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Kent Downs

To the south of Faversham and stretching across the whole of the southern part of the Faversham area are the beautiful Kent Downs.

Kent Downs Map

Kent DownsThe Kent Downs are the eastern half of the North Downs covering nearly a quarter of Kent, stretching from the White Cliffs at Dover up to the Surrey and London borders.

It is a diverse and vibrant landscape with its dramatic chalk escarpments, secluded dry valleys, networks of tiny lanes and historic hedgerows, ancient woodlands, traditional orchards, locally distinctive villages, unique and precious wildlife and many sites of historic and cultural interest to explore.

Aeriel view of the Kent DownsAll these make up a landscape that is such a valuable national asset that it was nationally designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1968.

The Kent Downs has a great deal to offer whether you are visiting for a hour, a day or a week !

An extensive rights of way network enables you to explore the countryside on foot, cycle and horseback.

SheldwichThe Kent Downs has a wealth of historic sites and there are many fascinating and beautiful villages with an enormous variety of places to eat and drink.


Villages in the Kent Downs

Villages and communities are an integral part of the Kent Downs AONB. The architecture, form, people, and history give the AONB its unique sense of place. Villages provide us with evidence to help us discover how the Kent Downs has been developed and used by different groups of people. This in turn has influenced the landscape we see today.
Communities are vital in sustaining the Kent Downs as a living, working landscape, providing markets for local produce, management for the land and an interest in maintaining and celebrating local distinctiveness.

The following English country villages and communities are all situated in the Faversham area of the Kent Downs:-

Painters Forstal

Places to Visit in the Kent Downs

The Faversham area of the Kent Downs has much to do and see including the following Visitor Attractions:-

Beech Court Gardens
Brogdale [GTBS Siver Award]
Doddington Place
Sandhurst Farm Forge [GTBS Siver Award]

and Churches:-

St James', Sheldwich
St John the Baptist, Doddington
St Mary, Eastling
St Mary the Virgin, Selling
St Michael & All Angels, Throwley



































Places to Stay in the Kent Downs

There are many AA/ETC/RAC rated bed and breakfast, farm cottage and self-catering Visitor Accommodation in the Faversham area of the Kent Downs:-

Brenley Farm House [GTBS Siver Award]
Hayloft Barn
Leaveland Court Farm [GTBS Siver Award]
Owens Court Farm
Palace Farm Hostel [GTBS Gold Award]
Sandhurst Farm Forge [GTBS Siver Award]
Wellbrook Farmhouse