Travel for 15 minutes in any direction from Canterbury's city centre and you'll find yourself in the heart of East Kent's countryside, complete with its historic villages, secret places, wild open spaces and seascapes.

The countryside that embraces the cathedral city of Canterbury and laps the coastal towns of Whitstable and Herne Bay is ripe for exploration. A beguiling combination of rolling chalk downland, ancient woodland, river valleys, marshes and rugged coastline offers unparalleled opportunities to savour the very best of the Garden of England.

walkers in Blean Wood, Canterbury


Canterbury's countryside is best explored on foot. Leave the car behind, side-step into the slow lane, and enjoy life at a more relaxed pace.


canoeing on the River Stour, Canterbury

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