Charing is a small village located at the foot of the North Downs, on the outskirts of Ashford. The name Charing either derives from the Anglo-Saxon word Ceorra, which was a local Anglo-Saxon Chief or Cerring which means a bend in the road.
The Archbishops Palace is the most famous building in Charing and is commonly known as Charing Palace. It was once owned by the Archbishop of Canterbury but is now a private dwelling.
The church of St.Peter and St.Paul, is rumoured to contain the stone that on which John the Baptist was beheaded.
We would like to thank "Rainham Rail Enthusiast" for allowing us to link his video of the station.
Walks around Charing
The North Downs Way National Trail have produced two circular walks, one that passes through historic woodland and the other which takes you up on to the North Downs to see stunning views of the Kent Countryside. Click on the Lost Landscapes map or the link below for a copy of the guide information about the walk.
North Downs Way National Trail Charing
The Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership have also recommended 4 walks around Charing. The maps can be downloaded below.
Dip slopes and dry valleys
Ups and downs
To the very top
To the source of the Great Stour
Cycle rides around Charing
Pilgrims Cycle Trail - If you fancy a challenge why not cycle along part of the Pilgrims Way or even the entire 47 miles. There are picturesque views across the North Downs but a mountain bike is advisable as part of the route is in need of some repair.
North Downs Way Riders’ Route - Ride through 1000s of years of history on the magnificent North Downs Way National Trail Riders' Route.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.
However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.
Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.
Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.
For more information about things to do around Charing, why not take a look at the Explore Kent website.