Riverside walks in Kent
What is it about water? Super tranquil, it can
wash away the stress. As you relax, discover a canal that doesn’t
go anywhere or enjoy a pint and the views.
Appledore 5 miles
(8km) and West Hythe to Hythe 1.9 and 4
miles (3 and 6.4 km)
These walks both take you beside the Royal
Canal, built as a front-line defence against the French in
Napoleonic times. It helps drain farmland, and provides a perfect
place to watch wildlife. Nearby attractions include the lonely
churches of Romney Marsh, their communities long-since departed,
Rye, and Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.
The route takes you along a picturesque
stretch of the River Darent. Don’t miss the Mill House,
across the road from the Lion Hotel in Horton Kirby, a white
weather boarded former watermill. Captain Bligh who was in command
of The HMS Bounty when the notorious mutiny occurred in 1789 once
Yalding to Nettlestead
walk 6 miles (9.5km)
Cross the longest medieval bridge in Kent, the
scene of a battle between the Roundheads and Cavaliers in 1643. On
this route you pass Nettlestead Place, and its 10-acre garden,
which opens to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme on
special days in the summer.If you have time after your walk, visit
the potter at Teapot Island in Yalding.
West Farleigh river walk
This walk starts by the river, then heads up a fairly steep hill
to give excellent views of the Medway Valley. It can easily be
linked to the Teston walk to create a longer route.
Look out for Kettle Bridge - otherwise
known as Barming Bridge. There has been a crossing at St Helens
Lane since before the Roman times. There was a ford here which the
Romans put down cobbles on. It is said if you dive down to the
bottom of the river you can still see the cobbles.
East Peckham river walk
An excellent walk starting and finishing in the village, taking
you along a quiet stretch of the River Medway.
One of the tributaries to the River
Medway, the River Bourne, joins the River Medway along this walk.
The Bourne was once a productive river and used to power many
mills. It is unsurprising given the name - that a Mill used to
exist at Little Mill on the Bourne. Now part of the building is
demolished and part is converted.
Kent was the most successful area in
the UK for hop farming.The walk takes you by the back of the Hop
Farm Country Park which hosts the largest group of Victorian Oast
Houses in the world.
Teston river walk
This walk is
always a favourite with good views of the Medway Valley. It takes
you through a variety of wooded and grassland areas and can also be
easily linked to the West Farleigh walk if you would like a longer
walk. This walk takes you through Teston Bridge Country Park,
where you can enjoy the open grassland and mix of riverside
vegetation. Kingfishers can often be spotted long this stretch, as
can Common Ternin the Summer.
There are 4 fantastic walks in Faversham which follow rivers.
These guides are full of interesting facts and places to visit
including England’s oldest brewery when you return to Faversham
after a relaxing walk.
Find out more about all the walks which follow rivers:
Earth Wind and Water, A Walk on the Wild Side, First Fruit, The Two
Royal Military Canal
This long distance 28 mile (45km) walk can
be broken into smaller walks along the route. The
canal was built to protect England from the possible invasion of
Napoleon's troops, with construction of the canal beginning in
1804. Today, the canal is a great place to walk and enjoy the
surrounding scenery and wildlife.