Autumnal walks in the West Kent countryside
How is it the end of November already?
As Autumn draws to a close and transitions into Winter, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect upon my favourite seasonal walks around West Kent. Whether it’s to stretch the legs, catch a breath of fresh air or to tire the dog out, the Kent countryside has such a variety of spectacular trails for everyone to explore.
Here are my top three:
- Toys Hill – if breath-taking views across the stunning Weald are your cup of tea then this is ideal for you. Toys Hill is packed full of history as it’s one of the first places that gave inspiration to Octavia Hill to found the National Trust. You can also visit the site of Weardale Manor free of charge and take a look at the bat tower, which was used as a water tower for the estate before it was torn down and suffered further damaged during the Great Storm of 1987. Walks can vary in distance and time depending on your preference. Visit the National Trust website for more information.
- Goathurst Common – another fabulous walk for stunning views overlooking Bough Beech Reservoir and Wildlife Centre. I find this area particularly pretty in the Autumn as I love the crunching of leaves underneath your feet and the array of colours on the trees surrounding you. If you’re short on time, explore some of the shorter and flatter walks (still accompanied with impressive views), but if you prefer to challenge yourself with varying descents and elevations then there’s plenty of beautiful woodland to experience.
- Emmett’s Garden – there are so many opportunities to delve into history and culture in West Kent. One example of this is the beautiful Emmett’s Garden, an Edwardian estate boasting exotic plants, trees and woodlands, whilst yet again providing you with that panoramic view of the Weald. Now owned by the National Trust, you can walk amongst unusual and unfamiliar flowers and shrubs until your heart’s content. Don’t forget to bring your four-legged friend along for a stroll too as the whole estate allows dogs to soak up the enjoyment just as much as you do.
So, go and get your wellies on and fetch your favourite woolly hat in preparation for a glorious, fresh walk in the Autumnal air, followed by a cosy mulled wine in the pub down the road. Alternatively, curl up on the sofa by the fire when you get home with a hot chocolate, knitted blanket and gorgeous scented candle.
What are you waiting for?