Explore the stunning and protected landscapes that run through the heart of Kent

It couldn’t be easier to explore the Kent Downs by train with Southeastern. Plus, rail travel is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel and helps conserve the landscape too.

The Kent Downs is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), in recognition of and to protect its exceptional landscape, distinctive character and natural beauty. It is the eighth largest AONB and, along with the High Weald AONB, covers 33% of Kent’s land area.

Over 30 Southeastern stations are located on or near the North Downs Way in the Kent Downs National Landscape, making it one of the most accessible landscapes. Stretching from the white cliffs of Dover to the picturesque Kentish town of Otford, there’s so much to discover. With highspeed services out of London, the Downs is easily accessed from the capital too.

map of Kent Downs with a key of Southeastern stations and popular tourist spots


Visit the Kent Downs National Landscape and discover natural attractions like the White Cliffs of Dover, tread in the footsteps of pilgrims, and ‘live like a local’ on accessible and immersive experiences.

Lonely Planet Best in Travel

Kent's Heritage Coast was fourth in Lonely Planet's list of the World's Best Regions to Visit in 2022, it's the only UK destination to feature, and is in the Kent Downs National Landscape.

Kent Rider's Route

The North Downs Way National Trail has undergone works to make it more accessible for both keen and amateur cyclists, so there’s never been a better time to hop on an off-peak train with your bike and go for a ride. (image credit: Max Darkins)

Cross-Channel UNESCO Global Geopark

Kent Downs are working to secure Cross-Channel UNESCO Global Geopark status for the Kent Downs National Landscape and its neighbouring protected landscape in France; the Parc Naturel Regional des Caps et Marais d’Opale.

Find your perfect itinerary

Discover this range of itineraries to best explore the Kent Downs National Landscape. From short walks to day trips, these handy guides will help you plan your day and travel by train.