Long Distance Paths
The following network of long distance paths cross the region. They are a great way to explore the area and make terrific short breaks and holidays. For organised trips see the holidays listed on Walking and Cycling.
1. Darent Valley Path (19.4 miles / 31.3 kms)
A footpath beside the meandering Darent River from the banks of the busy River Thames at Dartford through the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the Greensand Hills above Sevenoaks.
2. Eden Valley Walk (14.5 miles / 23.3 kms)
Follow the banks of the River Eden and the River Medway and along delightful paths and lanes, through the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on this 15 mile walk.
3. Elham Valley Way (21.4 miles / 34.5 kms)
From the internationally renowned cathedral city of Canterbury, down to the popular coastal town of Hythe, taking walkers through enchanting countryside and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Traverse the sandstone ridge from Haslemere in Surrey to Hamstreet in Kent, crossing Leigh Hill, the highest point in south East England, through ancient woods, fruit orchards, hop farms and pretty villages to cliffs above Romney Marsh that once formed the country's coastal edge.
5. Medway Valley Walk (28.5 miles / 45.8 kms)
Ancient castles, historic villages and some of Kent's finest wildlife sites are to be discovered along the Medway Valley Walk, which runs from Tonbridge to Rochester.
The Miner's Way is a walking and cycling trail exploring the rich heritage and landscape of the former East Kent Coalfield. The route links together the former mining communities, colliery sites and stretches of the East Kent Light Railway.
A footpath offering walkers 153 miles of spectacular scenery, picturesque villages and glorious rolling countryside. But then you would expect nothing less from a route that passes through both the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). Short sections are open to horseriders and cyclists too.
8. Pilgrims' Way
By combining the St Swithun's Way and the North Downs Way (Surrey), North Downs Way (Kent) - Part 1 and North Downs Way (Kent) - Part 2 you can follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims from Winchester in Hampshire to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury.
9. Royal Military Canal (28.7 miles / 46.2 kms)
Hythe to Cliff End beside the waterway built as a defence against Napoleon's forces.
Follow the route of the River Stour from its source at Lenham, in the heart of the Garden of England, to the historic city of Canterbury and down to the Straits of Dover near Pegwell Bay.
11. Wantsum Walk (24.7 miles / 39.8 kms)
The Wantsum Walk will enable you to explore and experience the variety of the North Kent coast and countryside between Herne Bay and Birchington. The area is of interest for its natural history, geological, archaeological, architectural and landscape features.
12. Wealdway (Kent) (37.5 miles / 60.3 kms)
Follow the Wealdway through the heart of the Kent and Sussex countryside, from the Thames Estury at Gravesend to the popular pier at Eastbourne - a resort which grew in importance with the 18th century enthusiasm for seabathing.