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Relax on a bike ride along the River Stour from Canterbury to Chartham this dreamy start to the day will create memories that will last a lifetime. Discover the farm animal enclosures at Badgers Hill near Chilham. This garden centre cafe also has a play area, so it is easy to see why families unwind here for hours. Explore the Kent Downs on horseback with a relaxing ride through scenic countryside.

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Family Adventures in the Kent Downs

Relax on a bike ride along the River Stour from Canterbury to Chartham this dreamy start to the day will create memories that will last a lifetime. Discover the farm animal enclosures at Badgers Hill near Chilham. This garden centre cafe also has a play area, so it is easy to see why families unwind here for hours. Explore the Kent Downs on horseback with a relaxing ride through scenic countryside.

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Cycle Route, Canterbury – Chartham

Explore the beautiful and relatively flat cycle route from Canterbury to Chartham. Start your adventure from Westgate Gardens and take a break at Toddlers Cove adventure play area. Journey on to Chartham along the National Cycle Network Route 18.

https://explorekent.org/activities/great-stour-way/

Lunch

The Artichoke Pub/ Badgers Hill

Visit The Artichoke Pub in Chartham set in a 700 year old building bursting with character. Order from a children’s menu and savour the atmosphere at a table close to an open fire.

https://www.artichokechartham.co.uk/

Badgers Hill (see below)

https://www.badgershill.co.uk/

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Badges Hill/Bursted Manor

Visit Badgers Hill on the outskirts of Chilham. This farm and Cidery recently  received a Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award. Enjoy great value meals within a fun play area followed by a walk around the animal enclosures.

https://www.badgershill.co.uk/

If you enjoy horse riding then you will love Bursted Manor. Located in the Kent Downs AONB near Bridge, you can choose to ride through the stunning countryside or take a technical lesson at the Riding Centre.

http://www.burstedmanor.co.uk/

Tea/Dinner

The Corner House

Finish off the perfect day with a meal at this 16th Century former Coach House, The Corner House in Canterbury. Select from a children’s meal deal menu or sharing dishes aimed at families. 

https://www.cornerhouserestaurants.co.uk/

Alternative Option

Kentish Stour Partnership

Activities and Volunteering with Kentish Stour Partnership https://kentishstour.org.uk/activities-and-volunteering/

Accommodation Options

YHA Canterbury

Spend a night in the YHA Canterbury located a 10 minute stroll from the city walls. Clean and comfortable dorms await or stay in a rustic cabin in the grounds of this Victorian Villa.

https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-canterbury

Travel

Trains Trains run regularly from Canterbury West to Chilham.

Bus Route 1 regularly runs from Canterbury Bus Station to Chilham and a short walk to Badgers Hill.

Routes 17 and 89 take you from Canterbury Bus Station to Bridge.

Bicycle If you are interested in exploring by bicycle Kent Cycle Hire are located on Castle Street.

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