Nature and outdoor activities
As a guest at Rankins Farm, you are perfectly placed to discover the Weald of Kent’s beautiful and diverse natural environments. Whether you enjoy walking, cycling, fishing or simply finding a peaceful spot to read a good book, the Kent countryside has plenty to offer.
A haven of tranquillity, Bedgebury Pinetum is home to one of the world’s largest conifer collections and is the ideal place for some light activity or a family picnic. The trails change each season to provide walkers and cyclists with the best routes, while the more adventurous can take to the trees on the pinetum’s Go Ape course.
Monk Fishing Lakes
Keen anglers will find hours of enjoyment at Monk Lakes, a 120-acre fishery located just over a mile from the farm. Two pleasure lakes and a 2km stretch of river bank are open day and night with no pre-booking required, and visitors can buy bait and tackle on site. The match and specimen lakes require advance booking.
Kent Downs ANOB
Stretching from the White Cliffs of Dover to the Surrey border, the Kent Downs is an enchanting and varied landscape of chalk valleys, orchards and woodlands that supports a vast array of flora and fauna. The extensive network of public footpaths that criss-cross the area make it a rambler’s paradise; those who wish to can even follow part of the Pilgrim’s Way that led pilgrims to Canterbury Cathedral many years ago.
This 800-acre site set in the heart of the High Weald is a stunning spot all year round. The lake and its surrounding woodlands are home to some 200 species of bird, small mammals and fish, and there are numerous activities on offer for all ages and abilities. After a lakeside stroll or an energetic day of water sports, head to the Boat House Bistro or the Waterfront Café for a bite to eat.
Popular with locals and visitors alike, Mote Park spans 450 acres and features a host of walking and cycling trails as well as two children’s play areas. For the more adventurous there’s a BMX track which is free to use, and a Segway course, which is available on selected weeks throughout the year. There’s also plenty of open space to simply enjoy a picnic or feed the ducks if you prefer a relaxed afternoon in the sunshine.