Walkers in Kent enjoy a number of long distance footpaths, including the North Downs Way, Wealdway, Pilgrims' Way and Greensand Way, and sections of them are incorporated into several walks in this guide. Routes starting at Tenterden and Penshurst wind through a typical Kentish landscape, characterised by orchards, medieval churches and coast houses. Deal and Sandwich, featured on another walk, were once centres for smugglers, while walks along the cliffs of Dover and Folkestone evoke historic maritime events. In contrast, Romney Marsh and the Swale have a wild and lonely beauty which evoke a more contemplative mood.
David Hancock is an outdoor writer and photographer based in Kent. He has worked in Travel Guide Publishing for over twenty years and has written and revised several Pathfinder(R) Walks and Crimson Short Walks titles in the south of England.