Active & Outdoors

Take a deep breath of fresh air and experience the incredible views ....

Take a deep breath of fresh air and experience the incredible views and vast variety of wildlife flourishing in the varied landscapes to be enjoyed across the North Downs, the Darent Valley and Eden Valley, the Greensand Way and Sevenoaks Weald.

Explore Kent has identified a series of walks for a range of abilities taking in some of the finest locations in the District. For more information please visit www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/find-a-walk and select Sevenoaks for routes and details.

Toys Hill, near Westerham, is on the Greensand Ridge and is the highest point in Kent. The area, with more than 200 acres of woodland is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the abundant wildlife here. With wide skies and panoramic views, discover the outstanding countryside that inspired local resident, social reformer and campaigner Octavia Hill to found the National Trust. Take in the amazing views of the Weald, whilst you enjoy the many walking and cycling routes and bridleways. An Octavia Hill Centenary Trail is available.

Lullingstone Country Park is internationally important for its collections of veteran trees, some of which are more than 800 years old, and its areas of chalk grasslands filled with spectacular displays of orchids and other wild flowers in summer. There is a Discovery Trail and zip wire for children and a café, kindling & log shop, toilets and refreshments. Dogs are very welcome.

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve is a pioneering nature reserve, with 75 acres of five stunning lakes, mixed habitat ponds, seasonal flooded pools, reedbeds and woodland. Renowned for its birds, there is a wealth of wildlife to be discovered, with more than 2,000 species identified here. There is an informative visitor centre, café, gift shop ,, picnic areas and toilets. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. The paths here are wheelchair accessible.

Dryhill Local Nature Reserve, near Sevenoaks, was the first geological local nature reserve in the county highlighting the interesting rock formations and fossils to be discovered. It’s a great place for picnics, woodland walks and amateur geologists.

Step out into outstanding nature reserves at Farningham Wood, Shoreham Woods and Oxenhill Woods or head for the delightful Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the Sevenoaks (Seale, Fawke & Bitchet) Commons and the Westerham (Hosey Hill and Crockham Hill) Commons www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/countryside

Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation offers visitors a wide range of experiences on the North Downs including husky rides and hikes, falconry lessons and opportunities to join the specialist Meerkat keepers to find out more about these fascinating animals and their lives.

Go golfing – Kent is celebrated for its many high quality golf courses and the Sevenoaks District offers a wide selection of courses set in stunning surroundings including the grounds of historic houses and castles. For a full list of courses to suit players of different standards visit www.golfinkent.co.uk