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PUB WALKS

Get out and explore Kent's beautiful coast and countryside with the help of Shepherd Neame's new Pub Walk guides. There are 11 walks to try, all between four and six miles in length, which take in a wide variety of terrains and environments, along with some of Kent’s most beautiful scenery. 

Perhaps most importantly, they all start and finish at one of our pubs – as, of course, the best thing about any ramble is rewarding yourself at the end with a drink or bite to eat.

You can find out more about our walks and download maps below.  Printed versions are also available in the venues featured.

ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF OUR 2021 PUB WALKS COMPETITION

One lucky rambler has had their favourite route immortalised in Shepherd Neame’s popular Pub Walks series, just in time for summer.

As walking became such an integral part of many people’s lives due to the events of the past year, Shepherd Neame decided to launch a competition in March to find its next pub walk. Members of the public were asked to email in their suggested route, noting any significant landmarks found along the way. Routes had to start and finish at a Shepherd Neame pub, and be no more than six miles in length.

Over 50 entries were assessed by a panel of judges including Lisa Filmer from Coast and Country Rambles, and Thomas Parkhouse was selected as the winner.

His 5.5 mile circular route starts and ends at The Red Lion, Chelwood Gate in East Sussex, on the edge of Ashdown Forest. It has been professionally mapped and incorporated into a guide, which will be printed and distributed to the pub and is available to download online. Thomas, 26, (pictured with Red Lion licensee Angelena Churcher) lives in London, and grew up in East Sussex near the Red Lion.

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Pub walks winner - Red Lion

PUB WALKS - THE LAUNCH EVENT

Over 150 people joined us on Sunday 2nd February for the launch of the Shepherd Neame Pub Walks series.

Lisa Filmer from Coast and Country Rambles led the walk from the Minnis Bay Bar and Brasserie. Keen ramblers came from across the county, with some even travelling down from London to take part.

The first 100 people to arrive at the pub were given a limited edition reusable Shepherd Neame coffee cup. The group then set off on the five mile circular route, which offers breathtaking sea views and also moves inland to enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside.

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MORE ABOUT THE LAUNCH

Kings Head, Wye

This walk starts and finishes at the Kings Head, Wye. This award winning foodie pub, with rooms, is based in the picturesque village of Wye in the heart of the Kent Downs.

Distance and Time

  • 5 ¾ Miles - 2 ¼ hours
  • 4 ¾ Miles - 1 ¾ hours
  • 2 ½ Miles - 50 mins

Paths

Variety of country roads, woodlands, orchards, tarmac roadways, mud, grass and agricultural fields. Walking boots are recommended.

Elevation

This is a moderate walk with a steep incline on the longest walk. At the lowest point you will be 96ft above sea level and at its highest point you will be 523ft above sea level. In total you will ascend 617ft.

The Mermaid Inn, Bishopsbourne and The Plough and Harrow, Bridge (6 mile circular walk)

This walk can start and end either at The Mermaid Inn, Bishopsbourne or The Plough and Harrow, Bridge as both sit on the route.

Distance and Time

6 Miles Allow 2¼ hours

Paths

Variety of Tarmac roadways, country lanes, grass and agricultural fields. Walking boots are recommended.

Elevation

This is an easy walk. At its lowest point you will be 83ft above sea level and at its highest point you will be 317ft above sea level. In total you will ascend 464ft

Red Lion, Chelwood Gate

This walk starts and finishes at the Red Lion, a stylish country pub famed for fabulous food, on the edge of the Ashdown Forest.

Distance and Time

5.5 Miles. Allow 2 ¼ hours

Paths

A variety of sandy tracks, woodlands, mud and stony tracks. Walking boots are recommended.

Elevation

This is a moderate walk. At its lowest point you will be 425ft above sea level and at its highest point you will be 658ft above sea level. In total you will ascend 445ft

Swan and Dog, Great Chart

This walk starts and finishes at the Swan and Dog. This 16th century building is based in the 1,200 year old village of Great chart and services up the best produce from the Garden of England.

Distance and Time

4 ¾ miles. Allow 1 ¾ hours

Paths

A variety of gravel and tarmac roadways, stony tracks and some agricultural fields. Walking boots are recommended.

Elevation

This is an easy walk. At its lowest point you will be 135ft above sea level and at its highest point you will be 247ft above sea level. In total you will ascend 311ft.

