Kent is rightly known as the Garden of England and the area of countryside around Canterbury has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Many small villages are woven into the countryside.

There are many stunning places to explore whether you are walking, cycling or driving there is plenty to see from the famous gardens of Sissinghurst and Hever Castle, to the beautiful villages of Chilham and Fordwich.

Whitstable Boats

7 miles from Canterbury is Whitstable, a popular harbour town.

Famous for its oysters and other seafood, you can enjoy the fish markets, the small weatherbeaten cottages or just a bracing walk along the seafront.

The town offers little craft shops in Harbour Street, overflowing with handmade treasures and trinkets.

240px-St_Marys_Towers_Reculver_CastleHerne Bay is also close to Canterbury, and was once the haunt of smugglers. It is now a typical Kentish seaside town, with a popular summer festival.

Reculver, to the east, was the site of a Roman Fort mentioned in the Doomsday Book.

Stroll along the promenade, pausing to enjoy a Punch and Judy show, or just sit and enjoy the views across the bay in the seafront gardens.

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