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Walking in the Canterbury district

Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and the surrounding countryside is best explored on foot. Leave the car behind, side-step into the slow lane, and enjoy life at a more relaxed pace. Take time to savour the sights and sounds of this glorious part of East Kent.

The region is laced with trails, tracks and footpaths - including two of Britain's long distance footpaths, the Saxon Shore Way and the North Downs Way. Whether you want to ramble for a day or amble for an hour, Canterbury's countryside is right on track and offers a rich choice for everyone - from casual walkers to seasoned ramblers.

Barham and Adisham Walk

Distance: 6 miles
Route type: Circular
Start postcode: CT3 3JE

This 6 mile walk is relatively flat with plenty of open fields to venture through and a few perfect places to discover for a picnic.

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Blean Wildart Trail - Kent Wildlife Trust 

Distance: 1.1 miles
Route type: Circular
Start postcode: CT6 7NZ

The Wildart Tral highlights and celebrates features of the native woods, a walk of discovery through different habitats within a beautiful ancient woodland setting, with a surprise around every corner. This route has been produced by the Kent Wildlife Trust, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Chartham North Lost Landscape Trail

Distance: 3.5 miles
Route type: Circular
Start postcode: CT4 7HZ

The 3.5 mile Chartham north trail follows the North Downs Way through the northern part of the parish, focusing on local field names.

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Chartham South Lost Landscape Trail

Distance: 6.4 miles
Route type: Circular
Start postcode: CT4 7HZ

This 6.4 mile trail takes you alongside the River Stour, through ancient woodland, culminating with the spectacular views and prehistoric heritage of Chartham Downs.

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Chartham Walk

Distance: 5 miles
Route type: Circular
Start postcode: CT4 7JW

A village green and historic houses are the hallmarks of Chartham at the start of this pleasant circular walk. It follows through the Stour Valley and back along part of the North Downs Way.

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Chestfield Walk

Distance: 3.8 miles
Route type: Circular
Start postcode: CT5 3LS

A 3.8 mile circular walk round the edge of Chestfield village and through the village's conservation area. The walk includes field-side walking, has a section alongside Swale Brook, passes Tudor Manor buildings, and skirts the golf course and the Cricket and Rugby Club grounds.

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Clowes Wood Easy Access Trail

Distance: 3.2 miles
Route type: Linear
Start postcode: CT5 3ER

A level walk of 3.2 miles through Clowes Wood and open farmland. There are benches along the route but no toilet facilities. Open from dawn till dusk.

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Elham Valley Way

Distance: 22.5 miles
Route type: Linear

Follow this 22.5 mile route as it meanders through hidden bywaysm ancient woodland and attractive villages surrounded by parkland, orchards and farmsteads.

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Fordwich to Reed Pond Easy Access Trail

Distance: 2.5 miles
Route type: Linear
Start postcode: CT2 0BX

This popular walk is one of our Walks For All series, passing through pleasant countryside and wooland from the village of Fordwich.

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Grove Ferry Walk - A Taste of The Garden of England

Distance: 6.1 miles
Route type: Circular
Start postcode: CT3 4BP

This gentle stroll strikes off along the banks of the Great Stour, passng the numerous boats that float lazily along the river.

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Herne and West Blean Wood Walk

Distance:  3.5 miles
Route type: Circular
Start postcode: CT6 7JX

This walk through ancient woodland crosses an old droveway before entering open countryside that has wide views across the Swale estuary. Kent Wildlife Trust own and manage much of the woodland.

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Herne Bay Cultural Trail

The Herne Bay Cultural Trail is a free and easy stroll around the town, seafront and Downs, where there are 17 locations of historical interest. The Cultural Trail encapsulates the wealth of history in Herne Bay, dating back to the bronze age.

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Herne, Tyler Hill and Broad Oak Walk

Distance: 8.5 miles
Route type: Circular
Start postcode: CT6 7JT

This 8.5 mile walk follows the route of the old droveways through ancient woodland before returning through open fields and historic farmsteads of the Sarre Penn Valley.

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Marlowe's Canterbury Walk

Distance: 1.6 miles
Route type: Linear
Start postcode: CT1 2JT

A 1.6 mile or 1.3 mile walk through the playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe's Canterbury.

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Minnis Bay to Reculver Country Park

Distance: 3.7 miles
Route type: Linear
Start postcode: CT7 9QP

This is a lovely sea walk, that is particularly refreshing during the summer months. Along the walk from Minnis Bay to Reculver there is plenty to see as you pass a salt-water lagoon, a working oyster farm, and the Reculver Towers and fort.

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North Downs Way National Trail

Distance: 153 miles
Route type: Linear
Start postcode: GU9 8AD

The 153 mile North Downs Way offers spectacular views and a fascinating heritage, passing through the Surrey Hills and the Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural beauty from Franham to Dover.

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Queen Bertha's Walk

Queen Bertha's Walk links together the three parts of Canterbury's World Heritage Site - Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church.

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Reculver Walk

Distance: 3.5 miles
Route type: Circular
Start postcode: CT6 6SU

Enjoy the sights and sounds to be experienced along one of the most rapidly changing stretches of the Kent coastline. Head through Reculver Country Park along the famous Saxon Shore Way and back alongside the strand.

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Saxon Shore Way

Distance: 160 miles
Route type: Linear

Imagine stepping back in time and discovering the coastline of the Garden of England as it stood more than 1,600 years ago. The 160 mile Saxon Shore Way long distance walking route is named after the line of historic fortifications that defended the Kent coast at the end of the Roman era.

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Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve 1 - Grove Ferry

Distance: 1.25 miles
Route type: Linear
Start postcode: CT3 4BP

A short walk of 1.25 miles. The hard surfaces are well compacted but with occasional stones up to 30mm. Although most of the grass surfaces are short and flat, in some locations the ground is more uneven with rougher grass.

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Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve 2 - Stodmarsh

Distance: 0.6 miles
Route type: Circular
Start postcode: CT3 4BA

One of the special routes in the popular Walks For All series, the path is full of opportunities for everyone to explore the wildlife of this fine nature reserve, even taking advantage of a strategic bird hide as well as secure board walks.

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Stour Valley Walk

Distance: 58 miles
Route type: Linear
Start postcode: ME17 2PQ

Follow the route of the River Stour from its source in 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 along this 58 mile walk.

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Tyler Hill and Sarre Penn Valley Walk

Distance: 3.4 miles
Route type: Circular
Start postcode: CT2 9NE

This walk starts and finishes in ancient oak and chestnut woods, crossing the Sarre Penn stream into the open countryside of the Broad Oak Valley.

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Via Francigena

Distance: 1,200 miles

Via Francigena is the ancient route from Canterbury to Rome, followed by archbishops travelling to receive from the Pope their symbols of authority as well as ordinary pilgrims en route to Rome or onward to Jerusalem.

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