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Footpaths (Rights of Way)

Wye is blessed with an extensive network of local footpaths and bridleways. These public rights of way (PROW) radiate in every direction into the surrounding countryside. The local footpath network connects to a waymarked National Trail and and a Long Distance Path, and a National Cycle Route which all intersect at Wye church.

This convergence of PROW on Wye reflects its importance as an ancient local centre and river crossing since pre-Roman times.

To help you explore these rights of way Kent County Council provides a detailed online map of waymarked trails, public footpaths and bridleways. The Kent Downs AONB Unit recommends the Devil's Kneading Trough Wye TN25 5HE for its dramatic views and chalk scarp landform, and the long-distance panorama across the whole of Kent. You can download an illustrated walk guide and map here.

Image: The Devil's Kneading Trough, Wye, Kent Downs AONB

"Enjoy stunning views from this dramatic site over the Romney Marsh and Weald and out to the English Channel. Why not have a picnic, fly a kite or enjoy the wealth of wildlife and catch a glimpse of rare species of orchid and butterfly."

Lady Orchid, Wye Downs NNR

"The Devil's Kneading Trough is part of the Wye National Nature Reserve owned and managed by Natural England.

The chalk grassland is renowned for the range of orchids it supports; 21 species have been recorded at the site including lady orchid, fly orchid and the rare late and early spider orchid and man orchid. The dramatic coombe is managed for wildlife by grazing by hardy British White cattle. This helps to maintain the grassland in such a way as to create an ideal habitat for many insect and flower species species.

Sleepy dormouse

As well as chalk grassland the reserve includes areas of scrub and ancient woodland connected by over 3.5 km of hedgerows. The shy and mainly nocturnal hazel dormouse lives in these woodlands, but you will be lucky to see one. Dormice are a Priority Species and listed as a European Protected Species.The mosaic of habitats also support around 50 breeding bird species including nightingale, hawfinch, lesser spotted woodpecker and kestrel. Reptiles found here include adder, grass snake, slow worm and common lizard.

There is a 4 km nature trail through the the Wye NNR (steep paths in places) and leaflets and signs are available at the Visitors' Centre. For further information please visit Natural England's report on Kent's National Nature Reserves.

National Trails, National Cycle Route 18

Wye is on the 153 mile North Downs Way National Trail (Farnham to Canterbury), the 61 mile National Cycle Route 18, (Canterbury to Tunbridge Wells) and the 51 mile Stour Valley Walk (Lenham to Pegwell Bay) Long Distance Path. All these routes intersect at Wye church.

Wye News has a selection of OS maps, and local guides for walkers, at 38 Church Street, Wye, Ashford TN25 5BL. Phone: 01233 812271. Wye News is open six days a week, and on Sunday mornings.

Wye with Hinxhill Parish Council promotes local footpath use to residents and visitors.

To find your current location, plan a route, check Ordnance Survey grid references, postcode or path code, please see the online map of all public rights of way (PROW) in Kent.

If you see a fault or obstruction on a PROW please report it online here. Just log in, then select the 'Report a Fault' menu item. This system also enables you to track faults.

To find a location use the 'Search' options to locate paths, settlements or parishes. If your mobile device has a GPS you can centre the map on your current position by pressing the 'Current Location' button.