With 326 square miles of nationally protected landscape, stretching from the towering chalk face of the iconic White Cliffs of Dover to the Surrey and London border, you can discover more than 30 newly developed unique sustainable, natural, tourism experiences within this amazing 365-day destination. Each experience offers an authentic, sensory and immersive insight into the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, its nature and heritage, and celebrates the regional uniqueness.
There is an experience for you, whatever you are looking for. Whether you are a bit of a foodie, try your hand at a Chow Downs experience, from foraging sustainably in enchanting locations, learning to cook traditional Indian chapatis in ancient woodlands to learning how to become a Rebel Farmer to name but a few. Want to introduce more wellness to your life, try a Power Downs such as forest bathing or mindful coaching – you can free your mind and body in nature and awaken each one of your senses.
Take to the trails on the many diverse Track Downs, wandering the North Downs Way National Trail, and the newly enhanced North Downs Way Riders’ Route which are perfect for all abilities, you can soak up 1000s of years of history with spectacular scenery, picturesque villages and glorious rolling countryside. Tread in the footsteps of saints, crusaders and inspirational artists on a pilgrimage journey of self-discovery – whatever direction you take, searching out authentic experiences is easy.
To help you explore the historic and beautiful North Downs Way you can ask a North Downs Way ambassador, a group of extremely passionate and knowledgeable individuals who are happy to share their top tips, fascinating facts and local knowledge. Whether you’re into history, mythology, flora, fauna or folklore; there’s an ambassador for you to explore the trail with.
If you are looking to immerse yourself in nature a Natural Downs experience will certainly do that, become a woodsman for a day and practice traditional woodworking skills and learn about the culture, myth and folklore of the Kent Downs AONB. Learn to carve a spoon from green wood, using axe and knives in a beautiful woodland setting or leave your legacy on the landscape and join in with some conservation and then spend the day unwinding with traditional craftwork surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna.
The Kent Downs AONB is well placed to welcome you whatever time of year, choose where to rest your head and Settle Down in cosy cottages or handpicked shepherd huts. Kent’s heritage coast is considered one of the best regions to visit and this unique area is aspiring to become a Cross-Channel UNESCO Global Geopark due to the connection of the Kent and French coasts by a layer of chalk beneath the channel
This region is truly special, and sustainability is at its very core and all experiences have been created to encourage you to not only have fun, but to appreciate and enjoy this magnificent place.