Soak up the magnificent landscapes dotted with historical buildings, from castles to stately homes
Explore the beautiful woodland surrounding Knole medieval country house, a former Archbishop’s Palace, and home to the Sackville family since the early 17th century. Knole is also Kent’s only remaining deer park so you can spot over 350 wild sika and fallow deer roaming the grounds. Knole Park is a 30-minute walk from Sevenoaks station. Tuck into a picnic in the designated outdoor area right by Knole House or pick up a freshly-baked scone from The Brewhouse Café. Sevenoaks town is a short walk away and there are plenty of independent cafés where you can pick up refreshments.
Explore the beautiful gardens in the grounds of Hall Place, a Grade 1 listed country house. A 15-minute walk from Bexley station, the award-winning gardens are free of charge year-round and provide tranquil green space to spot plenty of wildlife and even animal topiary! Enjoy a refreshing drink or snack from the Riverside Café nestled next to the River Cray. (Image credit: Londonist)
Mottingham station is a 10-minute walk from Eltham Palace, a stunning Art Deco mansion surrounded by 19 acres of award-winning gardens. Herbaceous borders, a Rock Garden with a series of pools and cascades running down to the moat and lots of wide-open spaces to stroll around. Grab a takeaway light refreshment from the café and soak up your surroundings. Follow the link below to find out opening times and entry prices.
Stroll past the Cutty Sark, the world’s only surviving extreme clipper, and arrive in historic Greenwich. Head towards Greenwich Park and climb the hill to the Royal Observatory for an incredible view of the city of London – the perfect picnic spot or grab a bite to eat at Greenwich Park Pavilion Café! Greenwich is the centre of world time and was named the Prime Meridian in the 1850-60s when the railway and communications networks required an international time standard. Greenwich also offers plenty of riverside views along the Thames Path.
Meander through this historic market town and beautiful woodland on this circular walk that starts at Battle railway station. There are a few hills along the way and wear your wellies – it can be very muddy! Explore Battle Great Wood, admire the ruins of Battle Abbey and the famous Battlefield. Afterwards, treat yourself to a takeaway coffee and cake from Bluebells Café Tearoom.
Packed with history, take a stroll around the ancient town of Rochester and see the Castle and the second oldest cathedral in England. There’s plenty to look out for on your walk around the town that captured the imagination of Charles Dickens including Eastgate house. See Restoration House where Charles II stayed and check out the roman and medieval remains of the city wall at Blue Boar Lane. Remember to visit Rochester Bridge for sensational views over the River Medway and round off your trip with a delicious treat or two from the Rochester Coffee CO. next to Rochester Cathedral and Rochester Castle.
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