Follow this 22 mile route as it meanders through hidden byways, ancient woodland and attractive villages surrounded by parkland, orchards and farmsteads.
About the walk
The Elham Valley Way leads from Canterbury, down to the popular coastal town of Hythe, taking walkers through enchanting countryside and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The ancient woods, dating from before the 17th century, are carpeted with the flowers of bluebells, anemones and wild garlic in spring and turn russet, orange and gold in autumn.
Many of these areas of woodland may also include more recent plantings. In the past, the woods were used in many local industries including building, charcoal production and bark for tanning in the leather industry. Coppicing, the practice of cutting down trees and allowing new stems to form for fencing and posts, is still common throughout the area.
For more details visit: http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/countryside_and_coast/walking/elham_valley_way.aspx