Mix Thames Estuary and wildlife views with maritime history from Gravesend head inland to Rochester. Chase back to the estuary and the Isle of Sheppey before winding round Milton Creek and making for the cathedral city of Canterbury. Escape the crowds to head to the coast before relaxing at Herne Bay.
Explore the ancient maritime town of Gravesend, with its range of historic defences dating back to the 14th century. Check out the Tudor Blockhouse, New Tavern and Shornemead Forts. Trek the Crossfire Trail or visit the Cold War bunker in Woodlands Park.
Be sure to explore the splendour of Rochester Cathedral and Rochester Castle or trace the Dickens’ story with a self-guided tour. Nearby The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a great place to take in maritime history with a WWII destroyer and Cold War submarine to view as well as the 18thc Rope Works.
Explore Queenborough’s small harbour dating from Saxon times. The town remains unspoilt and you can relax in one of the pubs or restaurants before exploring the historic high street and wide selection of shops. Nearby you will find Sheerness with its Blue Flag beach and family attractions.
Elmley is part of the Isle of Elmley, part of the Isle of Sheppey. An important nature reserve with waterways and meadows you can relax and spot many varieties of birds. Also discover the landscape that inspired Great Expectations and the house where King James II was imprisoned.
Relax and enjoy the green space that is Milton Creek Country Park, complete with a tidal inlet. The 128 acres offer a range of walking trails and wildlife habitat where you can escape and get away from it all.
Explore the cobbled streets, ancient Roman walls and timber framed houses of Canterbury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral built in 597 A.D., the site of the murder of Thomas Beckett in 1170, the tomb of the Black Prince and marvel at the stone carvings and stained glass windows.
The traditional seaside town of Herne Bay is a great place to escape and enjoy a family day out. Take in Herne Bay Pier, Herne Bay Museum and the Clock Tower. Discover nearby Whitstable, a charming old maritime town to sample their world famous oysters!