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Snowdrop special! 5 lovely local walks

They're coming out! Here's our top snowdrop hotspots in your 'hood so you can catch these beautiful blooms as they spring up across Kent over the next few weeks.

Shorts and sandals at the ready, spring is here. Er, okay maybe not, but the snowdrops are! Those delicate white blooms are a sure sign that warmer weather is on the way.

I’ve seen several shoots and even full bunches in blooms on recent walks this week. So, with no time to waste, we’ve teamed up with Explore Kent, the experts on the best walking, cycling and paddling routes around the county to bring you the very best suggestions.

So here are some of the top snowdrop hotspots in our ‘hood. This is by no means a definitive list – so if you know a secret spot, please let us know in the Comments below.

Goodnestone Walk, Canterbury

This short circular walk of 4.5 miles is the perfect chance to see some snowdrops at the gorgeous Goodnestone Park sitting in 15 acres of land and manicured gardens which are open to the public. Did you know that Jane Austen was a regular visitor here? She began writing Pride and Prejudice immediately after staying on the Goodnestone estate in 1796.

The walk begins opposite the church in the centre of Goodnestone which will take you past the historic Chillenden Mill where there’s dramatic landscapes across Knowlton Court and Ramsgate to be enjoyed. Then the village of Staple and around Goodnestone Park Gardens.

Saltwood Saunter, nr Hythe

Starting from the beautiful Brockhill Country Park to Willow Wood this short circular walk promises snowdrops-a-plenty. The route passes through the quaint village of Saltwood where you can admire the 12th century parish church plus Saltwood Castle where in December 1170, 4 knights stayed before riding to Canterbury to murder Archbishop Thomas Becket.

Hever Castle, nr Edenbridge

You won’t miss the 100,000 Snowdrops at Hever Castle that’s for sure! They will begin to flower throughout the grounds from Sunday Walk to the banks of the Outer Moat from 9 Feb to early March. So wrap up warm and explore the snowdrop trail. Don’t miss garden writer and and galanthophile Val Bourne who will be delivering a snowdrop talk on Sat 12 Feb ‘My Twenty Favourite Snowdrops and the Stories behind Them‘.

Shipbourne Walk, nr Sevenoaks

Enjoy a lovely stroll through the countryside surrounding Plaxtol plus visit Ightham Mote, a medieval moated manor house which is a hot spot for snowdrops. This circular route of 5 miles also includes the chance to see beautiful woodland surrounding High Beeches and the magnificent 17th century Fairlawne Estate both with excellent views. This walk is called picture perfect for a reason!

Westerham Walk, Westerham

This walks leads uphill to dramatic views over rolling hills, historic houses and farms. You’ll pass through Chartwell, former home of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill, where you’ll get your snowdrops fix. Peering through trees you’ll find the 17th century Manor House sat in Squerryes Park as well.

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