One of the most welcome changes to our previous regime has been the loosening of rules around meeting family members and friends. While we must still be careful and adhere to social distancing measures, we can now spend a happy few hours in the company of people who make us smile. Such a simple pleasure that none of us will ever take for granted again.
Kent is blessed with many stunning locations that offer lots of open space in inspirational surroundings. Check out Pegwell Bay Country Park, part of the Sandwich and Pegwell Bay Nature Reserve to enjoy far-reaching views and walking routes that teem with nature.
Or pack up a picnic and head for Lullingstone Country park near Eynsford to spend time surrounded by ancient trees, spectacular wildflowers and tranquil, flowing water.
Always look online before travelling to check the latest status with regard to opening hours and available facilities.
Parking may be limited and you will most likely need to take your own food and drink.
Most importantly, please take all your litter home with you wherever you stop off and enjoy refreshments this summer. Other people live here and should not have to pick up after you.
Back to nature
Getting back to nature is on lots of people’s priority list this summer, after months spent confined to barracks, seeing the same walls and walking around the same local streets and paths.
Combine a summer outing to immerse yourself in the natural world with a new resolve to get active and regain some of your pre-lockdown fitness. While gyms are now open again, you may not feel comfortable returning just yet, but you don’t have to make complex fitness plans.
Start off lightly with a series of planned walks, runs or bike rides taking in some of the most beautiful countryside areas that Kent has to offer.
A great place to combine nature with fitness is Bedgebury Pinetum with its miles of treelined walking and cycling routes. As with other places, parking may be limited, so you might wish to check beforehand what the expected visitor numbers are going to be and time your trip accordingly.
Take snacks if you are planning to stay for a while, although takeaway food and drinks should be available from the on-site café. Respect other visitors and maintain social distancing at all times. Take your rubbish home.
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