South East of England in Photos
Photos taken on walks in the Cities, Towns & Villages of South East England
Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the northwest, Surrey to the west, East Sussex to the southwest. It faces the French department of Pas-de-Calais across the Strait of Dover. The county town is Maidstone is the fifth most populous county in England, the most populous non-metropolitan county and the most populous of the home counties.
Kent’s principal river, the River Medway, rises near East Grinstead in Sussex and flows eastwards to Maidstone. Here it turns north and breaks through the North Downs at Rochester, then joins the estuary of the River Thames near Sheerness. The Medway is some 112 kilometres (70 mi) long. The river is tidal as far as Allington lock, but in earlier times, cargo-carrying vessels reached as far upstream as Tonbridge. The Medway has captured the head waters of other rivers such as the River Darent. Other rivers of Kent include the River Stour in the east.
Kent is sometimes known as the “Garden of England” for its abundance of orchards and hop gardens. In particular the county produces tree-grown fruits, strawberries and hazelnuts. Distinctive hop-drying buildings called oasts are common in the countryside, although many have been converted into dwellings. Nearer to London, market gardens also flourish. Kent is the main area for hazelnut production in the UK. Wikipedia