LEFT: Bluebells in Kings’ Wood, early May, c. 20 mins walk from the cottages.
RIGHT: Godmersham Park in autumn, also c. 20 mins walk.
Kings’ Wood where King Henry VIII hunted deer is vast; c. 500 Ha /1,400 acres and is within about a 15 mins. walk. Godmersham House and Park (about 20 mins. walk) was inherited and lived in by Jane Austin’s brother Edward Knight. Jane often used to stay there and stroll in the woods, carpeted in snowdrops then bluebells in spring.
There are numerous other footpaths nearby in the picturesque Stour Valley, Wye Downs, Perry Wood and Crundale.
Godmersham Park is privately owned; you can walk the designated footpaths in the park, but the house is not open to the public.
LEFT: View from back of cottages across the Downs
RIGHT: North Downs Way and Pilgrim’s Way passing part of Heron Manor’s grounds