cycling, walking and fishing
If your passion is rambling cycling or fishing, the landscapes surrounding Ashford and Tenterden are hard to resist. Here routes range from long-distance paths to atmospheric town trails, and canals and lakes are chock-full of fish.
If fly fishing is your way of unwinding, why not indulge in a few hours of relaxation at Tenterden Trout Waters set in tranquil surroundings.
Pull on your walking boots to encounter a remarkable selection of paths, encompassing don't-miss rural trails and revolutionary urban systems. The North Downs Way is a spectacular, 153-mile National Trail snaking between Farnham, Canterbury and Dover's White Cliffs. Winding through the Kent Downs AONB it edges just north of Ashford amid high chalk hills, hidden bluebell woods and picturesque picnic spots. It also takes in parts of the historic Pilgrims Way, and the charming village of Charing, packed full of antiques shops, and Wye, famous for its fine medieval buildings.
The epic Saxon Shore Way meanders just south east of Tenterden, bordering haunting Romney Marsh as it echoes the historic coastal path between Kenardington and Aldington.
A tempting selection of much shorter, circular walks divert off both the Greensand and Saxon Shore ways - your chance to sample some of the routes' best sections without hiking the whole trails. One deservedly popular route is the 4-mile meander around pretty Pluckley - a Darling Buds of May stroll that takes in welcoming pubs along the way.
In Ashford, witness the pioneering 'shared space', where cyclists, pedestrians and cars have equal priority. The town also boasts 50km of safe, traffic-free cycle routes, fanning out from the International Rail station. Click here for a downloadable walking and cycling map of Ashford. Why not enjoy a walk through Ashford's past with the Ashford Heritage Trail, this will take approximately an hour and starts at the Ashford Borough Museum, download the map here.
They include National Route 18. a glorious heritage ride through the Weald heading west out of Ashford, along quiet country roads to charismatic Tenterden, en route to Tunbridge Wells. It also sweeps east along tranquil lanes to Wye.
The Pilgrims Cycle Trail peels, often off-road and up hills, out of Ashford heading west through Westwell to Charing, following sections of the historic Pilgrim's Way.
Or hop on an electric bike and and enjoy the views whilst the bike takes the strain.
Click here for further information on walks in and around Tenterden, some of which are downloadable.