Countryside & Villages

Nestling between the River Thames, its estuary wetlands of international importance, and the North Downs, the countryside to the east and south of Gravesend is an exceptional Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, containing Ancient Woodland and Country Parks, and historic villages of windmills, country houses and cricket on the green.

Trace the numerous literary and film connections that this area has and especially with the life and novels of Charles Dickens, England's renowned novelist. An area which he called 'the fairest spot in the Garden of England'.

Plan your visit to include a walk or cycle to or around one or more of the villages of Cobham, Higham, Luddesdown, Meopham, Shorne and Vigo. Call in to absorb the peace of an ancient country church or enjoy refreshment in one of many historic public houses.