Kent, also known as “The Garden of England”, is a stunning county to explore. In fact, 28% of the county is designated as an area of breathtaking natural beauty. Stretching from Greater London to the coast, Kent offers a unique variety of landscapes that are perfect for your next dog walk. Whether you're a nature lover or simply looking for a change of scenery, you'll find the perfect backdrop to enjoy with your furry friend.
So, if you're a dog owner living in or visiting this beautiful county, you're in for a treat. Kent offers a plethora of scenic and dog-friendly locations where you and your furry friend can enjoy a fantastic day out together. From countryside strolls to coastal adventures, there's something for every pup to wag their tail about...
Shorne Woods country park
Brewers Road, Shorne, DA12 3HX
This 292-acre country park has a lot to offer, from fairytale-like pools and glades to majestic ancient woodland and their award-winning eco visitor centre. Be aware that dogs must be kept on a lead in certain areas, and that bins are only provided at the centre or on the orange walking trail. If your pup fancies more than a stroll, there’s also a pond where dog swimming is allowed. Ideal for some extra excitement and exercise for your furry friend. While exploring this 292-acre country park, you'll be captivated by your magical surroundings, giving you and your pup a chance to really make the most of what nature has to offer.
Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 8JB
One of the many National Trust sites in Kent, most of which are dog-friendly, Scotney Castle offers a regal walk for you and your canine companion. Dogs aren’t allowed in the castle itself but are welcome in the shop, gardens and vast 780-acre estate. Water bowls are available at all facilities, and the reception team even have free poo-bags in case you’ve forgotten yours. There are also two woodland areas, Nap Wood and Sprivers Wood where your dog can roam if you just don't want the adventure to end.
Herne Bay, CT6 7AB
Almost all of the eleven square miles of woodland comprising the Blean is classified as ancient woodland. Its value for wildlife is recognised at a national level with over half of the Blean being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and around one third is also designated as a Special Area of Conservation. Because of this, dog walkers are asked to keep to the designated ‘dog walking route’ so as not to disturb the wildlife. Keeps your eyes peeled for birds such as woodpeckers, nightingales and robins as well as the extremely rare heath fritillary butterfly.
Sevenoaks, DA4 9GR
A walk through meadows on the banks of the River Darent will keep you and your dog entertained for miles. You and your pup will spot ponies and sheep grazing on the hillside all along the way. And if you enjoy spotting some local wildlife, water voles, grey wagtails and wrens can all be seen enjoying the river. There are also plenty of wide open spaces for dogs with lots of energy to roam free.
Teston River Walk
Teston, ME18 5BX
The quaint bridge at Teston is a stunning listed structure, made of Kentish ragstone probably during the 15th century. This walk takes you through Teston Bridge Country Park, where you can enjoy the open grassland and mix of riverside vegetation. If you and your pup fancy a spot of birdwatching, Kingfishers can often be spotted long this stretch, as can Common Tern during the Summer months.
Romney Marsh, TN26 2DX
This stunning nature reserve is a real haven for human and hound alike. With woodland that has been traditionally managed by Natural England and rare Wild Service trees that once covered the entire Weald. During the Spring months you can discover woodland glades full of bluebells, wood anemones and you may even spot a Nightingale or two. Whenever you decide to visit, you will be greeted with striking views across the marshes, catch a glimpse of the Royal Military Canal and roam past miles of farmland.
Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3QA
A wonderfully accessible walk for you and your dog. This short 1.6 mile walk takes you on a circuit around a beautiful ornamental lake set in a stunning Victorian park. There is an on-site cafe, toilets and even boat hire in the summer months. There is a tarmac path all the way around, making this walk wheelchair accessible. There are other areas of the park without pathing though, so be sure to check access needs before you travel. Dogs must be kept on lead in certain areas of the park such as around the car park and in the playground, so be sure to pay attention to the signage.
Dover, CT16 1HJ
Possibly the most iconic landmark in all of the UK, the white cliffs of Dover are the perfect place to take your adventurous pup for a walk. The cliffs are a National Trust site, with a cafe that welcomes dogs to sit outside. This breathtaking walk will take you along the coastal path towards South Foreland Lighthouse. Just remember to put your dog on their lead when you reach the top, as the cliff is unfenced. Dover Castle is also dog friendly around the grounds, making Dover the perfect place to take your four-legged friend to soak in those coastal views.
Dungeness, TN29 9NA
One of the most unique places in the UK, Dungeness boats an eerie charm with it's deserted landscapes and flat, open views of the sea. Although it appears like a shingle beach, Dungeness is actually classified as a desert! Other than the two historic lighthouses, most of the beach is empty, apart from the wooden walkways and the odd timber hut or abandoned fishing boat. The area is quiet and entirely unique, somewhere that definitely has to be on your list to visit in Kent. Your dog is sure to love exploring this strange, vast, dog-friendly beach whilst you take in the extraordinary sights around you. There is also a dog-friendly miniature train that goes between Dungeness, Romney, Hythe, Dymchurch and more.
Broadstairs, CT10 3QL
Nestled between Broadstairs and Margate is one of our favourite dog-friendly beaches. Kingsgate Bay is a quite, sandy beach that is dog-friendly all year round. Visited mostly by locals, or sometimes no one at all, this secret little hideaway is perfect for dogs looking to let off some steam. Surrounded by white chalk cliffs, you can even see a stunning 18th century castle up on the hill whilst you're exploring this sandy beach. Also renowned for it's sea caves, this little cove is perfect for you and your canine companion to explore together.
Tower Hill, Whitstable CT5 2BW
This traditional Kent fishing town is genuinely one of the most dog-friendly places to visit in Kent (and maybe even beyond!) Almost all of the pubs and cafes in Whitstable welcome dogs, there’s a dog-friendly beach to enjoy all year round and you can even take your pup shopping at the lovely independent boutiques. We highly recommend a visit to the beautiful Whitstable Castle. Built as a family residence in the 1790s, the impressive building underwent a £3m refurb in 2010. Although dogs are not allowed inside the castle, they are welcome to explore the stunning grounds for free. The castle also has a tea room that’s open all year round and dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area.
Minnis Bay to Reculver
Birchington, CT7 9QP
This stunning coastal walk is easily accessible for wheelchairs and buggies, making it the perfect walk to take the whole family! Take in the wonderful views of the spectacular Thanet coast that has been inspiring artists and authors for hundreds of years. Take in the views of the imposing Reculver Towers, all that remains of a monastic church that sit within the ruins of a Roman Fort. The walk follows the Viking Coastal Trail, and mainly uses the concrete surfaced sea-wall. You will pass plenty of dog-friendly beaches for your pup to explore, just make sure to always read the signs and keep your dog on-lead when there is wildlife about.