Lying high above the valley of the River Stour in the picturesque Kent Downs, the village of Chilham and its medieval square offer a real taste of history, beautifully complemented by some of the finest countryside in the South East
Renowned for its beauty and charm, the Kentish village of Chilham lies high above the valley of the River Stour in the picturesque Kent Downs. An incredibly ancient spot, with, at its heart four narrow steep lanes which rise up from the valley to emerge into the beautiful open space of Chilham square. Surrounding this medieval gem are timber framed houses of Tudor origin, the 16th century church and the imposing Chilham Castle with its exceptional views across the Stour Valley.
Yet the lure of this village is not simply in its buildings. The surrounding countryside of the beautiful Kent Downs is criss-crossed by many footpaths, bridal-ways and country lanes, which give visitors excellent access to an exquisite landscape of woodland and open country with breathtaking views, as well as sheltering the hidden Kentish villages of Shottenden and Old Wives Lees. For the hardier walker, Chilham lies on the routes for the North Downs Way and the Pilgrims Way to Canterbury.
Should the outdoor activities prove too strenuous, Chilham also offers a traditional brand of Kentish hospitality in its many pubs and cozy accommodations, and provides the perfect base for exploring the area.
So why not come and Enjoy Chilham for yourselves?