WYE AND THE LOCAL AREA

Surrounded by the stunning Kent countryside, Wye is conveniently located just a few miles from the M20 motorway, giving easy access to the Channel Tunnel, and ferry crossings to France and beyond.

Wye is a historic village with many lovely streets to meander along, and plenty of local amenities, including a Co-op mini supermarket, chemist, numerous hair dressers and beauty salons, a barber shop, micro pub, gift shops, bakery, butcher & deli, and 6 places to eat (including the Kings Head!).  There’s also a vets, and doctor’s surgery, newsagent, and the village post office. Plenty to keep you entertained if you decide to stay local! Not to be missed on the 1st and 3rd Saturday morning each month is the Wye Farmers Market.

Our Favourite things to see & do nearby

Perry Court Farm - Farmshop

Take a short drive or a leisurely walk over the beautiful country side to the outskirts of Wye where you'll find Perry Court Farm, a family run business with three generations of the Fermor family working together on the farm.

Why we love it

Apart from being a supplier to The Kings Head of a great selection of home grown veg, and their amazing apple juices (which you can buy in their huge farm shop), you can buy everything from artisan cheeses, home reared lamb and mutton, to shrubs and plants. There's a lovely tea shop there too.

1.7 mile / 5 minutes drive to TN25 4ES / 30 minutes walk

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Badgers Hill - Farm & Cidery

Just up the A28 outside of Wye you'll find Badgers Hill Farm, a magical place boasting farm shop, tea room, garden centre and animal farm all rolled into one!

Why we love it

It's a great place to while away an hour or two with the kids. They'll love the free roaming chickens, saying hello to the donkeys, and marvelling at the exotic menagerie of animals while you enjoy a bite to eat before stocking up on home made cakes and cider.

5.5 mile / 12 minute drive  to CT4 8BW

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The Wooden Spoon - Preserving Company

A short stroll from the Kings Head will take you to The Wooden Spoon, famed around the world for their jams, chutneys, and preserves, it was founded 40 years ago, staying true too its roots by focusing on artisan products.

Why we love it

They have been supplying us with our jams and preserves, since our doors opened.  You can browse a tiny selection of their amazing range of goods in our little shop by the bar.  For the full monty, visit their farm shop where you can see the production line in action!  Find out what happened when our staff went on a field trip on our Flavours Of Kent page

0.9 mile / 3 minute drive to TN25 5DB / 15 minute walk

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Great Stour Way - walking route

The Great Stour Way is a three mile all weather surface shared use path between Canterbury and Chartham running alongside the river. The path is part of the National Cycle Network route 18, but walkers, dogs, and nature lovers are all welcome too.

Why we love it

You can catch glimpses of the Great Stour around Wye, but this walk takes you right by the river, passing through fields and meadows along the way. You can't get much better than this for an easy, afternoon stroll. You can leave the car and take the the train from Wye two stops to Chartham, where the 3 mile walking route will take you all the way to Canterbury.

7.5 mile / 16 minute drive to CT4 7HZ / 10 minutes by rail from Wye

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Gusbourne - Vineyard

In 2010 Gusbourne debuted their 2006 Brut Reserve and Blanc de Blancs to critical acclaim.  Famed for their still and sparkling wines, their vineyard is just a short drive away in Appledore.

Why we love it

That's easy... their wines are simply superb! We've been selling their brut reserve for a few years by the glass, and their sparkling rose has just been added to our list too. Their tasting room (The Nest) welcomes visitors year round, just drop in to experience the magic.  Guided tours are also available if booked in advance for only £25pp

14 mile / 28 minute drive to TN26 2BE

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DEVILS KNEADING TROUGH - Nature reserve

Don't be scared by the name, this nature reserve just minutes from Wye offers stunning views over the Romney Marsh and Weald, and out to the English Channel. There are numerous signposted nature trails to discover more if you should ever tire of the magnificent views.

Why we love it

The views! And if you're lucky you might also see some of the 21 species of wild orchid recorded at the site including lady orchid, fly orchid and the rare late and early spider orchid and man orchid. Note: Cattle graze to maintain the habitat, so you may need to keep dogs on the lead.

