Walks in South East England

The counties of Kent, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey, Isle of Wight, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire
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Living most of my life in Yorkshire, the South East of England had always been something of an enigma to me. Despite my late father being a Sussex man I had rarely traveled to the region, bar a six month spell working in the Tunbridge Wells area in the late 1970's. All work then, no walking for me in those days.

In 2018 I decided to resolve the lack of South East adventures in my walking portfolio by walking for a week on the Isle of Wight. Then in 2019 I spread my wings further by taking a walking for a couple of weeks in and around the South Downs and then later in the same year by spending a week of exploration in Kent. And since then I have resolved to do more walks in the region which will appear on these pages in good time. Oh, and I have an ally. Steven Spall, also a fellow Northerner who spent two enjoyable years living within and exploring the South East corner of England, in particular the county of Kent. He has kindly added some of his favourite South East walks to these pages. So keep looking in to see what new walks Steven and I have to offer.

Interactive map of the walks

Walk Miles Description
Isle of Grain Beachcombing Walk 2.4 A walk from Kent's most remote village which includes the River Medway Estuary and top quality beachcombing.
Gillingham Beach and Horrid Hill 3.6 Some of the nicest of the Medway Estuary to explore and a good jumping off walk for further exploration with children or Ornithology.
Herne Bay, Reculver Towers and Roman Fort 4.5 This seaside route takes in pebble beaches, promenades, stunning cliffs, short climbs, Napoleonic defences and a Roman fort.
Whitstable to Herne Bay Seashore Walk 4.7 A seaside lovers walk following the Saxon Shore Way from Whitstable to Herne Bay.
Chartham, Great Stour Way and Canterbury 5.0 One of the loveliest short walks in Kent, a prelude of gorgeous chalk riverside strolling to a finale of exploring the city of Canterbury.
Wye Downs, Wye Crown, Devils Kneading Trough and Brook 5.1 A lovely North Downs walk taking in Wye Crown and the fabulous Devils Kneading Trough viewpoint.
Emmetts, French Street, Chartwell and Toy's Hill 5.3 Walk among the landscape which inspired Octavia Hill, creator of the National Trust and to Chartwell, private home of Winston Churchill.
Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve 5.4 This walk is one amidst a remote and beautiful landscape with open horizons and is ideal for watching spectacular numbers of birds.
Rochester and Hoo St Werburgh Saxon Shore Walk 10.8 A very interesting River Medway walk following the Saxon Shore Way from Rochester to Hoo Flats.
Rochester, Downs, Wouldham Common, Burham Marshes and River Medway 13.9 A Medway walk from Rochester to common lands and marshlands, some Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Wye, North Downs Way, Chilham, Bagham, Stour Valley Walk and Crundale 14.1 A wonderful Kent villages walk utilising the North Downs Way and Stour Valley Walk.
Rochester, Cobham Park, Luddesdown, Halling and Cuxton 16.4 A beautiful walk with some really rural scenery despite the proximity to some of Kents major conurbations.
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