KENT

Kent is a county that offers a variety of both coastal and rural delights. Down at Dungeness on the coast is an RSPB Nature Reserve. The Martello Tower at Dymchurch was built as a stronghold against potential Napoleonic invasion, while the remains of Eynsford Castle [TQ 542658] have their origin in early Norman times. Upnor Castle, with its defensive iron studded gate, was built during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Among the villages worth drifting through are Chiddington - some houses dating back to the 16th and 17th century - and Penshurst which also has Penshurst Place. Knole House is a well preserved example of Elizabethan house building.

Railway enthusiasts might like to have a look at the Kent & East Sussex Railway line which is based at Tenterden.

One of the best known sites in the county is the moated 13th century Hever Castle; childhood home of Anne Boleyn, later restored by the Astors, and offering some fine garden space for a relaxing walk.

Stepping back in time there are Roman ruins at Lullington and Richborough. Lullington Villa has some fine figurative mosaic floors, and the ruins outline a structure constructed over several hundred years. All that remians of Richborough Fort [TQ 324602] are earthworks and some walling, although there is an on-site museum.

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