Enjoying the Countryside

Blossom on a tree against a blue, cloud-free skyWith its stunning countryside and picture-postcard villages, you can quickly see why this part of the world lives up to its reputation as the Garden of England. Visit in spring and enjoy the numerous bluebell woods and orchards in blossom; in summer when the fields are bright yellow from the rape seed, or wait until harvest time when hops and apples are being gathered in.

You can also enjoy a taste of the countryside by sampling some of the county's best home-grown produce. From Kentish apples, pears and cherries to delicious jams and preserves, from fine wines and ciders to local beers flavoured by Kent-grown hops, there is something to suit all palates.

Ashford has a wealth of natural beauty spots waiting to be explored, with two national recognised areas of outstanding natural beauty - the Kent Downs and High Weald - and stunning woodland, some of which are a focal point for art and sculpture.

The Tourist Information Service in Ashford has all of the information you need about the borough's many beauty spots and tourist attractions - and the best way to visit them, from cycling to hang gliding, and lots in between!

You can also view Kent County Council's walking webpage for ideas and information about walks within the borough and further afield.

For activities in the Tenterden area go to visitashfordandtenterden.co.uk.