Five family-friendly summer walks in Kent and Sussex

Summer holiday time is here! The sun is out (maybe a little too out!) and the schools are closed. So now it’s time to find six whole weeks of activities to amuse the whole family. Luckily Kent and Sussex offer plenty of fun-filled family activities, and who doesn’t like a wander through our idyllic countryside – especially if there is the promise of a pub lunch at the end, right?


1. Bateman’s Kipling Countryside Walk 

A two-and-a-half-mile meander through the grounds of poet and writer Rudyard Kipling’s former residence. This easy walk is perfect for kids. Make sure to stop by the mill pond, home to various species of dragonfly. Afterwards, head into the small village of Burwash, which is home to a couple of traditional inns.


2. The Playden Pub Walk 

Set amongst the rolling hills of the High Weald, this relatively gentle ramble offers lots of opportunities for oast house spotting as it weaves its way through the picturesque Tillingham Valley. And for those who need a little more motivation that comes midway through the walk, where a small detour brings you to the Playden Oasts. This charming inn features three oast houses topped with traditional cowls and is a great option for a family pub lunch.


3. Emmetts Garden Fairy Kingdom Trail 

Much-loved character Puck is preparing to throw the best summer party for everyone in the Fairy Kingdom. Help him with his party planning as you explore the gardens and take part in all sorts of fun activities along the way.  Perfect to visit from 22nd July to 2nd September. 


Devil's dyke walk sign
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4. Devils Dyke 

Just a stone’s throw from busy Brighton, Devil’s Dyke is a jaw-dropping slice of Sussex countryside. A 100 metres deep and 1 km wide, this valley is the perfect playground for all ages. When you have finished exploring, we’d recommend heading to the Devil’s Dyke Pub for refreshments. With a bus stop just metres from the site, this is a great option if you are looking to ditch the car.


Wye circular walk
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5. Wye Circular Walk 

A great choice for families, this walk starts and ends in the picturesque village of Wye. From here you head through the valley of the River Stour and up onto the ridge of the North Downs. The walk offers a range of panoramic views and spectacular scenery.  At the end head to the family-friendly Tickled Trout for a delicious pub lunch. You deserved it!

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