Enjoy the great outdoors this springtime

Kent’s countryside bursts into life in spring, with blossom in the trees, flowers underfoot, and lambs dotted across the fields.

Lengthening days and warm sunshine make it the perfect time to get out and about, and Folkestone, Hythe, Romney Marsh and the Kent Downs are great places to explore.

If you want a quick spring fix, then any of Folkestone’s parks will hit the spot. Take time out at lunch or at the end of the day to sit and admire the formal planting of Kingsnorth Gardens, or grab a coffee from the tea rooms at Radnor Park and take a break by the fountain. With blue skies overhead, the Lower Leas Coastal Park can appear almost tropical thanks to its lush planting in the formal zone.

For a real springtime experience, head for the Royal Military Canal in Hythe. From Easter, you can take a trip on the electric boat or hire a rowing boat and explore under your own steam. Wander the tow path and admire the daffodils that line the route, or head out of town and follow one of the many paths linking up with the countryside beyond.

The Leas in Folkestone really comes into its own in spring time, with beautiful flowerbeds lining the paths and plenty of places to stop and admire the view.

Greatstone Lakes is another great spot for a seasonal wander. You can follow the track of the former Southern Region railway line on a walk starting in Taylor Road, Lydd-on-Sea. The route starts on shingle until you meet the start of the old line. It then passes the Sound Mirrors on the opposite side of the south lake.

For a longer walk, the vastness of the Romney Marsh will not disappoint. In spring you might hear a raucous croaking from the many ditches on the marsh – it’s made by the marsh frog, known locally as the laughing frog.

And of course, with 26 miles of coastline in the district, you’re never far from a beach. The district has miles of flat promenade to stroll along – why not grab an ice cream too to really maximise that spring time vibe?