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To help you enjoy more of the Garden of England, we’ve put together some tips on how to explore Kent’s amazing public rights of way.

Nature on Your Doorstep

With over 7,000 km of public rights of way to explore in Kent, you are never far from green space

⇒ Discover the hidden green spaces in Kent connected by the public rights of way network

⇒ Connect with nature, see and learn about the natural world on your doorstep

⇒ Great for health and wellbeing for the whole family

⇒ It’s fun, free, and easier to access than you might think.

Respect, Protect, Enjoy

  • Help protect the countryside

    ⇒ Close gates behind you

    ⇒ Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home

    ⇒ Don’t have BBQs or fires

    ⇒ Keep dogs under control

    ⇒ Dog poo – bag it and bin it

    ⇒ Plan ahead, check what facilities are open, be prepared

    ⇒ Follow advice and local signs and follow social distancing measures.

Your Right of Way

You have the right to explore all public rights of way

⇒ A public right of way can be used by anyone at any time

⇒ Some public rights of way go through farmer’s fields, churchyards, even people’s gardens

⇒ It sometimes feels wrong, but it’s OK, it’s your right to use them responsibly. Simply familiarise yourself with the four signs below and follow the route on maps or apps as you go.

How to Read the Signs

Kent’s vast public rights of way network is often signposted and always mapped so you shouldn’t get lost and you’ll know what other types of users to expect along the way.



Look for the yellow arrows

Footpaths are for walkers, runners, mobility scooters, powered wheelchairs, and prams.

Footpaths are generally safe from traffic but sometimes they cross busy roads.




Look for the blue arrows

Bridleways are for walking, cycling, mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs, and horseriding.

Cyclists must give way to walkers and horse riders.


Restricted Byway 

Look for the plum arrows

Restricted byways are for walking, cycling, horseriding, and any non-motorised transport, plus mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs.



Byway Open To All Traffic

Look for the red arrows

Open to all traffic, including cars, but they’re mostly used by walkers, cyclists, mobility scooters, and horse riders.

Planning your Trip

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly stroll or a multi-day adventure, there are plenty of tools to help you plan your trip and find your way while you’re out and about.



England Coast Path

A continuous coastal route around Kent's glorious coastline. Parts of the path are still under contstruction and you can see completed sections here.


Explore Kent

Great for finding a day trip for the whole family.

Find itineraries for outdoor activities including long walks, accessible walks, cycling routes, horse riding routes, and outdoor gyms.


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Visit Kent

Feel inspired with hundreds of ideas for daytrips and staycations to suit your mood, including tips on the best local producers, pubs and restaurants to sample along the way.

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North Downs Way

A 246 km specially signposted route taking in the best of the Kent countryside

The jewel in Kent's walking crown from Surrey to Dover and through the magnificent city of Canterbury. As a National Trail, the North Downs Way is well-kept and very clearly signposted - just look for the acorns.

Search for multi-day itineraries or shorter chunks.



Kent Connected

Kent Connected

Find walking and cycling itineraries and navigate on the go.

A quick and easy app to find walking and cycling routes between any towns and villages in Kent. Eg you could search for a walk from Wye to Chilham via The North Downs Way. Includes OS map, Open Streets, and Open Cycle map layers for easy planning of walking and cycling routes.


OS App and Paper maps

The most detailed and accurate maps available free online or as paper maps.

Plan your trip and navigate on the go using OS paper maps or free OS maps online. The OS Maps app with premium features is also currently available as a 7 days free trial. OS maps are the most detailed and accurate maps for walking with different types of public rights of way clearly marked.

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