Enjoy the great outdoors!
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 area 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.
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro at cycling, you’ll find local routes for all levels of ability - we especially recommend the routes which take in Canterbury’s rich heritage or escape to the coast through beautiful countryside and woodland.
Don’t have a bicycle for your trip around Canterbury? Don’t worry - you can hire one!
Time to explore top walks
Blean Woods National Nature Reserve
Discover stunning works of art on this trail, highlighting the best features of Blean’s ancient woodlandFind out more about Blean Woods National Nature Reserve
Enjoy the beauty of the village of Chartham including its village green, historic houses and stunning churchFind out more about Chartham Walk
Blean Wildart Trail
The Wildart Trail highlights and celebrates features of the native woods, a walk of discovery through different habitats within a beautiful ancient woodland settingFind out more about Blean Wildart Trail
Follow an ancient pilgrim route undertaken by a famous Archbishop of Canterbury in 990 ADFind out more about Via Francigena
Our parks and gardens take a wander...
Explore the beauty of Canterbury's finest outdoor space, from its Victorian buildings to its Norman archways and oriental treesExplore Westgate Parks
Dane John Gardens
Stroll through an avenue of lime trees whilst admiring landscaped gardens, a wonderful water feature and a former fortified mound built by the RomansExplore Dane John Gardens
Herne Bay Memorial Park
Wander through this stunning memorial park and enjoy its beautiful flower displays, large lake and sporting facilitiesExplore Herne Bay Memorial Park
On your bike... local cycle routes
The Great Stour Way
Journey along the banks of the River Stour and enjoy this tranquil 3 mile bike ride featuring a mix of heritage and wildlifeFind out more about The Great Stour Way
Crab and Winkle Way
Go from cloisters to oysters with seven miles of almost traffic-free cycling connecting Canterbury to WhitstableFind out more about Crab and Winkle Way
Oyster Bay Trail
Take in the sea air as you tackle this near 7-mile trail which finishes up at the imposing Reculver TowersFind out more about Oyster Bay Trail
Land ahoy! boats and sailing
Grab your paddles and take to the water for a guided tour of the River Stour from Fordwich to Grove FerryExplore
Enjoy yacht, angling, kite and wind surf activities at this historic harbourExplore
Meander through peaceful gardens and tales of the past with this relaxing river punt tripExplore