Kent is truly magical in the wintertime. With frost-laden fields and snow-capped hills, there’s no better way to capture Kent in all it’s winter beauty than a brisk walk. Whether you’re looking for a magical winter wonderland adventure or just wish to spend some quality time with your family in the great outdoors this festive season, there’s something for everyone here in Kent. Don’t forget to stop off at a cosy pub for a humble, hearty lunch to finish off your day out with a full belly!
So, wrap up warm and escape to Kent this Christmas for some truly wholesome family fun…
Winter Walking Trails
For a full day outdoors amongst spectacular scenery, head over to Bedgebury for a historical journey through time. This 13-mile circular route begins and ends in Cranbook, offering fantastic views of the rolling Wealden countryside. Wander through Bedgebury National Pinetum, the largest complete collection of conifers in the whole world and discover a true winter wonderland. Be sure to stop and admire the distinctive architecture in Cranbrook, reflecting the town’s fascinating story…
Discover the wintery home and the surrounding frosty woodland, icy lakes, and winter foliage of Vita Sackville-West on this 10-mile trail through Sissinghurst. Pass through the enchanted village of Cranbrook and explore ancient houses and mills in this rolling Wealden landscape, before reaching Sissinghurst Castle: one of the Weald’s hidden gems. We guarantee you’ll feel truly festive on this wintery walk through time.
The world-famous White Cliffs of Dover are truly magnificent in the winter months. On this 10-mile linear clifftop route, you may find a covering of frost on the ground in the mornings, whilst looking out for the winter birds that feed on the grassland. Spot three of England’s most impressive coastal forts en route; Dover’s ‘Key to England’ and Henry VIII’s Walmer and Deal defence towers. Boasting panoramic views of the English Channel, this route makes for a varied and interesting winter hike.
If nature reserves are more your cup of tea, head on over to Oare Marshes for a brisk yet breath taking winter walk. Following the Saxon Shore Way, this North Kent circular walk begins and ends in the picturesque village of Oare; a fisherman’s paradise. Upon reaching the nature reserve, you will find over 200 acres of saltmarshes, freshwater dykes, and open water ‘scrapes’. This Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is a must-see in the colder months.
Rediscover history and burn off those extra Christmas calories on a winter’s walk at Scotney Castle. The landscape is completely transformed in the wintertime; the castle moat is perfectly picturesque on a clear, crisp winter’s day, offering chilling reflections of the surrounding parkland. Choose from one of four trails around the castle, the longest of which will take you down to the winter wonderland at Kilndown Wood. A great day out for all the family!
Cosy Pubs with Roaring Fires
There’s no better time to head to the pub than after a brisk winter’s walk. Keep toasty and warm in these traditional country pubs with hearty open fires – ideal for a quick beer pit-stop or some delicious pub grub…
The Bull Inn and The Pig & Sty are our local pubs here in Bethersden. The former ancient inn provides comfortable seating by a warm open fire, offering delicious pub grub in a relaxed environment for both locals and tourists to enjoy; whereas the latter Grade II listed public house boasts historical features such as traditional fireplaces, exposed brickwork, and vaulted ceilings – ideal for enjoying a tasty bite to eat in the most comfortable surroundings.
The Pepperbox Inn is a traditional pub near Maidstone, which has been run by the very same family since 1958. Hunker down in the pub’s comfortable sofas next to the large inglenook fireplace and indulge in the delicious a la carte menu. The Peacock Inn is a family-run 14th Century country inn, situated just outside Tenbury Wells. Settle down by the open fire and tuck into some hearty pub grub; made using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.
Glorious Glamping Getaways in the Heart of Kent
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