Step back 600 years into quaint cobbled streets and tales of smugglers, sea and secret derring-do.
Follow the coast south and west of Dover through Folkestone and Hythe and marvel at the defences put in place against the French Napoleonic invasion in the 19th century.
Drive on to the evocative Romney Marshes and take a look at tiny English villages never complete without a church, a school, a village green and of course, the local pub.
Drive into the medieval walled town of Rye, once an important royal port now stranded inland as the sea has retreated over the centuries. Stroll through its cobbled streets and soak up the atmosphere that attracted the author Henry James to make his home in the town and visit Lamb House where he spent many years.
EF Benson’s Mapp and Lucia novels were set in Rye (renamed Tilling) and many of the locations can still be visited today and the atmosphere of between-the-wars small town life can be evoked in an instant
Drive on to Tenterden and see the steam railway and, if time permits, why not take a trip on the railway to Bodiam Castle?