60/75 min Walk: avoiding the cows and calves, passing through near by villages, following the River Stour, stoping at Duke William, Ickham for a refresher before heading back to The Quaives.

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This walk is great if you want to get a feel for the local area; villages and countryside. It also avoids walking through fields with cows and the calves when they are out in the fields spring-summer time. It is not a demanding walk, the area is reasonably flat. A good place to have a rest and refreshing pint or cuppa is at The Duke William in Ickahm. They also do superb food, but booking ahead may be necessary. Enjoy the walk and let us know how you get on! You can download a printable version pdf here

Walk from The Quaives to The Dog in Wingham for a truly fabulous meal and wonderful, friendly service - 40 minutes

Walk to The Dog, Wingham download it here

This is a lovely strightforward walk that heads from The Quaives on Seaton Road straight through the fields, some woodland and into Wingham. Allow 40 minutes to walk there at a moderate pace. Book your table in advance to avoid disappointment Catch the sunset on your return walk as it sets behind Ickham, a truly beautiful scene as you walk across the countryside.

Fun and alternative things to do near by

Apart from lots of lovely countryside walks, and visits to near by Canterbury and seaside towns, you may be fancying some sightseeing or adventure with a difference. We are very lucky here at The Quaives, with so much to do you are really spoilt for choice. Here's just a few ideas to get you going....

Howlets Wild Animal Park

Looking after over 400 species, including Kent’s only giant anteaters, the largest herd of african elephants in the UK, and more gorillas, tigers, leopards and monkeys than any zoo in the County, it’s a fun packed, wild day out for a great price! They are a conservation charity, so your visit helps them to protect wildlife in the UK, which then enables them to send animals back to the wild in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation. Book your day ticket online to get 20% discount.

Wine Tasting at Barnsole Vineyard

From early May and throughout the summer until the end of September, visitors are welcome to drop-in for a free mini-tour and tasting of the still wines anytime between 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. They can open in the evenings, but by appointment only. A full one hour guided tour - with the winemaker - can be booked in advance and carries the modest fee of £11.00 per adult. The full tour includes an introductory sample of our sparkling wine (subject to availability), a talk about the history of wine, its arrival in England with the Romans and the current trends in the burgeoning English wine industry.  They will show you the vineyard and the winery and finish with a tasting of the still wines that are available for sale.

Horse Riding

Bekesbourne Stables is a small, friendly riding and livery yard less then a 10 minutes drive away. They provide quality, reliable horses for accompanied or unaccompanied hacking. Private/group lessons are for all ages and abilities. They are fully insured and a licensed establishment approved by Canterbury City Council. Very reasonable prices; from £20 each for two person lesson for 30 minutes, or £35 each for 60 minute lesson. Hacking is £30 each for 60 minutes,
90 min hack £40 each, 120 min hack £45 each. Their horses have been used for period displays including jousting. Beach rides are also available!

Call to book your lessons or hack on 01227830910

Kite Surfing Lessons

Kent kite surfing school is less then 30 minutes away in Whitstable, offering private tuition tailored to suit the student whether at beginner, intermediate or advanced level. The lessons are for 2.5 hours and cost £100. All lessons and coaching sessions are carried out by fully qualified and insured BKSA instructors. After each session you will receive a BKSA competency card which can be used to track your progress. If you reach independent rider status your card can be used to show competency and hire kit at centers around the world!

Lessons must be booked in advance 07597048858

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Hiring Bikes

Why not explore the beautiful countryside and coastal scenery of the North Kent Coast plus some of the county's most ancient landmarks by hiring some bikes for just £24 at Kent Cycle Hire. Make a day of it with a return trip - or cycle one-way and drop off your bikes at any one of their three cycle hubs; Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay. They even provide you with a map and directions to get you started on you way!

All bikes must be booked in advance 01227 388058.




Seaton-Ickham-Wickhambreaux 45 minute walk- fields, stream, oast houses, idyllic villages, mills, little Stour river, and 2 pubs!

A stunning little route that makes its way through the little hamlet of Seaton, across the fields to the quaint village of Ickham where you could wet your whistle at the fabulous Duke William pub before continuing on past the Oast Houses across some more beautiful countryside, a Mill, and onto idyllic Wickhambreaux following the little Stour river, and finish at The Rose Inn before heading back to The Quaives.   It is an easy walk, flat and often muddy in wet weather so good shoes advisable when we've had a lot of rain, otherwise trainers are fine. 

Click here to download a pdf of the route so you can use it when you don't have any signal.