Kent County Council (KCC) has launched its 10-year Countryside Access Improvement Plan to increase the usage and enjoyment of walking, cycling and horse riding in Kent.

As well as giving more people the opportunity to enjoy the countryside for leisure, the plan will play a key role in reducing the volume of traffic on Kent’s roads and safeguarding public rights of way in the face of new development.

It will also help towards the national priority of combating health problems such as obesity and coronary heart disease by offering low-cost and easy access to regular exercise.

Keith Ferrin KCC Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste said: “Kent is a stunning county and it is only right that its network of paths should be a gateway for visitors and residents to explore Kent’s heritage, wildlife and iconic landscape. However, it is also extremely important that the network functions as a practical and appealing way to get from A to B over short distances without using a car.”