Kit's Coty House

Kit's Coty House, Aylesford

Kit's Coty House
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Atlanshia
Rochester, UK64 contributions
Beautiful History on our doorstep
Jan 2021 • Family
We went out in search of some of our local history. It’s a short walk from the lay-by behind Mickys dinner. The stones stood alone in an empty field, surrounded by a fence. Beautiful well cared for by English heritage. It’s a clean monument, free of litter. Small and little information but it’s fun to imagine the lives of people far removed from our own. The views surrounding the monument are amazing.
Written January 1, 2021
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Alex Leggett
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Stone wonders
Jul 2020 • Solo
If you drive down the rochester road and turn left on to pilgrims way there is a parking spot on that corner you can walk up to kits coty house and along to the coffin which is in the middle of the vineyard in front of you and you could walk down to little kits coty (countless stones ) there were trees planted between the stone ( christan thing ) which made them hard to count these have now gone.but I would drive down to pratling street there is a laybay either side of the entrance and w
alk back up 20ft its safer. If you carry on down on the left is tottingham farm they have a stone at there entrance.You should also drive down the bluebell hill to the garage and park round the back a short walk is the white hourse stone if this is still not enough then addington is not to far to see the couldron
Written July 17, 2020
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Scott C
40 contributions
Nice to see on visit to the area
Aug 2019
This is a very picturesque megalithic structure which many locals know of but never get to. It is set in a field, just off of a footpath in a wooded area and a few minutes walk from the road.
Written October 3, 2019
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KevofKent
Maidstone, UK282 contributions
Maidstone’s own Stonehenge
Apr 2019 • Couples
Always heard about and seen the road signage so today me and the partner had to explore this treasure. Easy to find and prominent on the hillside. Amazing how Kentish Ragstone from the other side of the Medway river could be transported up to this high point. Each large slab must weigh around 6 tons which is an unbelievable feat!
A truly must visit site to appreciate the 5000 years of history
Written April 7, 2019
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Nan Net
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Fabulous food. First class staff especially Katie our waitress .
Mar 2019 • Family
Lovely restaurant . Food was nicely cooked very hot. We had Mother's Day lunch. Smoked Salmon,Roast Lamb and desserts. We will definately return to enjoy more from the menus .
Written March 31, 2019
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Robby
Aylesford, UK15 contributions
6000 years old
May 2018 • Friends
May the first; at sunrise sees the Kit's Kote Morris Team welcoming the new growing season with fertility dances wine cake and humour,
Built 4000 BC Kit's Coty House is a chambered long barrow; on the other side of the hedge as one goes south-east down The North Downs Way, just on the lower reaches of Bluebell Hill; near Chatham Old Road; adjacent to the (299) in Aylesford Kent.
The remains consist of two large Vertical stones capped by a third.
It is said that the stones are the remains of a long-barrow some 70m long. The west end of the mound was marked by another large stone; called the Generals Stone; though this was blown up in 1867.
The monument stands alone on the egde of a field but it is well worth a visit if only to see something older than Stonehenge. Great as part of a walk that could include The Countless Stones and Deadman's Stone (In the middle of a Vinyard directly south of Kit's Cote House.
See you at 5:25 on May 1st.
Written March 4, 2019
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Kelly M
Maidstone, UK215 contributions
Stumbled across it!
Oct 2018 • Friends
We were “in training” for an 8 mile walk and so used a walking app to complete the bluebell hill 8 mile walk, we knew kits Coty was part of the walk and were excited to see it. We got to a point in the walk where we were disappointed at the thought of having passed it and not found it, and there it was, we literally stumbled across it! We were all in awe of the monument and spent a good deal of time walking around and looking at it! Definitely a high point of the walk!
Written December 28, 2018
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Malcolm H
Aylesford, UK414 contributions
Atmospheric
Jan 2018 • Friends
Rather awe inspiring to visit during the day and imagine all who have trod where you have over the last thousand or more years. And at night, during a ghost and Big Cat walk, it becomes very spooky and atmospheric in that Bluebell Hill area. Worth a visit, certainly during the daytime.
Written December 11, 2018
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155richard81
Tauranga, New Zealand578 contributions
Hard to find
Aug 2018
The monument is up a steep path from the junction of Rochester road and Pilgrims way road but can be quite hard to find. Its quite a short walk to the monument which is fenced off.
Written November 7, 2018
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK812 contributions
The visit took some planning.
Sep 2018 • Family
We took a trip to Kits Coty House and Little Kits Coty Hose (the ‘countless stones’), in connection with getting some material with our granddaughter homework project. I had visited here many years ago as a young boy and my wife as part of a school trip but this was the first time we had made our own way.
A visit to Kits Coty House can be problematical as it is located in a field away from any roads and is not obviously sign posted. Also places to park your car legitimately nearby are limited, and after some prior research on the internet, we managed to find a small layby in the Old Chatham Road close to an entrance to the North Downs Way trail which leads the visitor straight past the monument.
As an alternative, there is a layby on the Rochester Road near to the Lower Bell public house and the monument can them be reached either by skirting a farmer’s field or walking along the Chatham Road.
When you arrive, the monument does not initially look much but if the visitor can imagine an earth barrow extending from the stones which effectively formed an entrance to a chamber for interring human remains then it can be placed more in context. Round the back of the monument can be seen some very old graffiti proving that this act is not a modern day phenomenon.
If you have taken the trouble to walk to the monument, spend a few moments admiring the view.
If you wish to continue and see the Little Kits Coty House (perhaps better known as the ‘countless stones’), then continue on the North Downs Way trail to the road junction of Rochester Road and Pilgrims Way.
You have two choices here, we crossed the road onto the Pilgrims Way footpath and then skirted the farmer’s field walking parallel with Rochester Road to the clump of trees extending into this field which is the location of the monument. Alternatively the visitor can walk along the Rochester Road about 300 metres to an opening on the left though note that this road can be very busy, the traffic fast and there are no pavements.
Little Kits Coty House is not at all as well preserved as Kits Coty House and is effectively a pile of stones in a jumble on the floor, but still worth a look.
Written October 4, 2018
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