What to do while you’re here
East Kent has so much to offer
From both huts, there is immediate access to beautiful walks. You have the choice of walking through our beautiful valley into forest in either direction including Park Gate Nature Reserve. The opposite direction takes you along footpaths to the Lord Whiskey Animal Sanctuary Tea Rooms. Further afield, East Kent offers wonderful walks and you can even follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims and walk a section of the Pilgrim’s Way. The walk from Elham to Canterbury is varied and beautiful and the return can be made by bus.
Historic village of Elham
Lovely 1.5 mile off road walk. Along the top of the valley runs a byway where a footpath and bridleway branches off. Following the footpaths and bridleway takes you directly down into the historic village of Elham where there is a small local shop, two pubs and the Abbots Fireside restaurant, the lovely Cosy Tea Rooms and a good children’s park.
Stelling Minnis Common and Windmill
2 miles mainly off road walking. To the opposite direction is the village of Stelling Minnis with a good size village shop, a pub and and a beautiful historic windmill. The windmill serves cream teas at weekends during summer months and also holds a fete usually during July. Stelling Minnis also has a Common of 90 acres where Highland Cattle now graze.
Park Wood, Westwood, Madams Wood and Covert Wood. The forest can be accessed directly from our farm. Our area of East Kent offers large expanses of woodland with public footpaths.
There is horse riding 10 mins walk away at Stable Gate
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The historic cathedral city of Canterbury (7 miles away) offers a jam-packed day of history, shopping, theatre and dining.
Dover Castle is within easy reach. Allow plenty of time to explore the fascinating wartime tunnels.
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
A superb fleet of one-third size steam and diesel locomotives running from Hythe to Dungeness. Stop at Dymchurch for the beach and funfair, Romney Marsh for the interactive train sets, or Dungeness for the lighthouse and pub.
Wingham Wildlife Park
Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch
East Kent Beaches
Shingle beach with a long promenade which runs parallel to Royal Military Canal where you can hire rowing boats Griggs fish and chips on the beach next to the fishing boats
Sunny Sands, next to the harbour, is a sandy, sheltered beach that is excellent for little ones to swim. There is also a water jets splash area for children and public loos. Fish and chips and a lovely vegetarian cafe Beanos just a short walk. Further along towards Sandgate there is the coastal park with a brilliant adventure play area with public loos. Also a nice shingle/sand beach for children.
A big sandy beach. On the seafront there is a small funfair. You can also take the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway.
Further East is the intriguing town of Broadstairs with a sheltered, sandy town beach, ice cream parlours, restaurants and Dickens connections as the location of Bleak House and Dickens’s summer holidays.
Margate has several sandy beaches. The town beach is expansive, sandy and very busy in summer. Further round are Minnis Bay and Joss bay. Both worth a visit.
Dog friendly. Loos. Lovely walk along the beach towards Ramsgate and back up along the top grassy area where there is an Italian glass house tea garden. Perfect loop. Or simply walk to Ramsgate Harbor for restaurants and cafés. Also walking Broadstairs way to a tidal pool, cafes. Check tides for Dumpton Gap as it needs to be 3 hours from high tide.
Sandy. Not dog friendly. Hotel up top for lunches and dinners.
Sandy. Large beach. Can be windy. Surfing school there.
(Heading Whistable way) sandy beach with café and play area.
Other things to do
Kayaking Canoe Wild
Seapoint Canoe Centre
Hythe canal opposite beach
Dover Sea Safari
Rib ride from Dover. Find out more →
White Cliffs of Dover
Walk and café. Find out more →
Ice cream parlor, walks and trails.
Dog friendly. Lovely streams to play in, good children’s park and cafe.