To celebrate 50 years of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we have teamed up with the Royal Geographic Society’s Discovering Britain project to bring you the best views the Kent Downs has to offer.
Devil’s Kneading Trough
Known as the Devil’s Kneading Trough after its bowl-shaped appearance, this dramatic viewpoint sits at the heart of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is often described as Kent’s top beauty spot.
Location: Wye, near Ashford, Kent, TN25 5HX
A small village with a church, a handful of cottages and a scattering of farms are all that make up the quiet village of Chevening in Kent. Within earshot of the M25 but tucked away down a country lane, thousands of cars and lorries rush past it every day.
Location: Chevening, near Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6HG
One of the most iconic and famous view points on the Downs, this dramatic viewpoint sits at the edge of the Kent Downs and offers stunning views across the Romney Marsh and beyond to France on a clear day.
Location: Lympne, near Hythe, Kent CT21 4LJ
The Hucking Estate is managed by the The Woodland Trust and is one of their top ten bluebell woods
Location: Hucking Estate, near Maidstone, Kent ME17 1QT
Ide Hill is one of the most iconic and famous view points on the Downs. The area boast wonderful views from the south and North and has connections with the artist Samuel Palmer.
Location: Ide Hill, near Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6JN
Farthing Common is one of the highest points in the North Downs offering famous views across the area. It’s situated at an interesting junction, where several paths and roadways meet.
Location: Farthing Common, near Folkestone, Kent CT18 8DH
This is small nature reserve known as Queendown Warren. It’s an orchid lovers’ dream and at least ten native species are regularly spotted here, including the incredibly rare spider orchid. Queendown Warren is managed by the Kent Wildlife Trust.
Location: Queendown Warren, near Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 7XD