Family-friendly walks with a reward in Kent!
The festive period of indulgence is behind us as we say goodbye to the endless supply of nibbles and try to embrace a healthier lifestyle in the new year. If signing up to a new gym doesn’t sound like your kind of exercise, we have a very tempting selection of walks with scenic views and a pot of gold at the end of the trail (a pub, café or playpark) which will convince the cosiest of sofa snugglers to get their coats on!
Check out our list of family-friendly walks to help you brush off the cobwebs!
Put a spring in your step as you walk from Beltinge Beach to Herne Bay, following the magical path into the woods and the fairy glen before travelling along the coastal route into the bay. Once you have reached the town there are pubs, restaurants and chip shops galore to fuel you for the journey back. The route is highly accessible too, making it perfect for scooters and pushchairs with the play park on the seafront keeping the little feet motivated on the walk.
Deal to Walmer
Take a stroll along the seafront between Walmer Castle and Deal Castle on the flat, wide footpath which is popular with families that have buggies, scooters and bikes. The journey between the castles is about 2km only taking 30 minutes each way and there are beach hut café’s and kiosks along the way if you need warming up from the winter winds.
Starting at the beautiful Kent Wildlife Trust nature reserve, Oare Marshes near Faversham you will be surrounded by 170 acres of mudflats and marshland which attracts a diverse range of wetland birds to identify. After a bit of birdwatching, you can head to the historic Three Mariners pub which has cosy features such as an open fire and a menu to get those taste buds tingling too!
The Zetland Arms to The Coastguard
From pub to pub, breathe in the sea air as you take a wander across the white cliffs with the views of France in the distance, travelling from The Zetland Arms in Kingsdown, the picture-perfect pub on the beach and finishing at another stunning pub set right on the shingles! This is a great walk for those of us who need the promise of a pint to get us from A to B.
Buggy-friendly Birchden Wood near Groombridge is a great place to take the little ones for a scavenger hunt in the forest, finding the wooden sculptures of animals, acorns and secret dens! Although there is no pub directly on the site at this location there is a communal BBQ which is free to use for an authentic forest field trip!
Cinderhill Woods to Matfield
Pack your wellies as you head to Cinderhill Woods for an off-roading adventure through up to 12 hectares of woodland and grassy fields with beautiful streams and picturesque views from the heath. The trail can get muddy during the winter so it is not recommended for buggies, although there is an accessible path from the car park to the viewpoint. We would recommend that you take a pitstop at one of the pubs in Matfield such as The Star or The Poet for some tasty food and a hot drink!
We hope that these routes inspire you to get moving and explore the beautiful Kentish countryside and coast.
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