The North Downs Way walking path stretches just over 150 miles and offers stunning views of the South East countryside, historic landmarks and more. In just a few minutes’ walk from Stable Oak Cottages, you can be on your way to discovering the wonders the North Downs Way holds for you…



Near to Stable Oak Cottages…


Historic Harrietsham


Distance from Stable Oak Cottages: 0.9 miles/15 mins walk
Part of North Downs Way: Harrietsham Walk


The Old House (photo by Penny Mayes)

Harrietsham is famous for its mention in the Domesday Book. In 1086, the book recorded 39 households in Harrietsham. Today, Harrietsham is a bustling village with over 2000 inhabitants.

Harrietsham boasts a number of Grade 1 listed buildings, such as The Old House, a 16thC farmhouse on East Street and the Saxon Church of St John the Baptist on Marley Road.


The Lenham Cross


Distance from Stable Oak Cottages: 3.5 miles/1 hr 15 mins walk
Part of North Downs Way: Stour Valley Walk


The Lenham Cross (photo by Oliver Dixon)

The market village of Lenham also boasts a mention in the historic Domesday Book and is home to the unusual Lenham Cross, which is a chalk cross created in 1922 to commemorate those who lost their lives in the First World War. During the Second World War, the cross was covered by earth so as not to act as a landmark for enemy pilots. Today, the cross is a memorial to those who lost their lives in both world wars and can be seen clearly by all who pass by.




A little further afield…


Canterbury Castle


Distance from Stable Oak Cottages: 21 miles/40 mins by car/1hr by train
Part of North Downs Way: Stour Valley Walk


One of three original royal castles in Kent (in addition to Rochester Castle and Dover Castle), Canterbury Castle was built in 1070 and is one of the city’s many historic buildings. The flint and sandstone castle is now mostly ruins, but should be top of your list of things to see when visiting Canterbury.



The White Cliffs Of Dover


Distance from Stable Oak Cottages: 39 miles/1 hr by car/1 hr 40 mins by train
Part of North Downs Way: Stour Valley Walk


These striking white cliffs have long been an iconic English landmark. The flora and fauna along this stretch of the North Downs Way are protected by the National Trust as a special area of conservation. Walking along these Dover pathways you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the English coastline and Channel as well as views of wild Exmoor ponies. If you’re lucky you might even spot a peregrine falcon!





Train links from Stable Oak Cottages:

Harrietsham station is 15 minutes’ walk from Stable Oak Cottages and has a direct link to Canterbury and easy change in Ashford to Dover, from which you can join the North Downs Way.

For train timetables, please click here.




To book your superb stay with us please click on the button below. If you have any questions before booking, please contact Laurain on tel: 01622 859720 or email: