Keeping Fit in Kent
Although there’s a time and a place for beach or poolside holidays where all we need do is lie in the sun with a good book, it’s increasingly trendy to stay active while we’re away. As we become more health conscious, our holidays incorporate more active pursuits that the whole family can enjoy, from nature walks to archery. Here are some of our favourite ways to keep fit when you visit Kent.
Walking and cycling
Walking and cycling are two easy ways to stay active, and Kent has no shortage of places to explore. Betteshanger Park near Deal has a 3km cycling track, which provides a safe place for children to ride, as well as 10km of mountain biking trails for all abilities.
Bewl Water at Lamberhurst has well maintained paths with sections suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, enabling visitors of all ages to enjoy a stroll. The full 20km route around the reservoir takes approximately six hours, but if you’re not up to the whole challenge, you can simply hop aboard a water taxi to finish the journey.
Water sports are a fun holiday activity that the whole family can enjoy, and often they’re so much fun you barely notice you’re exercising. Seaside resorts such as Folkestone, Whitstable and Margate offer activities such as kayaking, windsurfing and jet-skiing, while inland lakes such as those at Leybourne and Lydd are good places to try wakeboarding or open water swimming.
Those with a head for heights can brave the treetop courses at one of Kent’s Go Ape centres. Admire the spectacular countryside scenery as you cross rope bridges, try a Tarzan swing and slide down the zip wires at either Leeds Castle or Bedgebury Pinetum. Both locations have courses for adults and children, so all ages can enjoy some monkeying around.
British summer weather isn’t known for its predictability, so if it’s looking like rain on your visit to Kent, don’t despair. Several trampolining facilities have sprung up in the county, including Flip Out in Ashford and Gravity Fitness in Maidstone, both of which have connected trampolines, wall runners, a slam dunk area and a dodgeball court. They’re a great way to stay active and dry at the same time, whatever your age.
A challenge for the mind as well as the body, geocaching is essentially a worldwide treasure hunt that uses GPS to help you find ‘caches’ that have been hidden by others and contain trinkets or toys. They might be in a tree, behind a wall or under a park bench for example – you must follow the coordinates to find the cache and log your discovery in a book. It’s a great way to learn more about the local area and get the whole family out and about.
Make the Most of your Stay
A stay at the Marquis during your active holiday in Kent provides the perfect balance between keeping busy and relaxation. Set close to the Kent coast, it is close to some of the county’s best attractions and adds a luxurious touch to your trip thanks to comfy rooms and fine dining. Contact us on 01304 873410 to book.