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Written by Hugh Taylor & Moira McCrossan, Walks for all Ages Kent features 20 circular walks of up to 5 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the county.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the authors then provide a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along. Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £5.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in Kent is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the county.
Walk 01. Oldbury - 3½ miles
Walk 02. Lamberhurst - 3½ miles
Walk 03. Shipbourne - 3¼ miles
Walk 04. Higham - 4¼ miles
Walk 05. Chartwell - 4 miles
Walk 06. Rochester - 2 miles
Walk 07. Cooling - 3½ miles
Walk 08. Canterbury - 3½ miles
Walk 09. Reculver - 4½ miles
Walk 10. Dover - 2½ miles
Walk 11. Sandwich - 4½ miles
Walk 12. Sandwich Romans - 3½ miles
Walk 13. Denton - 2 miles
Walk 14. Capel-le-Ferne - 2¼ miles
Walk 15. Hawkinge - 2 miles
Walk 16. Elham - 2½ miles
Walk 17. Hythe - 4¾ miles
Walk 18. Old Romney - 5 miles
Walk 19. Fairfield - 2 miles
Walk 20. Sissinghurst - 3½ miles
Kent is ‘The Garden of England’, a pleasant, fertile land of orchards and gardens. It was the cradle of Christianity in England and a coast that has been frequently threatened with invasion over the centuries. The White Cliffs of Dover represent home to English exiles, while its history is full of shipwrecks and ruthless smuggling gangs.
The Cinque Ports were once powerful communities bound to provide ships for the sovereign in return for taxation advantages. Often no longer on the sea, they are now picturesque and interesting places to visit. Smuggling was rife well into the 19th century, particularly on Romney Marsh where you will encounter the story of the fictional Dr Syn, while touring well-preserved medieval churches. Churches were often used for storing contraband and the smugglers used signal windows in church steeples, such as the one at Lamberhurst, to communicate with one another.
Proximity to the Continent made Kent a hotbed of smugglers, but also left it susceptible to invasion, first by Napoleon and later by Hitler. Neither succeeded; Napoleon was defeated in 1805 at Trafalgar and Hitler by the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain in 1940. The defences against Napoleon are still visible in the Martello Towers along the coast and the Royal Military Canal. Although most of the airfields that defended against Hitler have been built over, you can visit the memorial to the Battle of Britain personnel on the White Cliffs, near Capel-le-Ferne. The Battle of Britain Museum is at the former Hawkinge Airfield and you can visit the cemetery where the airmen were buried. You can walk the beach at Reculver where Professor Barnes Wallis tested his bouncing bomb prior to the Dambusters raid on Germany’s Ruhr Valley and see one of his prototype bombs at the Spitfire Museum at Manston Airfield. You might even be lucky enough to hear the drone of a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine then spot a lone Spitfire in the air above you.
There’s much more to Kent than war and mayhem, however. At Canterbury you can visit the site where St Augustine brought Christianity to England and Chaucer set his pilgrims to walk. In Rochester you can see buildings that inspired Charles Dickens, while at nearby Higham you can find his dream house and the inn where he dined. Back on the marsh at Cooling is the church, where he imagined Pip finding the graves of his parents and little brothers.
Released: March 2016
Size: 220 x 120mm
Authors: Hugh Taylor & Moira McCrossan