From woodland walks to Sandy Beaches

We are perfectly situated to explore kent. We are in Pluckley village surrounded by beautiful rural walks.

This walk was created for the 20th anniversary of The Darling Buds of May, a series that captured the hearts of Britain and was filmed in Pluckley and surroundings. There are a couple of pubs along the way in case refreshments are needed. The walk takes you through local orchards, fields and woodland and shows several gorgeous grade II listed houses with the characteristic Dering windows and oast houses, which are both typical for the area. 
Justa 10 minute drive from the campsite and is a Kent Wildlife Trust Reserve. It has clearly marked paths, suitable to every level. It’s one of the few remaining heathlands in Kent and you will find gorgeous cattle pony grazing at times. 
This woodland can be reached by foot if you don’t mind to walk on the road for the first 10 minutes. Alternatively you can drive up (2 minutes) and park at the parking area. Dering Wood has been continually wooded since at least the early medieval period and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Up until the mid-1920s, the wood was owned by the Dering Estate and used by the family as a place of recreation. Edward VII was a frequent visitor and records suggest George IV had lavish picnics in the wood. 
Just a twenty minute drive brings you to the closest beach. Whether you are looking for a busy seaside village such as Whitstable, a quite stroll along Hythe seafront or perhaps experience UK’s only desert and endless beaches in the one of kind Dungeness, there’s plenty to choose from. 
Closest to Gooseberry Field at a 20 minute drive Folkestone is a great option. visit the Harbour Arm and indulge in the many indie food & drink stands, enjoy a walk along the pebbled beach to Lower Leas Coastal Park, which boasts the largest free adventure play area in the South East or have a plunge in the sea at Sunny Sands, Folkestone’s sandy beach. If that’s not enough why not visit the Creative Quarter with it’s many independent and eccentric shops!
Pretty eclectic Whitstable, with its brilliantly fresh seafood and working harbour, has long attracted stressed city folk in desperate need of a little fresh air. With its pastel-painted shopfronts of which most independent and gorgeous beach huts, this traditional fishing town feels tailor-made for snap-happy day trips. There’s also a thriving arts scene, a genuine community spirit, and always loads and loads going on. A 35-40 minute drive but well worth it, leave early as it can get quite busy, especially on sunny days. 
 A lesser known sister of Folkestone, Hythe is a bit of a hidden gem. One of the south coast’s so-called Cinque Ports, it’s best known for its Royal Military Canal. Have a stroll along the traditional Victorian promenade and shingle beach and grab yourself a take away brunch at the famous Lobster Shack, perhaps a traditional fish and chips or one of their lush scallop & bacon baguette and don’t forget to treat yourself to one of their lush cakes. Discover Hythe’s traditional high street or take the famous miniature steam train to Dungeness, a great attraction for the smaller guests. Hythe is at a 30 minute drive. 
This is the type of out-of-this-world places, it’s uniqueness hard to describe and only to be experienced by visiting. It’s knows as the largest expanse of shingles in Europe,  and this deserted part of Kent also known as England’s only desert, which can be only accessed by two roads is home to many rare species of wildlife. It has an abandoned look with deserted boats and sheds dotted across the beach which are achingly beautiful at the same time. No wonder that artist, gardener and film director Derek Jarman owned a Victorian fisherman’s hut named Prospect Cottage. It can still be visited and it’s well known garden is an arrangement of pebbles, driftwood coast loving plants and bits of scrap. 
Don’t forget to visit the Dungeness Fish Hut to buy the catch of the day. If you snooze you loose as they are often sold out by the time it’s afternoon!
Dungeness is a good 35 minute drive and the accessing roads can be busy at times. 

Local Attractions

This is a great option for families with young children as a low key activity.
Set in 100 acres of beautiful countryside you will find lots of traditional rare breed animals that like meeting visitors, the exotic butterfly tunnel, the discovery Garden, woodland walks, the Secret Lake, two play parks, a tube maze and indoor soft play barn. There are falconry displays, a restaurant, plants and produce shop.
20 minute drive
This national trust site has an absolutely most gorgeous garden that simply can’t be missed and has been cared for by many generations.
20 minute drive
Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, Leeds Castle is the perfect backdrop to your day out. The historic castle, glorious gardens, attractions and programme of events awaits visitors.
Bring the whole family to Leeds Castle and journey through nearly 900 years of captivating history. Open all year round, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
20 minute drive
A 3rd generation family run award winning vineyard spanning 23 acres of south facing slopes based in Biddenden. Their Ortega is a must try. Open and private tours can be booked and there’s small shop with their wines & ciders as well as some local produces onsite.
If you haven’t tried one of their award winning  sparkling wines then now is your chance! Chapel Down is located in the beautiful Kent countryside, close to the picturesque market town of Tenterden. Guided tours include a visit to the Chapel Down vineyards and winery, followed by a tutored tasting of our award-winning range of sparkling and still wines. Each tour takes approximately 1hr 45mins. Booking in advance is recommended

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