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.
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.
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
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.