Kent Off The Beaten Path

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    by TheLongTone
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    Battle of Britain memorial
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    Biddenden village
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Kent Off The Beaten Path

  • Toys Hill

    Located just off the A25 between the towns of Westerham and Sevenoaks, Toys Hill is a 200 acre area of hilltop woodland maintained by the National Trust. There are several miles of very good and well maintained waymarked paths through beautiful woodland with occasional stunning views of the surrounding countryside. There are maps and information at...

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  • Somewhere for the keen Photographer.

    Dungeness is a very bleak promontory on the southernmost point of Kent’s coast. It is very popular with anglers who enjoy beach casting; I spent some very rewarding nights here myself when I was younger, and the occasional amateur photographer who can be rewarded with some very atmospheric shots from this strangely photogenic place. I took some...

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  • Albino Peacocks

    This peacock was seen at Leeds castle in Kent recently. Never knew peacocks could be white!!

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  • Sun going down in Whitstable

    The sun going down anywhere is beautiful and Whitstable harbour is no exception. Whitstable harbour has some lovely fish restaurants (Haven't been to any YET) and Whitstable is off course famous for it's oysters.

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  • Home of Dickens for a while.

    This is the house that Dickens lived in while in Broadstairs. It was here that he wrote part of Barnaby Rudge in 1841. We found this house by accident down a side alley.

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  • Ightham Mote

    There is a lovely woodland walk around the grounds of Ightham Mote and they are best enjoyed in the Spring when the flowers are coming out. Ideal for all the family

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  • The cottages at Ightham Mote

    These cottages and laundry cottage were recently repaired at great expense. They are so beautiful.

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  • Ightham Mote

    This lovely superb 14th century moated manor house lies in a sunken valley deep in the Kent countryside. The oldest part of the house dates back to 1330. It has over the last few years undergone major restoration work and a fantastic job has been done. Some of the parts of the house include a Jacobean fireplace, a Tudor chapel and a fine example of...

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  • Rare Breeds Centre - Woodchurch

    The South of England Rare Breeds Centre is one of Kent's most popular tourist attractions, especially for families. You can enjoy a walk through the woodland - perfect for a picnic - or visit the Georgian farmstead that they are building.

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  • Chiddingstone

    Chiddingstone is one of the most unspoiled Tudor villages in England. Most of the buildings in the village are now owned by the National Trust and there's a NT shop and information centre there.A short walk from the main street, in a field behind the school, there is a large sandstone rock called The Chiding Stone which gives the village it's name....

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  • Sissinghurst Gardens

    This is the tower in Sissinghurst gardens. It makes a great focal point, resembling something from a castle, and the views from the top are splendid.

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  • Sissinghurst Gardens

    Sissinghurst gardens were created by the famous (and "strange") couple Vita Sackville West and Sir Harold Nicholson. The garden features a tower from the top of which you get a great view of the garden and the surrounding countryside.

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  • This is the mighty Westgate,...

    This is the mighty Westgate, the most formidable of any city gate remaining in Britain. Not as ornate as some others, but pretty much impassable, I'd say! It houses a museum now.

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  • Canterbury Cathedral by night,...

    Canterbury Cathedral by night, a magnificent sight and well worth staying up late for. Make sure you pack a wide lens, as the surrounding walls mean you can't get too far from the cathedral before you're back out on the streets!

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  • Taken from the gardens off...

    Taken from the gardens off Broad Street, outside of the Cathedrals walls, this is as good a view as you will get if you can't get through the gates. Still pretty impressive, though!

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  • Here's a shot of some of the...

    Here's a shot of some of the ancilliary buildings of the cathedral. Covered in cobbles like many of the buildings and walls in Canterbury, they have a rather unusual look to them, I think.

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  • A full-on view of Christ...

    A full-on view of Christ Church Gate. As I said, it was closed until early evening, as you can see by the descending light levels in this picture, and the distinct lack of people (all the French dashed off for their ferries :-))

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  • Billed as 'Kent's most popular...

    Billed as 'Kent's most popular tourist attraction' (so I guess that doesn't include cities like Canterbury!) the Whitbread Hop Farm is certainly a great day out. As well as learning all about the uses of hops, not only in beer making but in all sorts of other uses, you can see hot air ballooning, steam engine rallies, falconry displays, etc. You...

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  • You can still taste the waters...

    You can still taste the waters from the spring, hand drawn by this costumed maid. They do taste very strange - it's an acquired taste.

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  • The spring from which the...

    The spring from which the spa's waters are drawn have an iron taste to them, and so are know as the Chalybeate Spring (chalybeate means iron flavoured), so you Scots, this is the original Irn Bru!

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  • Tunbridge Wells, or Royal...

    Tunbridge Wells, or Royal Tunbridge Wells to give it its full and formal title, is a Kentish Spa town dating back to the 17th century. It enjoyed a great deal of Royal patronage, hence the Royal in its name.The most elegent and famous of it's streets is The Pantiles, shown here.

