The village of Chilham, just off the A252 between Ashford and Canterbury is one of the most attractive villages in the Kent Downs. The historic square and the small lanes leading to it are lined with Tudor and Jacobean houses, with the gates of Chilham Castle (privately owned and not open to the public), at one side of the square and St Marys Church on the other. The church was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086. It is reputed to be the burial place of St Augustine. You can purchase a guide book from the church which has lots of interesting facts about the village. You may recognise Chilham Square as it was used as a location for the ITV series of ‘Marple’ mysteries though the square was covered in grass for the programmes and also for the more recent edition of Jane Austen's Emma. . Look out for the plaque in the White Horse Pub commemorating a story concerning the vicar during the Civil War who backed the Parliamentarians and subsequently had to seek lodgings in the White Horse.
There are a number of places to eat and drink in the village and around Bagham Cross.
There are several walks you can take from the village, either along the North Downs Way or the Stour Valley Walk. You can get further information about these walks from www.kentishstour.org.uk or for a variety of walks ranging from 1 mile to 4 ½ miles you can download a copy of the North Downs Way Lost Landscapes Heritage Trail at http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ At the end of Mountain Street you can follow the footpath to Kings Wood, The forest is an ancient woodland site with both broad-leaved trees and conifers and is home to a huge diversity of flora and fauna.
• Toilets in Taylors Hill Car Park
• Tea Shops
• Pubs in village
Travelling by car - park in the car park at Taylors Hill, signposted from the A252 at Chilham and walk up the hill to the village centre.
Travelling by train - from Chilham Railway Station, leave the station through the main exit and walk a few yards along the A28 (take care as this is a very busy road) until you can cross over into Bagham Lane and then into the village.