency, Royal and Riviera walk for a peak at astonishing architecture and café culture. Roam in Ramsgate