Today I want to share 3 walks in Kent you’ll love taking. The Garden of England is a great place to get outdoors and explore Britain on foot. From coastal hikes to country rambles, there are fun walks you can do throughout the county. Whether you love castles or beaches, stately homes or seaside towns, there’s a walk in Kent for you.

Walks in Kent

Walks in Kent

I’ve gone on a lot of hikes and walks in Kent over the years. They’ve proven that I don’t have to go far to get into beautiful landscapes and coastal scenery.

From seaside towns like Ramsgate to legendary castles in Dover, there’s no shortage of great places to visit in Kent on walks. Each one on my list can be done as a day trip from London, too, so they’re perfect for visitors and locals alike.

Sevenoaks, Kent, England

You can read about additional walks and find further details in 50 Walks in Kent: 50 Walks of 2-10 Miles. If you’re in the UK, you can get it on Amazon here. If you’re in the US, you can get it on Amazon here.

Beyond these walks in Kent, I’ve written guides to my favorite country walks near London and my top country walks in Britain. They have more ideas for you as well.

Viking Bay Beach, Broadstairs

1. Folkestone to Dover Walk in Kent

My first walk in Kent is down on the south coast. This 9.2-mile (14.8-kilometer) hike will take you from Folkestone to Dover. It’s one of the best walks near London by train.

Sunny Sands Beach, Folkestone, Kent

The route of this ramble clings to the shoreline and ascends the iconic white cliffs, offering panoramic views across the English Channel along the way. It’s one of my favorite coastal walks near London.

Chalk cliff on a coastal walk in Kent, England

This hike is for you if you like being by the seaside and enjoy walking along the waterfront. It’s also an ideal one if you love historic streets, as Folkestone is full of lanes with pretty houses and shops.

Houses in Folkestone, Kent

There’s one steep hill you’ll have to climb in the middle of this walk, so it’s a good choice if you like a challenging route.

Coastal Walk to Dover, Kent

I lucked out with the weather when I did this hike in Kent, and I recommend doing it on a sunny day if you can. That’s not least because you’ll see France in the distance if it’s a clear day.

You can visit Dover Castle at the end if you’d like to as well. This legendary fortress is one of the most famous castles near London.

Dover Castle View

If you’re up for doing this ramble, you can see the full route and photos on my blog post about a Folkestone to Dover walk.

Folkestone Mermaid on a Walk in Kent

2. Sevenoaks Walk in Kent

My second country walk in Kent is a point-to-point one near London. This hike will bring you from Sevenoaks to stately homes and through wooded areas to Westerham, a town known for its Winston Churchill connections.

Street in Sevenoaks, England

This 11.6-mile (18.7-kilometer) walk starts at the Sevenoaks train station in Kent. After passing through the town, it veers off into Knole Park, where you’ll see Knole, one of the most famous stately homes near London.


The route continues through fields and forested areas in Kent before passing a National Trust garden and going alongside pretty country cottages to reach Westerham.

This walk in Kent is perfect if you want to do one close to London. It’s less than a 30-minute train ride from the capital, so it’s convenient as far as location goes.

Churchyard in Westerham, Kent

The route is generally flat apart from one steep hill with steps, so it’s fairly forgiving in terms of topography.

If you want to do this walk, you can find the details, photos, and video on my Sevenoaks walk post.

Country Walk Footpath Sign near Sevenoaks, Kent

3. Margate to Broadstairs and Ramsgate Walk in Kent

Third on my list of the best walks in Kent is one from Margate to Ramsgate via Broadstairs. This walk on the Isle of Thanet will bring you to some of the most beloved seaside towns in southern England.

Dreamland Margate

The 6.8-mile (11-kilometer) route follows part of the Thanet Coastal Path. It will take you past nine bays, including Margate Main Sands, the surfing spot at Joss Bay, Viking Bay beach in Broadstairs, and Ramsgate Main Sands.

Broadstairs Beach on a walk in Kent

The walk takes 3.5 to 4 hours to complete, and it’s a good choice if you like beaches, seaside towns, and chalk cliffs in equal measure.

I made an overnight trip of it and stayed at The Bay Tree Hotel in Broadstairs. If you want to do the same, you can book a room here.

Ramsgate Beach, England

You can find the full route for this walk in Kent on Ordnance Survey Explorer map 150 (Canterbury and Isle of Thanet). You can get it on Amazon here.

Viking Coastal Trail, Broadstairs, Kent

If you want a longer walk in the county, you can go on the 32-mile (51.4-kilometer) Viking Coastal Trail, a circular route that passes Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, and inland areas on the Isle of Thanet.

Best Walks in Kent

I hope this list of country walks in Kent has given you some good ideas for places to get outdoors in the UK. They’re great day trips from London, and fun ways to explore England on foot. Happy hiking!

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