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Dog Friendly Walks

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Josh Carter
21st March 2022

Lace up your boots and bring along your four-legged friend on a wander through Kent's walking territory! 

Offering a variety of distances, inclines and terrain, these circular walks from our friends at Explore Kent are free of stiles and there’s room to run through the stunning Kent countryside! 

Don't forget, we love to see photos of you and your pooch out and about in Kent, so make sure you share them with us on Twitter and Instagram.

Hamstreet Woods

All manner of sights and smells await on this leaf-crunching walk through Hamstreet Woods. The two mile trek takes in a natural haven, with carpets of bluebells, wood anemones and wildlife to be seen throughout the year. 

Head to Hamstreet

Horton Kirby

Enjoy a 3.2-mile stroll through meadows and open fields along the banks of the River Darent. Wandering alongside the river, keep an eye out for water voles, grey wagtails and wrens enjoying the water.

Stroll through Horton Kirby

The Viking Coastal Trail

At 32 miles, this circular route is not to be taken on in one day, but whichever section you choose to walk with your dog, you'll find dramatic scenery and a wealth of historical haunts to take in along the way. 

Stride with the Vikings 


Sleepy villages and rolling countryside can all be enjoyed on this 9.2 mile circular walk from the picture-postcard village of Sheldwich. 

Set off to Sheldwich

Charles Dickens and Higham

Step back into Charles Dickens country on this 6.6-mile route from the village of Higham, and let your imagination run wild as the route edges around the marshland that inspired the opening scene of Great Expectations. 

Discover a Charles Dickens connection

Faversham Two Creeks

Follow the course of Faversham Creek on this 4.6-mile circular across marshes famed for their wildlife and flocks of migrating birds.

Fall for Faversham

Meopham Walk

Spectacular views await on this 4.7 mile amble towards the village of Meopham, reputedly the longest village in Europe.

Wander in Meopham

Reculver Walk

An easy walk for all the family, this A 3.5 mile coastal trek rambles past the ruins of St Mary's Church and its distinctive twin towers. 

Ramble in Reculver

Pluckley Walk

Step back into the Larkin's Kent on this 4.2-mile route through rural Darling Buds of May country.

Take a trek

Cranbrook Walk

Starting from historic Cranbrook, this circular walk winds through the countryside towards the village of Sissinghurst.

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St Margaret’s Bay

This circular walk rambles past panoramic views, taking in an impressive section of the England Coastal Path along cliff-top paths. 

Stroll along clifftops

White Cliffs Country

White Cliffs Country has wonderful dog-walking spots, including  the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover. The many beautiful walking routes of White Cliffs Country offer fabulous opportunities for memorable dog-walks – with wide open countryside and beautiful beaches. Check out Samphire Hoe for scenic strolls around the cliffs and spectacular views across the English Channel - on a clear day you’ll see France, only 19 nautical miles away. Paths are well-kept for pampered paws.

Penshurst Place

This hidden gem is surrounded by acres of public footpaths, made for walks with your little four-paws. Stroll the public footpaths with your pooch through the estate's parkland and enjoy beautiful landscapes while your pup takes in the scents. Along the way you'll catch views of the House at Penshurst Place, and at the beginning of your walk you'll find the Porcupine Pantry Cafe for treats to keep you going. While pups can't enter the house and gardens, visitors to the public footpaths are able to park in the regular Penshurst Place and Gardens car park, making getting to your walk a stroll in the park. 

Four-paws in the park


Puggy Smalls and his pals barked at the chance to go on a local escape exploring the Kent countryside with Southeastern. Take a peek at their walk and find your local escape #SElocalescapes. 

Your local escape

Please remember that your dog is your responsibility - pick up your dog mess, keep your dog under close control and on the lead if you enter a field with livestock. Read more about the countryside code at explorekent.org/the-countryside-code

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