Walking holiday in Kent, self guided walks

“A delightful self-guided walking tour of rural Kent, with accommodation in historic inns and warm, personalised support every step of the way. ”


Canterbury | Pilgrims’ Way | Elham valley | Oswalds House | Lyminge | North Downs | Postling | Wye | Godmersham Park | Chilham

Description of Walking holiday in Kent, self guided walks

You’ll uncover the delightful heart of rural Kent on this week-long tailor-made self-guided walking holiday.

Starting and finishing in the historic city of Canterbury, you’ll walk for five days on a circular route that has been designed focus on the highlights of rural Kentish life, passing orchards, vineyards and hop-gardens. You’ll follow in the footsteps of Chaucer along the iconic ‘Pilgrim’s Way’ and venture into corners of the county little discovered by other tourists.

Highlights include time to explore Canterbury, the picturesque villages of Elham, Lyminge and Chilham (known as the prettiest village in Kent), the quaint market town of Wye and the stately Godmersham Park to which Jane Austen was a regular visitor.

This holiday is all about taking things at your own pace, with personalised support along the way. You’ll be met each night at your accommodation by your personal tracker – who will welcome you to Canterbury, provide you with maps and literature about your route, follow your progress, answer questions and take care of transferring your luggage to your next hotel.

Each night you can rest weary feet in a variety of carefully selected, cosy guesthouses – often local historic inns dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. These are always close to places of interest along your route, and within easy walking distance of local pubs and restaurants so you can satisfy your appetite with delicious locally-produced food.

Travel Team

If you would like some help or advice, or just want to discuss your ideas for your next trip, do give us a call.

Departure information

This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and adapted to your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Walking holiday in Kent, self guided walks


Since 2006 we have been awarded Silver accreditation under the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) as a tour operator promoting sustainable tourism in the South east of England. We are a family run operator based in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We are committed to operating a Responsible Travel Policy (RTP) that is supportive and in sympathy with the local communities and environment. This is in line with the stated aims on all our holidays which invites its customers to ‘discover hidden Kent, its history and its people’. We promote use of local services and the return of all packaging to us for re-use/recycling


We actively encourage all customers to use public transport to access the Kent Downs (AONB).We advise customers where they can purchase locally produced food and produce along the route of their walk and encourage them to use local services.

We also actively encourage customers to visit local social projects such as the Elham Valley Vineyards, run by the Fifth Trust Charity that provides work opportunities for people with learning disabilities. We also have encouraged people to walk the North Downs Way for the benefit of nationally recognized charities. Since 2002 we have organised charity walks on behalf of the Childrens' Society, John Grooms and Christian Aid. .


We combine walking with stories of the landscape. Told both through the local food and architecture as well as through the history. Last year, during the close of season, time was spent researching and writing a book about the Pilgrims’ Way with the intention of producing a comprehensive overview of this important trackway that serves the route for our most popular walking holiday. The project was undertaken using material held at the Centre for Kentish Studies, the Cathedral Archives and University of Kent at Canterbury. The book was published by the History Press in July 2011 and carry’s the brand of the Kent Downs AONB and a forward by the Officer with responsibility for the North Downs Way National Trail. The intention is that both local people and visitors to Kent will benefit from bringing most of the historical information relating to this ancient trackway together into one accessible volume.

Undoubtedly such opportunities as those above exist essentially because of our co-operative links within the local community. As such research funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Kent Wildlife Trust to examine the history of Blean Woods is being undertaken at present and will continue this year during the close of season and hopefully the findings will again enhance the experience of those who come to discover hidden Kent, its people and their history in the years to come.

1 Reviews of Walking holiday in Kent, self guided walks

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Walking through the Kent apple orchards.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Relax and enjoy - everything is done for your convenience.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes - we ate out and bought souvenirs.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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