Kent is a county blessed with a plethora of natural beauty and picturesque landscapes, making it a paradise for landscape photographers. From charming coastal towns to historic monuments, there are always opportunities to capture breathtaking shots. If you're a budding photographer, a local looking for some inspiration or new to Kent and visiting, here are nine stunning spots that are just too good to miss.
1. Reculver Towers
The iconic twin medieval towers of Reculver situated on Kent’s north coast stand tall on the coastline, offering a dramatic backdrop for your landscape photography. These historic ruins create a mesmerizing contrast against the sea, providing an incredible photo opportunity (especially if you catch them in time for sunset!)
2. Botany Bay
Located near Broadstairs, Botany Bay is a hidden gem along the Kent coastline. With its towering chalk cliffs, golden sands, and natural arches, it's no wonder that this stunning bay is a favorite among photographers. We recommend getting up early, grabbing your camera and making your way down to Botany Bay in time for sunrise for the money shot!
3. White Horse Wood
Located near Detling Hill in Maidstone, White Horse Wood is a peaceful oasis ideal for capturing the beauty of the Kent countryside. The ancient woodland is home to an abundance of wildlife, and the carpet of bluebells during spring adds a splash of color to your photographs.
4. Whitstable Beach
Famous for its oysters and charming beach huts, Whitstable Beach offers a captivating landscape for photographers. From peaceful sunrises to vibrant sunsets, the combination of colorful beach huts and the vast stretch of shingle beach provides endless creative possibilities. The beach is also home to the ‘Old Neptune’ pub which is a truly great spot to enjoy a pale ale, some fish & chips and an amazing view!
This picturesque village on the banks of the River Medway presents a wealth of photographic opportunities. From the charming medieval bridge and historic buildings to the tranquil river setting, Aylesford is a real gem for landscape photographers.
6. Scotney Castle
Situated near Lamberhurst and now owned by the National Trust, Scotney Castle is a magnificent 14th-century moated castle surrounded by enchanting gardens. The castle's reflection in the moat and the colorful blooms make for a fairytale-like scene that is sure to appeal to all landscape photographers.
7. White Cliffs of Dover
No list of Kent's best landscape photography locations would be complete without the White Cliffs of Dover. These iconic chalk cliffs offer unparalleled views and photo opportunities for photographers, although this location isn’t a ‘hidden’ gem, it is still undoubtedly a gem!
8. Blean Woods
As one of England's largest areas of ancient woodland, Blean Woods is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. Capture the dappled light filtering through the trees, the vibrant autumn colors, or the delicate woodland flowers in spring - seasonality will really change up the shot of this location.
Apart from its stunning cathedral, Canterbury boasts charming cobbled streets, historic buildings, and the tranquil River Stour. Capture the medieval charm of the city, explore the bustling markets, or take a tranquil river walk for some exquisite shots.
Whether you're a professional photographer, passionate about Kent or are just looking for some new picturesque spots to frequent, these nine locations present the very best of Kent's beautiful landscapes. From the rugged coastline to ancient woodlands, each destination offers something different, so whatever the aesthetic shot you were after we hoped we’ve included something for you!
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