Natural East Kent
Country Breaks in Alkham Valley and East Kent Downlands
The Alkham Valley and East Kent Downlands are a haven of peace and quiet. Perfect for a rural escape. Picture a quiet valley with secret rivers, open downland where you can wander ancient woodlands and breathtaking coast. Add a sprinkle of forgotten heritage - village churches with intriguing treasures, a world-famous castle, museums and gardens that enthral. There are many wonders waiting for you to uncover so what are you wait for take a look at our suggestions.
The Valley is festooned with accolades and official designations - Special Landscape Areas, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Conservation Areas and 17 Grade Two-listed buildings. Roughly translated that means lots plants and animals to see, as well as geological wonders to admire. You'll find typical chalk downland country with scattered woodlands on steep valley sides, exposed chalk cliffs, long ridges and isolated valleys that feed into the Dour Valley towards Dover. Not only does this region boast these fantastic attractions the East Kent Downlands is home to a range of important habitats and wildlife, including areas of herb-rich chalk grassland and ancient woodlands bright with bluebells and wild flowers. You'll also notice the striking thread of hedges, dividing arable fields and linking many of the woodland areas - important natural corridors for wildlife, providing food, shelter and safety for birds and animals.
Country Breaks in Rural Sandwich
Sandwich is one of the most historic places in England and one of the original Cinque Ports. It is also the best-preserved medieval town and has more medieval buildings than anywhere in England.² Once a major port, second in size only to London, it is now 1.5 miles from the sea, its historic centre preserved. Wander its atmospheric streets and you’ll come across the highest density of listed buildings of any town in England.