This month’s Kent Killer isn’t as urban as first glances suggest. Ignore the fact that these Canterbury trails are bordered by the M20 and M2 because, within moments of leaving leafy Bearsted Green, you’re immersed in some of Kent’s finest countryside. Forming a series of mini circuits extending from the high ridgeline of the North Downs Way, don’t expect to hang on to any climbing headway for long as it’ll quickly be lost in a series of steep drops. Taking to the Pilgrims Way, short stints on generally quiet lanes enable bridle and byways to be tied together to reach commanding views above the Medway Valley. Retracing steps via a couple of additional loops (and an ancient inn or two), almost 50km is racked up. Despite a feeling of solitude in parts, you’re never far from sustenance. Just don’t let the ‘Garden of England’ tag lull you in to a false sense of security: once the trail pitches up to Hucking, the chalky clambers and plummets come thick and fast.