Original article from Kent Live
Kent is a wonderful place to live and an equally wonderful place to explore.
Boasting just one city, Kent’s charm can be found in its natural beauty and idyllic countryside.
Miles upon miles of stunning coastline, acres of roaring countryside and dozens of charming villages make for some stunning photoshoot locations.
So it’s somewhat surprising to see Kent ranked the 10th most scenic place in the UK – lower than the Isle of Skye and Suffolk.
Kent is an absolutely stunning place to live.
We've got so many brilliant locations and awe-inspiring backdrops across the county, so it's no wonder the pictures from the community of photographers on Instagram keep coming thick and fast.
We're pretty sure that you agree with us that Kent has massive appeal to those with an eye for a picture. But if you did doubt us, then following the @kentlivenews Instagram account is a must-do.
We share the best photos from around the county daily, as well the headlines you need to know about from around Kent on our Instagram stories.
If you want to get involved, use our #kentlive hashtag when you post your photos – we look through them all and repost the best on our account.
What are you waiting for?!
While we're sure those places are quite lovely, we wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
The KentLive Instagram page is probably best described as the ‘best of’ of Kent and features some spectacular photos from across the county.
From historic castles to sandy beaches, Kent’s 3,736 km² is a paradise for photographers.
Don’t just take our word for it though – why don’t you look through some of our favourite photos sent it by KentLive readers.
And if you've got a picture you're proud of, make sure to share it with us by tagging #KentLive.
Consider this our way of flying the flag for our county.
Thanet's stunning coastline
Thanet on the east Kent coast is home to no less than 16 sandy beaches and bays.
While Viking Bay in Broadstairs and the Margate Main Sands attract a lot of media attention each bay offers some individual charm.
Recently, Stone Bay was voted one of the best beaches in the county by the Sunday Times.
Botany Bay (pictured above) is home to some incredible chalk stacks and a long beach.
A unique stretch of coastline which is hard not to love
The loveliest castle in the world
Known as ‘The loveliest castle in the world' Leeds Castle near Maidstone is a popular spot with photographers.
The castle's 900 year history makes Leeds Castle a popular spot with tourists from all across the world too!
The imposing castle, which was owned by King Henry VIII lies in 500 acres of glorious land and is a photographer's dream.
And some lesser known castles too
You may already be aware of Leeds Castle, Hever Castle and Dover Castle but did you know that Kent is home to a whopping 30 castles dotted across the county?
Scotney Castle (pictured above) is just one of the near three dozen castles in the county.
The Victorian castle which resembles something you'd see in a fairy tale lies in 770 acres of beautiful parkland.
The actual Garden of England
Kent isn’t called the ‘Garden of England’ for nothing.
King’s Wood in Challock, near Ashford, consists of 588 hectares of mixed conifer and broadleaf woodland.
Stunning pictures taken just last week showed beautiful bluebells and a quick look on Instagram reveal that plenty of people have been flocking there to take their own snaps.
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The historic city of Canterbury
Canterbury is a busy student town has a number of big name retailers but that doesn’t mean it’s not picturesque.
The historic high street has a very charming feel to it and just 100 yards away from the main shopping complex lies the Great Stour which offers some brilliant juxtaposition from the excitement of the centre.
That’s not to mention the cathedral which, like Leeds Castle, is popular with tourists around the world.
A day in Canterbury and you'll find yourself clutching your camera like your life depends on it.
The unique Romney Marsh landscape
The 100 square miles of the Romney Marsh is commonly known as ‘the fifth continent of the world’.
Its unique and distinctive landscape made it a smugglers paradise in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Now this peculiar setting makes it perfect for those looking to explore and take pictures.
Medieval castles, Martello towers and beautiful beaches make for a stunning location.
The imposing towers
The Reculver Towers dominate the east Kent coastline and provide a stunning silhouette when the sun sets.
Initially used as a navigation marker for ships out to sea the towers later became the site of an Anglo-Saxon monastery.
Nowadays, the towers are popular with photographers looking for dramatic photos of the coastline.
Aylesford – a picture perfect location
Located on the banks of the River Medway, Aylesford is one of Kent's most charming villages.
It's no wonder it is so popular with photographers with the village sitting so close to the water.
You may associate Kent with the coast more than rivers but Sandwich, Upnor and Aylesford prove there is just as much beauty in our land.
The medieval village of Yalding
The caption says it all – the village of Yalding, which dates back to the Saxon era, never fails to amaze with its medieval charm.
The main road is somewhat of a throwback and that allows for some stunning photography.
If you had to google 'classic Kent village' something like this would surely come up!
Another popular landmark lying on the banks of the River Medway.
Rochester Cathedral can be found in the heart of the town and dominates the Medway skyline.
Kent's biggest river provides a beautiful backdrop making for a wonderful shot.
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