The Alkham Valley, Dover (©Alkham Valley Tea Room)

Escape to the countryside

Everyone needs a rural retreat (©DDC)

Escape to the countryside

Goodnestone Park Gardens near Sandwich. Good enough for Jane Austen to visit, frequently. (©DDC)

Escape to the countryside


Escape to the countryside

Escape to peace and harmony in the idyllic countryside of White Cliffs Country

White Cliffs Country in Kent is not just home to spectacular coastline, fascinating history and heritage, quirky and quaint character towns and picturesque villages, packed full of exciting attractions to enjoy and hidden gems to uncover. It is also home to beautiful and unspoiled countryside, where you can breathe deeply in clean, fresh air and absorb the peace and harmony of nature.

Whether you’re taking a stroll along one of our many footpaths in the countryside, exploring on two wheels with a rural bicycle ride or enjoying the hospitality of a traditional country pub, you’ll love the Kent countryside experience that a staycation in White Cliffs Country offers you and will want to come back here, again and again.

Around 22% of the entire region of White Cliffs Country is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) within the Kent Downs, so you’re never far from a rural retreat or nature’s wonderland. Explore our many walking trails and cycle routes - you’ll find something to suit all ages and abilities, while to boost your health and fitness in beautiful countryside surroundings surely marks a change of scenery from a city gym?

Enjoy the beauty of the countryside in our parks and gardens. Visit Goodnestone Park, a frequently-visited favourite of Jane Austen, and don't miss The Pines Garden in the charming village of St-Margaret's-at-Cliffe, from where you can follow a footpath and stroll along the clifftops of the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover.

For an authentic natural experience, visit our nature reserves. Monks Wall Nature Reserve is a short walk from the quayside in Sandwich, while at Western Heights Nature Reserve in Dover you can discover the importance of the rare chalk grasslands for wildlife, within the historical fortifications of a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Don’t forget to visit our beautiful country villages. From Capel-le-Ferne to Coldred, Alkham to East Langdon, these quintessentially English treasures are the lifeblood of the Kent countryside – with traditional pubs, ancient churches and thriving local communities. Our villages are full of fascinating facts from their rich and colourful histories, as you’ll discover – find out more and download our village trail leaflet before beginning your own personal journey into the past.

Of course the countryside is ideal for growing produce and you’ll find locally-sourced food and drink produced in White Cliffs Country in many of our shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs – challenge yourself to taste a difference! And when it’s time to rest your head, you can be sure of a good night’s sleep in quality accommodation… drift off to the sound of sheep in the countryside at a self-catering cottage, spoil yourself at a luxury farmhouse or make yourself comfy at a traditional guesthouse or hotel. Or get even closer to the countryside and check out our options for camping and glamping! We have one of the warmest and driest climates in the UK.

Escape from the hustle and bustle and make White Cliffs Country your countryside escape.