Kearsney Abbey


Alkham Valley

Things to do in the Alkham Valley: 

  • Amble through the countryside, following one of the Alkham Walks that you can download from the village website, could be followed by a drink and lunch at The Marquis of Granby.
  • Check the cricket fixtures with the Marquis and spend the afternoon watching a game on the village green, properly known as Vicarage Meadow. Overlooking the village green is historic St Antony’s - well worth a visit to see this Grade l listed church and it's churchyard which is managed as a nature reserve.
  • The Alkham Valley offers a variety of good quality accommodation: stay at The Marquis of Granby in the village of Alkham, award winning Alkham Court Farmhouse B&B or Meggett Farm Cottage (self-catering) in South Alkham.
  • Explore the Alkham Valley on foot. You can follow the Alkham Walks, downloadable from the Alkham village website. Take a picnic lunch (either prepared for you by your accommodation or sourced from local farmers' markets) or stop off at the Alkham Valley Garden Centre’s Gardener’s Kitchen Tea Room in their oak-framed thatched Kent Barn.
  • Visit the two nature reserves in the Valley, both managed by the Kent Wildlife Trust – the Lydden Temple Ewell (James Teacher) Nature Reserve and Sladden Woods, known locally as the Horizontal Wood. 
  • Visit Crabble Corn Mill in River from where you can follow a Walkers Friend route to explore the area, taking in sites of interest such as Kearsney Abbey Gardens, St Radigund's and the Abbey, The Minnis and Scotland Common. Rescued from demolition and opened to the public in 1990, the Mill can now boast to be one of the most complete and working examples of a Georgian watermill in Europe.