Written by Lucy, Family Walks and Parks Kent
Walking during Lockdown
At the start of lockdown my husband and I were both on furlough and like everyone we were feeling anxious about these strange times. To help keep us occupied (and sane!) we started walking most days and exploring the area around us with our 2 children, 10 months and 4 years old. It wasn’t long before we came up with the idea of sharing our walks on Instagram and I have been running the page ever since. So we have put together a list of our top 10 family walks in Kent. It almost caused a family feud over what walks didn’t make the cut, but we got there in the end. You will find the majority are buggy friendly too. We hope you enjoy. Lucy x
10. Bewl Water, Wadhurst, TN3 8JH
This 13 mile walking trail will take you around the stunning lake. Of course you can walk for as long as you please, we made it to the woodland area of the route.
There are plenty of activities for the whole family including a fun looking Aqua Park and cycle hire (activities at an additional charge).
9 Reculver Towers and Roman Fort, CT6 6SU
The walk begins and returns at the base which consists of a car park, children’s play area and café. Good foot paths with beautiful sea views. The ruins have some history notes too.
8 Jeskyns Community Woodland, DA12 3AN
Offering 3 different easy access trails varying in length with mostly gravel paths.
Look out for the Gruffalo characters as you go. Good facilities here too.
7 Ranscombe Farm Nature Reserve, ME2 1LA
This walk has made the list because it’s without a doubt one of the most stunning walks we have been on. In some areas it is difficult to walk with the buggy, so if you can manage, leave it at home.
Make sure you pick up a map at the welcome hut and off you go. We walked about 6km on this day. The reason its not higher on the list is because it doesn’t offer any of the family friendly facilities as the other walks do, however we think its perfect just the way it is.
6 Riverside Country Park, ME7 2XH
An atmospheric walk looking for shipwrecks on The Medway. Good flat paths and park facilities. Lots of wildlife to look out for on the water too.
5 Lower Leas Country Park, CT20 2JP
This well kept park has stunning sea views, lots of play areas, and pretty picnic spots. The easy access path takes you mostly along the sea and you can finish with fish and chips on the beach!
4 Ashenbank Woods, DA12 3HB
A magical woods with some ancient trees as well as some historic points to visit along the way. This one isn’t buggy friendly and you’ll really want to be free to explore.
3 Bluewater Nature Trail, DA9 9SU
Compared to our other walks this might seem a strange choice but I think you’d be pleasantly surprised. It’s just perfect for all the family.
2 Knole Park, TN15 0RP
Lots of wonderful space and well maintained walking paths. The highlight here must be the beautiful deer, and there are quite a few. We took a good long walk stopping for a picnic halfway around. Please remember not to feed the deer.
1 Teston Bridge Country Park, ME18 5BX
And it was a unanimous decision for our number 1 spot, 3 cheers for Teston!
It has all the facilities a family could need; parking, coffee hut, picnic areas, toilets, playground but the big hit for us was the river walk. This must be the most photogenic river you have ever seen! And to top it off, incredibly there are pigs on the opposite side. We also spotted horses as we walked the meadow part of the trail. Its not a long or hard walk so is suitable for all the family. Make sure you stop to breathe in the views.
If you would like to know more about any of these walks or one of the many other walks we have done then please head over to our Instagram page familywalksandparkskent