The Peasants’ Last Revolt (5.25 miles)
Cherry, apple, pear and plum orchards abound in this bountiful landscape, one of the best walks in Kent. The White Horse and Queens Head pubs in Boughton, the Woodrose café at Mount Ephraim, the Three Horseshoes at Staple Street, the Red Lion at Hernhill and the Dove at Dargate all serve good food, Kent ales and other fine drinks, and all offer a warm welcome to visitors. Lamberhurst Farm diary is famed for its original, hand-crafted cheeses.
A Walk on the Wild Side (7.5 miles)
From town into the wide open spaces of waterside nature reserves, this is one of the finest circular walks in Kent with a variety of food and drink attractions. As well as passing A J Barkaway’s award-winning butchers, famed for home-made pies, the route passes town centre eating houses before heading into the country. Local fisherman Bluey Walpole has fresh catch on sale at Oare while the Luddenham Court farm-shop sells meats from animals born and reared on the farm. The Three Mariners and the Castle pubs at Oare both offer good food.
Syndale Valley Walk (6.5/11 miles)
Country walking at its best – you will be at the top of the Downs on this walk through woods and copses dedicated to breeding game birds. Its ancient country pubs, the George at Newnham, the Chequers at Doddington, the Carpenters at Eastling and the Plough at Stalisfield are all well-regarded eateries with beer gardens for the summer and cosy bars for the winter.
S W Doughty in Doddington is an award winning butcher famed for their local products.
Earth, Wind and Water (5 /11 miles)
A walk that sums up north Kent’s agriculture with its hop gardens, orchards, grazing land, arable fields and fruit-filled poly-tunnels. From Faversham’s Phoenix Tavern and Anchor Inn to the Four Horseshoes at Graveney and the Michelin-starred Sportsman gastro-pub at Seasalter there is a variety of fine food on offer, but don’t forget, if you want to go to the Sportsman, you need to book well in advance. You might also see famed Seasalter lamb grazing on the Graveney marshes, bred especially for their succulent, salt-flavoured meat.
The Two Creeks (5 miles)
Hedges filled in season with elderberries and blackberries line fields of salt marsh grazing and fertile arable acres as you move between town and country on this historic trail. Shepherd Neame’s centuries old Faversham brewery is en route as are the trendy Osteria Posillipo Pizzeria and the Mexican delights of the Albion Taverna. The enigmatic Shipwrights Arms stands on the Hollow Shore creekside and Oare’s Three Mariners and Castle pubs are just a step from the route. You pass allotments on the way back to town.
Footsteps of Royalty and Romans (6.25 miles)
The past, present and future of English agriculture are all on show along one of the best walking routes in Kent that starts in the heart of market town Faversham, but soon enters glorious countryside. The National Fruit Collections at Brogdale Farm are home to thousands of varieties of fruit while Shepherd Neame maintains a private gene-bank of hop varieties from across the world. The area’s rolling farmland produces fine crops of fruit and cereals, while its woods yield old-fashioned Kent cobnuts, once grown in plantations across the county. The Alma at Painter’s Forstal is a fine village pub offering food and Sheps’ fine ales.
First Fruit (2/5.5 miles)
One of the most secret yet striking locations in Kent, awash with prolific orchards and with impressive yet homely countryside walking. The original home of English cherries from five centuries ago and now home to 21st century growers and producers who supply the nation with wholesome fruit and organic juices. The Dover Castle at Teynham and the Plough at Lewson Street are both pubs well-regarded for their welcoming atmosphere and good food and drink.
A Land for all Seasons (9.25 miles)
This part of rural England has it all, from cereal growing and a dairy herd, to luscious fruit orchards and crops of lavender, marigolds and linseed for oils and skin care products. Perry Wood is a fascinating area with fantastic vantage points and beautiful countryside walking on its steep slopes. The White Lion at Selling and the Rose and Crown at Perry Wood are both pubs famed for the quality of their Kent food and drink.