Walking Back to Happiness
Autumn is here but there is still plenty of time to get out and about around Kent for some great outdoor fun before the winter drives us indoors. The National Trust has created a series of self-led trails, as well as a programme of guided walks which include Scotney Castle in Lamberhurst, which is the picture featured on the cover of our new 2014 brochure.To celebrate the most colourful season of the year, why not take part in the National Trust's walking festival which lasts until Sunday 3 November. It is encouraging everyone to go for a walk, whether that's a stroll or a longer ramble in a beautiful garden or the Kentish countryside.
Scotney Castle has a delightful garden, surrounded by a wider estate that takes in woodland, parkland and a working hop farm which is why it is perfect for an autumnal hike. The trees are at their colourful best in October and the ruined castle with its romantic moat looks magnificant. The woods at Scotney are a great place for wildlife lovers to walk and include owls, bats, birds and small mammals. Other places of interest in Kent this month are Emmetts Garden in Westerham, which is a delightful hillside garden and the White Cliffs of Dover. Early risers might like to know that the White Cliffs of Dover is the first place you can watch the sun rise in the UK during the winter months. Go on, put on your walking boots and get hiking!