Footsteps of Royalty and Romans Nature Trail (6 miles)
Where town and country meet, home to the world’s largest living library of fruit trees, Kent cider, and the national hop collection, this walk through Faversham offers seductive glimpses of England’s rich and colourful farming past and insights into its growing future.
You’ll pass stunning Victorian and Georgian buildings, a celebrated Royal ‘stop-over’, fine manor houses – one the dowry of English queens – and a hoppers’ inn on your journey through town and country.
Your walk begins in the bustling brewery town of Faversham, where the King has always been Lord of the Manor and where the area’s regal history is never far away. King James ll was detained here when trying to flee the country in 1688, and today Faversham still uses Richard the 1st’s crest as the town crest.
Surrounded by cafés and historic inns, you set out from Market Place, where street traders have been selling local produce for 900 years. Then, as you leave the town, you follow the lead of legionnaires as you cross the old Roman road into the Kent countryside beyond, where thatched cottages, oasts and orchards greet you.
Whether it’s rural tranquillity or urban activity – there’s much to discover in and around the medieval Market Town of Kings.