Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Lying just 15 miles south east of London and covering 878sq.km of Kent's stunning countryside, the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of the most enchanting parts of England to explore. Dramatic cliffs (including the White Cliffs of Dover), ancient woodlands, meandering rivers, chalk downland, traditional orchards and tranquility with pockets of postcard-picture villages dotted throughout, await the visitor.
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Geoff H
Cranbrook, UK12,068 contributions
One of England's finest landscapes
Apr 2019
Covering an area of just over 560 square miles, the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is considered to be one of the best surviving medieval landscapes in Northern Europe. It covers, at the heart of South East England, parts of Kent, Sussex and Surrey. This "natural beauty" is made up of small irregular-shaped fields, (often the remnants of medieval hunting forests), ancient woods, scattered farmsteads, narrow, sunken lanes (ideal for dog walking) and hamlets and villages. These hamlets and villages developed from temporary buildings ibn wooded areas (known as "dens") where farmers grazed their pigs. In my area, for example, we have Tenterden, Biddenden and Benenden where the buildings are, characteristically, timber, stone and white weather-boarded. The main industries in the area include farming, agriculture and tourism. For tourists, round my home town of Cranbrook, we are lucky to have three castles, Sissinghurst, Scotney and Bodiam. Also, apart from the woods at Sissinghurst, we are lucky to be not that far away from Bedgebury Pinetum. I consider myself to be very lucky to live in this Area of Outstanding NaturaL Beautyn and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to visit one of England's finest landscapes
Written November 6, 2019
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englishrose
London, UK172 contributions
Must visit
Feb 2019 • Friends
Such a beautiful place and out of the world views. On a clear day yoh will enjoy this hike a lot. Wear appropriate gear and would be good if you pack your lunch so can sit somewhere and continue your hike. Wye is a good little village to stop over and have some drinks too.
Written February 13, 2019
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preglad
New York3,509 contributions
6th UK visit Kent & AONB imposed a newfound gem companion to Cornwall & Yorkshire
May 2018 • Couples
It's difficult having favorites. They become clouded and romanticized over time. We sometimes maintain top picks in our mindset to lend credence to the value of our accumulated experience. For many decades, Cornwall and Yorkshire remained unchallenged as twin tops of the heap, if only by an eyelash or rival areas of UK wonder.

Kent has pushed itself into the conversation, most emphatically in its variety and treasures from natural seaside, hills and valleys to manmade treasures within minutes' access one to another. An exclamation point is added by engaging the Kent Downs AONB, which compels frequent unplanned stops along the way.

Additionally, I am hopelessly enraptured by any path that brings out the distinctive benefits of a compellingly responsive manual transmission ride.
Written July 1, 2018
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WalkLeader
Wilmington, UK482 contributions
More open, rural Downland than the North Downs areas to be found further to west
Jun 2018 • Couples
A short three day visit to this section of the Kentish North Downs left me breathless ~ maybe a little from the excellent walking, but because of the stunning views and the open countryside. Coming originally from the North Downs of East Surrey; and now living in the iconic eastern end of the South Downs ... this area of Kent was much closer to the latter in the style of countryside available to explore. We loved it and will certainly return to delve deeper.
Written June 24, 2018
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EarlRay60
Kent, UK1,044 contributions
A walk along The North Downs Way
May 2018 • Friends
The North Downs Way - taking in The Pilgrims Way - runs from Farnham to Dover, past Guildford, Dorking, Merstham, Rochester, along the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs AONB. At East of Boughton Lees, the path splits in two, the northern section running via Canterbury and the southern via Wye; the path crosses the Stour Valley Walk and passes the Wye Crown. The two sections of the path reunite at Dover.
The Pilgrims Way is the historical route taken by pilgrims from Winchester in Hampshire, England, to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury in Kent. The Way is a pre-existing ancient trackway dating to 600–450 BC, but probably in existence since the Stone Age. The trackway run the entire length of the North Downs. The pilgrims would have had to turn along the valley of the Great Stour near Chilham, to reach Canterbury.
The Crown is cut into the North Downs above Wye village, just below the North Downs Way. The Crown cut into the chalk hillside was to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII by college students, on the Wye college estate in 1902.
Written May 29, 2018
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Rabinsmith
Sevenoaks, UK19 contributions
Beautiful green !
Nov 2017 • Family
I f you feel bored at home you need to visit kent downs Natural beauty, you will definitely feel better ! We visited with children. Recommend for everyone!
Written November 9, 2017
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Graeme F
Folkestone, UK109 contributions
Mountain bike ride
Nov 2016 • Couples
Lots of bike rides (or walks) across the North Down, offering spectacular views often as far as the sea.
Written October 14, 2017
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Chiswick Artist
London, UK297 contributions
Lovely area
Aug 2017 • Family
Im blown away by the natural beauty of the local countryside. I wish i could stay here forever. Its super
Written August 28, 2017
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DandyLion2017
Auckland, New Zealand54 contributions
Love this sunset destination
Jul 2017 • Friends
Always take a little time to drive the back roads to catch a glimpse of this area at sunset when passing through. Worth a little detour just to see it in all its glory. A beautiful part of the UK and certainly one of my favourite views.
Written July 31, 2017
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Clive B
Dartford, UK1,336 contributions
Outstanding is the word
Jul 2017 • Family
Covering a vast area, the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty gives many beautify areas of Kent the same protection as a National Park, ensuring that area is preserved for all to enjoy. It is impossible to focus on one part, when there is far more being excluded. but the delights of the Kent Downs AONB include Barham Downs, Blue Bell Hill Picnic Site, Bough Beech Nature Reserve, Boxley Warren, Bredhurst Woods, Chalk and Channel Way, Chilham, Cobham Woods, Cobnut Platts, Denge Wood, Devil's Kneading Trough, Elham, Farmers Markets, Godmersham Park, Heritage Coast, Holly Hill Woodlands, Hucking Estate, Kemsing Down, King's Wood, Knole Park, Gate Down Nature Reserve, Perry Wood, Queendown Warren Nature Reserve, Ranscombe Farm Reserve, Reinden Wood, Royal Military Canal, Samphire Hoe, Saunter from Sole Street, Shorne Woods Country Park, Stelling Minnis, Syndale Valley Walk, The Darent Valley, The Law Day Oak, Torry Hill Park, Toys Hill, Traditional Orchards, Trosley Country Park, Village Churches, Westerham, and the White Cliffs of Dover. If all of these don't impress you, then nothing will.
Written July 23, 2017
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