The George Inn, Leeds (Kent)

This walk starts and finishes at the George Inn, Leeds. It is a historical venue built in 1652 as a coaching inn, close to "The lovliest castle in the world" Leeds Castle.

Distance and Time

  • 4.3 miles. About 1 ½ hours
  • 3.9 miles. About 1 ¼ hours

Paths

Variety of country roads, woodlands, tarmac roadways, mud, grass and agricultural fields. Walking boots are recommended.

Elevation

This is a moderate walk. At the lowest point you will be 183ft above sea level and at its highest point you will be 399ft above sea level. In total you will ascend 350ft.

Horse and Groom, Wilmington

This walk starts and finishes at The Horse & Groom, Wilmington.

Distance and Time

4 miles. Allow 2 hours

Paths

A variety of tarmac paths, mud, grass and stony tracks, woodland paths and country lanes. Boots are recommended.

Elevation

This is a relatively easy walk. At its lowest point you will be 96ft above sea level and at its highest point you will be 240ft above sea level. In total you will ascend 273ft.

THE MINNIS BAY

Distance and Time

5 miles - allow 1 ¾ hours walking time.

Paths

A variety of tarmac and concrete roadways, mud, grass and stony tracks and some agricultural fields. Walking boots are recommended.

Elevation

This is an easy walk. At its lowest point you will be 5ft above sea level and at its highest point you will be 51ft above sea level. In total you will ascend 155ft.

The Minnis Bay Bar and Brasserie

This walk starts and finishes at The Minnis Bay Bar and Brasserie.  It is a unique venue boasting panoramic views overlooking one of Kent's finest beaches.

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THE NEW FLYING HORSE - Wye, near Ashford

Distance and Time

6 mile route –  allow 2 ½ hours. 4 mile route –  allow 1 ¾ hours.

Paths

A variety of grass and stony tracks, agricultural fields, woodland paths and country lanes. Walking boots are recommended.

Elevation

This is a moderate walk. You will ascend 661ft. At the lowest point you will be 148ft above sea level and at the highest point you will be 563ft above sea level. In total you will ascend 471ft.

The New Flying Horse, Wye

This walk starts and finishes at the New Flying Horse. It is a classic country inn situated in the village of Wye, nestled in the hills of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. https://www.newflyinghorsewye.co.uk/ 


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THE CARPENTER'S ARMS - Eastling

Distance and Time

4 miles. Allow 1 ½ hours.

Paths

A variety of grass and stony tracks, agricultural fields, woodland paths and country lanes. Boots are recommended.

Elevation

This is a moderate walk. At its lowest point you will be 191ft above sea level and at its highest point you will be 326ft above sea level. In total you will ascend 275ft.

The Carpenter's Arms, Eastling

This walk starts and finishes at The Carpenters Arms. Situated in the heart of the beautiful Kent Downs, it is the quintessential English country pub. https://www.carpenterseastling.co.uk/

 
DOWNLOAD CARPENTER'S ARMS MAP

THE WHITE HORSE - Boughton-under-Blean

Distance and Time

5 miles. Allow 2 hours.

Paths

A variety of tarmac and gravel tracks, agricultural fields and woodland paths. Walking boots are recommended.

Elevation

This is a moderate walk. At its lowest point you will be 66ft above sea level and at its highest point you will be 331ft above sea level. In total you will ascend 446ft.

The White Horse Inn, Boughton-under-Blean

This walk starts and finishes at The White Horse Inn. Dating back to the 15th century, this historic inn is a unique place to dine, drink and stay. www.whitehorsecanterbury.co.uk

 
DOWNLOAD WHITE HORSE MAP

THE WHITE LION - Selling

Distance and Time

4 miles.  Allow 1 ½ hours. 

Paths

A variety of tarmac, gravel and sandy tracks, agricultural fields, orchards and woodland paths. Walking boots are recommended.

Elevation

This is a moderate walk. At its lowest point you will be 263ft above sea level and at its highest point you will be 470ft above sea level. In total you will ascend 386ft. 

The White Lion, Selling

This walk starts and finishes at The White Lion. A warm welcome is guaranteed at this traditional pub, located in the picturesque village of Selling near Faversham.  www.whitelionselling.co.uk

 
DOWNLOAD WHITE LION MAP

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