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  • This is the Manor House that...

    This is the Manor House that has this lovely garden! I don't beleive that you can look around this house, but the garden and the ruined castle should be enough to keep you busy.

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  • The shot below is of Christ...

    The shot below is of Christ Church Gate, one of the ways into the Cathedral precinct through it's surrounding walls. This is perhaps the most ornate (and therefore famous) of the gates into the precinct. On private occasions (such as royal or other state occasions) these gates are all locked and guarded. If you're unlucky enough to be in Canterbury...

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  • Scotney Castle Gerden at...

    Scotney Castle Gerden at Lamberhurst is a beautiful landscaped garden with an unusual centrepiece - a ruined castle. The castle was deliberately ruined to form a part of the garden!

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  • Just to prove I really exist...

    Just to prove I really exist here's a rare picture of me, displaying my boyish good looks and youthful charm. Well, it was taken some time ago :-)

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  • This is Culpeper's Garden at...

    This is Culpeper's Garden at Leeds Castle. Culpeper was a leading herbalist of his time, and the garden was designed to provide herbs for culinary, cosmetic and medicinal purposes.

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  • Leeds Castle is very...

    Leeds Castle is very romantically set, on an island in the middle of a lake, reached by a short bridge.

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  • Leeds Castle is near...

    Leeds Castle is near Maidstone. Like Hever Castle (above) it is a full day out in itself, having a lot to see and do. To my mind it doesn't really have the same fascinating history as Hever Castle, but it is still a great place.You can find out more about the castle here.

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  • The pub at Lamberhurst is...

    The pub at Lamberhurst is lovely too, with great food and beer. Just one of many great country pubs in Kent and Sussex.

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  • Lamberhurst vineyards, at the...

    Lamberhurst vineyards, at the village of Lamberhurst, is one of the largest and best vineyards in Kent. You can take a guide tour of the vineyards, see the vines and the wine making processes and of course taste and buy the finished product. We have a bottle of Method Champaignoise that we are keeping 'for a rainy day' and it's over 10 years old...

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  • many of the shops and other...

    many of the shops and other buildings in the main streets of Canterbury are from medieval times and many retain their half timbered fronts. This picture is of High Street, which joins St Peters Street to eventually come to the mighty city gate of Westgate (see further below).

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  • Here's one of the deer at...

    Here's one of the deer at Knole, and I kid you not, the sign says Do not feed the deer, they are dangerous. Yes, they might kill you with their cuteness!

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  • Knole is near Sevenoaks and is...

    Knole is near Sevenoaks and is one of the largest private houses in England. It dates from the 15th century and as well as the house and gardens, there is a deer park (see below!)

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  • The 'Tudor Village' adjoining...

    The 'Tudor Village' adjoining the castle was built by The Astors to house visiting guests and dignatories. Nowadays portions of this can be hired for corporate hospitality events.

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  • Hever Castle dates back to...

    Hever Castle dates back to 1200 and has had many owners over the following centuries. In the 1500's it was the childhood homeof Queen Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII, until he had her executed. Later the castle was the home of Anne Of Cleves, Henry's 4th wife.Much later the castle was bought by William Waldorf Astor, the American aristocrat and...

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  • Hever Castle near Edenbridge...

    Hever Castle near Edenbridge is one of the most enchanting houses we have visited. By the time you have paid entrance fee for two and bought a guide book, it's not a cheap day out. But what a day out it is. The place has such history, both ancient and modern, in a combination that few, if any, other places can match.For more information visit the...

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  • The Star and Eagle pub at the...

    The Star and Eagle pub at the top of the high street in Goudhurst was a lovely pub, full of character and serving great food. Not so many years ago it was hard to get interesting vegetarian food, but this place was different. Here we had our very first 'roll your own' vegetable fajitas, with sour cream, gaucamole and refried beans on the side. It...

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  • Risebridge Farm at Goudhurst...

    Risebridge Farm at Goudhurst is a working farm with several holiday properties to let. The properties are in converted out buildings and vary in size. We stayed in The Hayloft, which was up that little alley way and on the right. Compact and bijou, but very nice all the same. There was a farm shop on the site where you could help yourself to a...

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  • The village of Goudhurst is a...

    The village of Goudhurst is a pleasant, quiet, country village with a nice duck pond, a few shops and a great pub. It's also the home to Risebridge Farm, which is where we stayed on our kent holiday.

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  • The Castle Inn in the village...

    The Castle Inn in the village of Chiddingstone takes it's name from the house nearby, which though it looks like a castle, is just really just a facade! The pub has a lovely atmosphere and serves splendid beer, though I can't vouch for the food because at the time there were no Vegetarian choices :-((

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  • Canterbury was the birthplace...

    Canterbury was the birthplace of Christianity in England (in the 7th century) but the city dates back to Roman times and there are still remains in the city from this era.The city is surrounded by walls, though these are not so intact as those at York, and the magnificent Cathedral is surrounded by its own set of walls, which are very much...

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