2.3 mile / 6 minutes drive to TN25 5HE / 55 minutes walk (see our walking map below for a circular route)

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Ashford Designer Outlet - Shopping

If it's retail therapy you're after, you can't go wrong at Ashford's shopping mecca.  There are numerous places to eat there too.

Why we love it

Right now there are 80 retailers including Abercrombie & Fitch, All Saints, Jack Wills, Kurt Geiger, Links of London, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker, Boss and more, with a major expansion of 50 more coming in the next year.  Fact: The kilometre long-tented fabric roof is the largest continuous tensile membrane structure in the world!

6 mile / 20 minute drive to TN24 0SD

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More to explore

King's Wood - 1500 Acre forest with walking and cycling paths - 3.5 mile / 10 minute drive to TN25 4AP

Port Lympne - Wild animal safari park and breeding sanctuary - 9.5 mile / 20 minute drive to CT21 4PD

Canterbury - Historic city and world heritage site - 12 mile / 30 minute drive / 20 minute by rail (from Wye station)

Folkestone Harbour Arm - Newly revived structure on the sea front with pop-up food and drink stalls, champagne bar in the lighthouse, and regular music events (check website for seasonal opening times before you visit) - 19 mile / 30 minute drive to CT20 1QH

Leeds Castle - Historic estate and gardens near Maidstone. Admission charges from £17.50 - £33.50 (2018) - 19.2 mile / 28 minute drive to ME17 1RG

Dover Castle - 2000 years of history at this English Heritage site on the White Cliffs - Admission charges £13.20 - £22.00 (2018) - 24.8 mile / 36 minute drive to CT16 1HU


Our FAVOURITE walk

Wye is set in the heart of the North Downs area of outstanding natural beauty, and there is no better way to appreciate the wonderful Kentish countryside than a walk along the downs.  Take the dog, a picnic, a bottle of wine even, and enjoy the garden of England.

Click the map for our favourite guided walk.  You'll take in the Wye Crown, a hill figure (you might recognise from our logo!) carved in the chalk by students in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII.  Walking along the top of the downs you'll get a great view of the land and villages stretching into the distance (just remember to keep the dog on a lead when you see the cows).  You'll reach the Devil's Kneading Trough, a dramatic scarp face, formed after the last ice age, when torrents of water cascaded down the slopes, eroding the chalk and forming steep-sided valleys known as coombes, where you'll take in spectacular views across Kent all the way down to the coast.  After descending the steps in the hillside it's an easy stroll across the fields back to Wye, where we'll be waiting with your much deserved refreshments!

 Click for a downloadable map with directions.

Click for a downloadable map with directions.


FURTHER AFieLD

Wye’s own train station is short stroll from the Kings Head, and offers a direct link to Ashford in 7 minutes, while the historic cathedral city of Canterbury with its bustling and cosmopolitan atmosphere is just 20 minutes away by train.  Further afield the wonderful Kent coast beckons, with its fabulous beaches, towns and villages.

Getting Around

The M20 motorway is around 2.5 mile from Wye and offers connections to the major UK road networks, and channel crossings to France and beyond, but you don't need to rely on the car!  Catch a train from Wye to Canterbury, enjoy a day out at the seaside at Broadstairs, or Margate for culture at the Turner Contemporary. For something a little less high-brow, meander around Margate's old town and then head for the thrills at Dreamland, recently brought back from 1970's kiss-me-quick to retro cool!

One stop to Ashford opens up a host of opportunities with connections towards Brighton, and twice an hour to London on the HS1 High Speed Line in only 38 minutes.

Trains from Wye are every half hour most of the day:

  • Towards Canterbury and the coast: 11m and 41m past the hour.
  • Towards Ashford and London: 19m and 55m past the hour.

Get up-to-the-minute rail information for Wye, and the latest time tables at Southeastern Rail, or click below for the local rail map and timetables.


 

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We thorougly enjoyed exploring the beautiful viallge of Wye and the surrounded countryside during out stay at The Kings Head. It felt like quite an adventure!
— Tom Sampson - London