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Abby McEleney
28th March 2024

Explore a range of walking trails suitable for both you and your four-legged friend, with ample space to roam and revel in the beauty of the Kentish countryside.

Whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll or a brisk hike, these dog-friendly paths cater to all preferences and cover many beautiful landscapes. So lace up, step out, and immerse yourself in the natural splendour of Kent's walking territory!

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And while you’re out and about in Kent, it’s important to stay hydrated. Grab your favourite water bottle and download the Refill app, so you always know where you can fill up on your days out – and trust us, there’s a lot in Kent. You’ll never have to buy another plastic bottle again!

Crab and Winkle Way

Explore with your dog one of Kent's renowned hiking routes the historic Crab and Winkle Way from Canterbury to Whitstable. Spanning 7.5 miles through ancient forests and charming surroundings that trace the path of the former pioneering railway. Along the way, you'll encounter a 13th-century church, old-school orchards, and the Blean Woods Nature Reserve. Ideal for both dog walking pedestrians and bicyclists with clear signage along the route.

The Winkle way

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

Chartham Riverside to Canterbury 

Stroll along the banks of the River Stour that flows from Chartham into Canterbury and explore the gorgeous countryside with your canine companion and admire the River Stour’s position as the gateway to the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding National Beauty. Be aware of wildlife along the way such a Kingfishers or grazing cattle and finish your walk in Westgate Gardens full of wonderful flowers for that picture-perfect opportunity.

Explore the Kent Downs

Canterbury Guided Walking Tours

Unlock your dog’s ‘sixth sense’ and discover if canines really can see ghosts, by booking a 90-minute guided tour around Canterbury with your expert Green Badge Guide to unlock the history, heritage and pilgrimage way with tales of murder and potential ghosts tucked into the medieval streets of Canterbury.

Your local guide around Canterbury

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

Nashenden Down

Nashenden Down, located near Borstal and the M2, has been transformed by Kent Wildlife Trust into a thriving nature reserve spanning 55 hectares. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk through a charming community of cottages and farm buildings, along the North Downs Way, and into ancient woodlands with hidden Bronze Age burial mounds. The area offers diverse landscapes and is popular with dog walkers. Additionally, it serves as Cycle Route 17, linking Rochester to Maidstone.

Explore Nashenden Down

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


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

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

Cranbrook Walk

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

Explore Cranbrook

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

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

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

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

Whitstable to Herne Bay

Embark on a picturesque stroll from Whitstable to Herne Bay, tracing the stunning coastline. As you journey between these charming seaside towns, soak in the mesmerising views of the sea and the quaint beachfront scenery. The route offers a leisurely walk, perfect for exploring at a relaxed pace. Along the way, you'll encounter various points of interest, including historic landmarks, inviting cafes, and delightful seaside attractions. Whether you're a local seeking a tranquil escape or a visitor eager to explore the beauty of the English coast, this coastal walk promises an unforgettable experience.

Coastal walk between towns

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. 

Discover more dog-friendly beaches in Kent.

Stroll along clifftops

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 

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.

Dogs are welcome on Stagecoach buses!

Catch a Stagecoach bus to and from your favourite walking spots exploring the Kent countryside with Stagecoach. Helping you to reduce your carbon footprint and help your local environment on the way.

Take a peek at Kent's walking spots and find 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