The Elham valley is a quiet, peaceful part of the East Kent Downs situated between Canterbury and Folkestone and is acknowledged to be one of Kentís most precious assets.† The villages along and around the valley each have their own character, history and interesting houses and local churches.†


Local activities available include:-

 sculpture workshops

 ceramic painting

 hand spinning, weaving and dyeing

 Yoga workshops

 health and beauty therapies

 dance classes

 Bushcraft skills


 A host of village events including conker bash, barn dance, flower festival, hog roast, St Nicholas Fayre, fetes, amateur dramatics and musical evenings has more information and links for many of these activities.† If you are particularly interested in any of the above please let us know as prior booking may be required and we will send more details by email or post and help you to make arrangements.

In addition the area has:-

 Several riding schools,

 three golf courses (Pentland, Roundhill, Sene Valley)

 Museums (Battle of Britain, Elham Valley Railway)

 Country Parks and woods (Brockhill, The Warren, Lyminge Forest)

 Vineyards (Elham Valley Vineyard, Terlingham Manor)

 Castles (including the great fortress at Dover, Walmer, Deal, Westernhanger

 Port Lympne and Howletts zoo parks, Rare Breeds Centre, Wildwood

 Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch light railway

 Childrenís play areas (Elham, Lyminge, Lower Lees Folkestone)

 White Cliffs Countryside Project events and activities for families and wildlife enthusiasts held throughout the year


Walkers can choose from a wide variety of public paths, Open Access Land and forests. Longer distance trails such as the Elham Valley Way, North Downs Way, Saxon Shore Way pass nearby. We can provide details and help with maps.


Cyclists can bring their own bikes (or rent one locally) to enjoy quiet lanes, bridleways, byways and forest tracks. Sustrans Route 17 to Canterbury passes the door as does the more challenging Coast to Cathedral route. We can provide safe storage for your bikes and cleaning off facilities.


Golfers have a choice of several local links and of course Sandwich, home to the Royal Open is a special treat less than an hour away.

Foreign Travel Youíll rarely have a better opportunity for a day trip to France.† You can go on foot by train from Folkestone, by car through Eurotunnel, or either way in a more leisurely fashion by ferry from Dover.

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