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Sibton Park

Kent, England

Four great Kentish walks to try autumn 2017

Posted by Luci Ackers on Oct 13, 2017
Four great Kentish walks to try autumn 2017

It isn't for nothing that Kent has earned itself the title 'the garden of England'. Sibton Park is an ideal base for exploring the exquisite countryside. Here are our top four walking routes to try while you're staying. Really experience the best of Kent and its incredible variety of landscapes with these different trails.

1. South Foreland Lighthouse Walk

This pretty little 4 mile route begins at the White Cliffs visitor centre and will provide a gentle amble along the famous cliffs of Dover. This refreshing walk overlooks the English Channel which is one of the busiest stretches of water in the world and leads you around Langdon Hole and Fan Point towards the South Foreland Lighthouse.

This section of clifftop was an important part of England's defences in World War II and the walk is steeped in interesting history. Find the full walk here.

2. North Downs Way

The North Downs Way is one of Britain's long distance National Trails and ventures through some of the most spectacular British scenery. You can pick the trail up from wherever you like and you'll find it is nicely waymarked and easy to follow. There is also a selection of circular walks based on and around the trail too. The 153-mile route travels through the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs AONB and follows part of the Pilgrims' Way. It takes in scenery rich in heritage and history and reveals a collection of cathedrals, castles, palaces, stately homes, ancient sites and endless defensive fortifications. To plan a route from Sibton Park take a look at the North Downs website here.

3. Scotney Parkland trail

The National Trust's Scotney Castle is a stunning 14th century building that is set in a beautiful garden and surrounded by a large wooded estate. If you fancy stretching your legs take the Scotney parkland trail on a 2-mile circular walk that should take you about an hour. Along your way you will encounter woodland and parkland, you'll cross the River Bewl and will get to glimpse an incredible view of the stately home in the grounds. Find the full route here.

Even if you're not in the mood for a walk, Scotney is a good one for a day out. It's roughly an hour from Sibton Park, and quite stunning!

4. Goodnestone walk

This 2 and a half hour walk is interesting and easy going. It is only 4.5 miles so can be done at a very leisurely pace and is suitable for most people. This one gives you a view of rural Kent and starts you off in the quaint village of Goodnestone before leading you through fields and woodland to the parish of Chillenden. You'll see Chillenden Mill, a reconstruction of the original 1868 trestle post mill that was destroyed in 2003 by fierce winds. Enjoy a visit to the wonderful Goodnestone Park Gardens, where it is rumoured Jane Austen stayed just before writing Pride and Prejudice. Find the walk here. Or learn more about Goodnestone Park here.

Stay in the Garden of England and explore these walks for yourself. Enter your details below for a free brochure on Sibton Park.

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Luci Ackers
Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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